How to Choose the Right Water Bottle

Which Bottle is Best for My Water?

Glass Bottles

We always recommend glass bottles for your water, particularly if you store your water in your bottles. Glass is the best alternative to insure the purity and taste of your water.

However, we realize that glass is not always the most practical solution for everyone. For one thing, glass bottles are heavier than plastic bottles and the larger sizes do not typically have handles to help carry them with (For this reason, we sell inexpensive web-carriers for the larger glass bottles and highly recommend you purchase them for your larger glass bottles).

A 3-gallon glass bottle full of water weights just under 30 pounds, which can be a lot for many people to comfortably manage. Glass bottles are also very slippery when wet, so always insure your bottle is dry before you move it.

Plastic Bottles

We sell many different types and sizes of plastic bottles.

Turn a plastic bottle over and you will usually see a small triangle with a number in it. The number will tell you what type of plastic the bottle is made from. Here is a quick rundown to the various types of plastic commonly used in water bottles:

#1 -- Pet or Pete (polyethylene terephthalate) – the most widely used plastic and easily recyclable. Free from BPA (Bisphenol A)

#3 -- HDPE (high-density polyethylene) – a soft plastic widely used for milk jugs and plastic bags. Often recycled to make plastic bottles. BPA-free.

#5 -- PP (polypropylene) – used in clouded plastic containers and baby bottles. BPA-free

#7 -- the number 7 indicates a mix of plastics, including plant-based plastic alternatives. A bottle with the #7 may or may not be BPA-free. It will usually indicate somewhere on the bottle if it is BPA-free

What is BPA and why should I care about it being in my bottles?

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a synthetic organic compound that has been used in plastic bottles since the 1950’s. BPA increases the strength of the plastic. The concern about BPA is that it exhibits hormone-like properties. BPA has been called an “endocrine disrupter” as it can bind to and activate the same estrogen receptor as natural estrogen. Various studies in animals have raised concerns that it can be detrimental to human health, particularly infants and children. However, in July of 2014 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that the use of BPA in food contact applications, “is safe at the current levels occurring in foods”. However, experts in the field of endocrine disruptors believe that even current levels of BPA can cause adverse health effects in the general population.

Most, but not all, of the bottles we carry are BPA-free. Because BPA-free bottles are not as durable as bottles with BPA, and thus have to be replaced more frequently than BPA-free bottles, we continue to offer a choice. If BPA Is a concern for you, please be sure to select bottles which have the BPA-free sticker on them when you purchase a bottle from us.

What is the best way to clean my bottles?

Never use bottlebrushes or abrasive cleaners to clean your bottles. Doing so may leave small abrasions in your bottles that can become a place for bacteria to gather and grow. Furthermore, it can cause any chemicals in plastic bottles to leech into your water over time.

The best way to clean your bottle is to take a small amount of vinegar (or apple cider vinegar which doesn’t have as strong a smell as regular vinegar), combine it in your bottle with a small amount of clean water and a small piece of paper towel. Put the cap back on the bottle and swish the vinegar/water mixture and paper towel around in the bottle. After a few minutes, empty the bottle and rinse thoroughly with clean water. If your bottle is particularly dirty, you may need to repeat this process again, but the end result will be a sparkling clean bottle ready for your pure, clean water!

Our mission at Sedona Water Works is to offer our customers a selection of pure waters to choose from, available at a fair price, and combined with exceptional customer service.