First off, plastic is terrible for the planet. The material is made from nonrenewable materials and is very slow to degrade, so it clogs landfills, leaches chemicals into soil, and kills animals that accidentally ingest it. Plus, a 2016 report from the World Economic Forum estimates that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than there are fish.
And it’s not just the health of the planet that’s a concern—plastic may not be the healthiest option for your child. Some plastics contain harmful chemicals like BPA, a hormone disruptor linked to cancer, heart disease, brain and nervous system abnormalities, diabetes, and more. It can be difficult to tell whether a plastic product is safe, so why risk it?
Stainless steel to the rescue. Stainless steel water bottles provide all the convenience and durability of plastic, minus the sketchy chemicals and environmental impact. (It’s one of our four recommended non-toxic alternatives to Teflon cookware) Plus, many companies are now making bottles with colors and patterns geared toward kids and teens. Here are a few of our favorites.
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