It's Complicated: Water Bottles

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Let's throw more fuel on the bottled water fire. NPR reports that a chemical called bisphenol A, or BPA, in polycarbonate bottles may—or may not—have health effects. Polycarbonate, brand name Lexan®, is used in the most well-known brand of hard plastic water bottles.

To be clear: now in question are the very same reusable alternatives to water in disposable plastic bottles… the ones we've been championing for quite some time.

So, we thought it might be a good time to revisit a few of our past posts on water bottle choices.

SIGG bottles are aluminum with a coating inside that the manufacturer claims has been tested to have "0.0% leaching."

• Reader Philip tipped us off to the stainless steel Kleen Kanteen.

• At home, we prefer drinking from a glass; this carafe keeps water handy at bedside.

• And to get the clean water for that snazzy and safe new bottle, check the comments thread of this post.