Reusable Water Bottles for Your Next Adventure

Reusable water bottle being filled

In this warm weather it’s important to stay hydrated. Which means you can’t go without (reusable) water bottles. Especially when you’re out on an adventure!

Single-use plastic bottles

In the build-up to last week’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, 200+ brands signed up to the Plastic Impact Alliance. Thereby committing to reject single-use plastic bottles at the outdoor tradeshow. Prior to the show LifeStraw, the company specialized in water filter systems, conducted a poll amongst over a 1000 American outdoor enthusiasts regarding the use of bottles.

The results showed that 43% use single-use plastic water bottles during outdoor activities. This made me wonder, what is the best way to stay hydrated on the trail without adding to the pile of waste?

Types of reusable water bottles

There is an overwhelming and rapidly growing variety of reusable bottles, however there are roughly three main options: bottles made from reusable plastic, stainless steel or aluminium.

The Sustainable Citizen wrote a comprehensive article about reusable water bottles and made some recommendations based on human health, environmental friendliness, functionality and sustainability of companies. In case you’re like me and have no idea what type of re-usable bottle you’re looking for its definitely worth a read.

Their advice is to use a glass bottle. However, this may be problematic for most outdoor activities for obvious reasons. The second best option is to go for a stainless steel bottle. Preferably from a company which takes sustainability seriously and incorporates it throughout their entire business. Like Klean Kanteen, a well-known brand in the outdoor industry and B Corp certified.

My next water bottle

To avoid plastics and the associated chemicals in them all together my next choice of bottle will be a stainless steel one. Especially since the material is very robust. In case you do manage to destroy it its completely recyclable without loss of quality. So, no down-cycling which is the case with (reusable) plastics. In addition, on average stainless steel applications already consist of 60% recycled content.

What do you use to stay hydrated during your adventures?

2 thoughts on “Reusable Water Bottles for Your Next Adventure”

  1. Reading this blog left me thinking on alternative drinking systems.
    How about Platypus with the flexible bottles or the Camelbak drinking systems? Both products are used often in the outdoor branche and have served me well. They are reusable (though probably not as recycable as aluminium) and last (when cleaned properly) just as long as a bottle.

    • You’re right, besides the reusable bottles these type of water bladders are often used! The article I’m referring to from the Sustainable Citizen does not discuss these, but I would say that the same applies as for reusable plastic bottles. Definitely better than single use plastics, but less recyclable and it’s a guess what the exact chemical composition of the material is. Even BPA-free bottles may still contain harmful alternatives like BPS. Although the Platypus website mentions that their materials are BPA-free, BPS-free, and phthalate-free. So it seems that the Platypus is a save alternative!

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