Angry Toxicologist

Practical Water Bottle Advice

A reader asked me for some help choosing a water bottle because of concerns about antimony, bisphenol A, and phthalates (BPA is really the only risk worth thinking about in this trifecta). She read this NYTimes article about plastic bottles and risks,…etc. She was rather confused by the article. No doubt, it’s more stream of consciousness than helpfulness. So here’s your simple, practical advice, Amy:

Get this bottle.

It’s the HDPE or the #2 that you are looking for (the milky looking plastic). It’s cheap, reusable, sturdy, dishwasher safe, and people safe.

(No, I don’t get any money from Nalgene)


  1. #1 sonyala
    January 10, 2008

    I love the stainless steel bottles by Kleen Kanteen. The make sippy cup attachments for kids. The paint on Sigg bottles chips off and Siggs dent more when dropped…plus they have a plastic lining.

  2. #2 Trian
    January 10, 2008

    I think that the Kleen Kanteens are better. Hardly any plastic, lightweight & very durable. Just my opinion.

    (and no, I dont’ get money from Kleen Kanteen, or any other related company for that matter.)

  3. #3 ms
    January 10, 2008

    awesome. glad to see a new and pefectly useful entry from you.

  4. #4 Daniel Mcgonagle
    January 15, 2008

    Thanks for the heads up! Really great post. That’s a must-read I must
    say. 🙂

  5. #5 Dave Briggs
    January 15, 2008

    Thanks for the advice! With so many chemicals to be aware of it’s nice to know the water bottle issues is settled!
    Dave Briggs :~)

  6. #6 Michael Rayner
    February 25, 2008

    I find the lining of SIGG bottles kind of dubious. The company says it is some sort of epoxy resin but the formulation is a trade secret. I’d rather stick with high density polyethylene because I at least know what it is made of. I’m also pretty frugal so I like the price of HDPE and it is pretty easily recycled which is another plus.

    I love this blog! It is so difficult to sort out information and it’s tough to keep toxins in perspective since almost anything is toxic in the right dose. I’m very grateful for the clear info.

    Michael R

  7. #7 rabbity
    December 3, 2008

    So what are we to do with all the polycarbonate Nalgene drinking bottles we all rushed out to get?
    How about the #5 Rubbermaid drinking bottles? OK? No? Use? No?
    If not, now what?

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