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Tag: bpa-free water bottle

BPA-free Waterbottles

One of my Jazzercise friends approached me during class this morning wondering if her plastic Nalgene waterbottle was BPA-free and therefore safe to drink from. Nalgene makes a line of BPA-free water bottles, so as long as her water bottle came from that product line, I would consider it safe to use regularly. (More BPA-free products here and here.)

“I do put it in the dishwasher,” she confessed next.

Here’s the problem: the dishwasher can overheat plastic, causing microscopic flaws in the material. These flaws allow the plastics to microscopically disintegrate and leach chemicals into the foods or liquids placed in them. Nalgene (the company) recommends using these methods to clean water bottles:

  • Soak in warm soapy water
  • Soak in warm water with lemon
  • Soak in warm water with baking soda

In our house, we now hand-wash anything we use that is made of plastic — including travel coffee mugs, food storage containers, and water bottles. We’ve got a pile of non-BPA-free water bottles waiting for the next garage sale and have transitioned the kids completely to glassware and ceramic dishes.

While we do not have a plastic-free house by any means — yet –, we are trying to eliminate BPAs little by little in our journey toward living naturally and robust health.

31 Tips for Saving Money While Keeping Your Organic Lifestyle

This came across my Twitterstream recently and I thought it worthy of sharing. Meghan Rabbit gives a boatload of ways you can trim your budget without sacrifcing essentials in your lifestyle such as organic foods, workouts, or massages. (Meghan is a senior editor at Natural Solutions magazine.)

Some of my favorites include:

– Barter for goods. Meghan trades writing a monthly newsletter for unlimited yoga classes at her local studio.

– Stop buying bottled water. I fully agree. I live for my Nikken water filter and use it fill PBA-free water bottles. I just found some great new, shatterproof pba-free water bottles at King’s Soopers for 15% off. I got one for each family member for only $3-5 each.

– Make your coffee at home. I don’t know about you, but I gave up my $4/day Starbucks habbit years ago, early into the budget crisis. Either I bring my own coffee (organic, free trade, of course!) in my travel mug, or I get a small cup of decaf (less than $2) and savor it. Sigh. We must all make sacrifices in these times.