I don't like buying bottled water, but I like the bottles in which the water comes. Sure, I know that it leaches nasty chemicals into my body. I'm apparently willing to overlook that in favor of a cheap supple plastic container that fits into the water bottle pouches on the outside of my bookbag.
Has anybody found a substitute for bottles like that?
This is a good question, especially since the largest Canadian outdoor-goods retailer pulled Nalgene bottles from its shelves last month, citing health reasons...
This is difficult, though, since polycarbonates are ubiquitous these days. How do you know if a bottle is made from polycarbonate? Look for the recycle designation #7.
Here are a few other bottle options convenient for people on the go. Remember that no matter whether you use a "healthy" bottle or not you still should clean it regularly. Bacteria build-up can cause sickness; just get a baby bottle brush (available for cheap at pretty much any drugstore) and clean out narrow bottles frequently with hot soap and water.
• CamelBak Performance Bottle: Last fall CamelBak announced that they switched the plastic in their popular bottles from one that contains bisphenol A to one that does not. The new plastic is also more dishwasher-friendly. These bottles are still squishy enough to jam in a water bottle holder, and they're inexpensive - about $8.
• Swellz TapSacks: Like old wine jugs from the Middle East and Europe, these bags are made out of leather, with a modern latex interior. We have no idea how to clean them, but they look adaptable and interesting. $32.
• Aluminum Bottles: We've talked about Sigg bottles. We love ours; it doesn't leach anything into the water and keeps the water cool and fresh. They are also extremely light and come in multiple sizes. Not squishy or "supple" though.