Happy & Hydrated

Here’s a stat which may convince you to change your drinking habits: Eight out of 10 plastic water bottles used in the U.S. become garbage or end up in a landfill. One simple way to quench your thirst without all that waste is to switch to a reusable plastic bottle and to drink your water that way.

Recently, however, a growing number of consumers have shied away from the hard plastic bottles (namely #7 bottles) due to concerns over a chemical called Bisphenol-A (BPA). Rather than debate the safety record of BPA, suffice it to say that consumer demand has driven companies like Nalgene to create new #7 bottles made without this compound. The result is Nalgene’s new Everyday line of water bottles. They come in a rainbow of fun colors as well as numerous shapes and sizes. Now, adjacent to the #7 stamped on the bottom of each bottle, you’ll see the words, “other” or “BPA free” … noting that the plastic has been made without Bisphenol-A.
With summer just around the corner, we’re confident our kids will stay healthy and hydrated and our landfills less cluttered with our snazzy new water bottles (the photos show Janice’s daughters, Leah and Carolyn enjoying their new bottles). For more information check out

3 Responses to “Happy & Hydrated”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Hi, good post on a topic I have been hearing much about. Have heard that this chemical you mention is also on the inside of cans? I heard a talk on the people’s pharmacy on Minnesota Public Radio by a PhD. that gave all these warnings about plastic, microwaves and canned food. I use canned beans, soups… what is the scoop?

  2. The Meal Makeover Moms Says:

    Hi Greg:

    Thanks for your question on the use of BPA in the lining of canned foods.

    We went to the North American Metal Packaging Alliance (NAMPA) website and read through some of their recent press materials. There, we learned that on April 29, 2008 the FDA issued the following statement: “Based on our ongoing review, we believe there is a large body of evidence that indicates that FDA regulated products containing BPA currently on the market are safe and that exposure levels to BPA from food contact materials, including for infants and children, are below those that may cause health effects.”

    We also learned that just last week, the FDA announced its decision to convene a public meeting “this fall” on the safety on Bisphenol A in plastics, review an Agency Task Force report on the subject, and deliver its findings to FDA’s Science Board.

    We will keep you posted on any new information that we find. In the meantime, we say keep eating those healthy canned beans. Just remember to rinse them to wash away almost half of the sodium.

  3. Big water drinker Says:

    I have three of these bottles you mentioned and we re-fill them at least three times a day – they truly are wonderful. And I never have to worry about them breaking or chemicals b/c they’re BPA free as you stated. Our toddler even has one with a sippie top!
    Thanks makeover moms!

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