After doing some research into BPA free plastic water bottles, I found that BPA free doesn’t always mean toxin free. As a matter of fact, many BPA free items contain “regrettable substitutions.” Regrettable substitution is when one chemical is swapped out for another chemical that may be just as bad or worse.
Having learned this I opted to purchase glass water bottles. After all, if I ditch the plastic water bottle I won’t have to worry about the bottle containing BPA’s more toxic cousin (or cousins). The problem I found with glass water bottles, however, was the price. I did a double take when I saw my local store was charging $15 for a 16-ounce glass water bottle and over $20 for the larger sizes. Really? I didn’t want anything fancy. All I wanted was a water container that would fit in my car’s cup holder (my mason jars are too wide).
Look in the Juice Aisle
I walked right past the water bottles and moseyed over to the beverage aisle. There I found the perfect size container for under $2. Inside the container was 16 ounces of Herbert’s Lemonade. The bottles appeared to be just as tall and narrow as the $15 water bottles. Granted, Herbert’s Lemonade was missing the silicone sleeve, but that’s not a problem. Since making the bag-o-bags, I know how to create a sleeve if I needed one.
I purchased 3 flavors of Herbert’s Lemonade (spent less than $6). My daughter loves Herbert’s Lemonade so she was happy to be a participant in my glass water bottle hunt. She enjoyed the lemonade (I find them a little too sweet for my palate) and I now have the glass water bottles I’ve been looking for. What a simple and inexpensive solution.