Water bottles for school have been taking a bad reputation in recent years due to news articles that implied them to be unsafe and dangerous. This has driven parents to avoid buying plastic water bottles for school and instead have resorted to glass and metal. Although glass does not contain harmful chemicals, the mere fact that it is breakable makes it an unsuitable option for kids’ use. Metal, on the other hand, is only good if it is made of stainless steel and not aluminium, which may not have a lining that makes it acceptable as a food grade product. This brings consumers back to considering plastic bottles. Hence, the question goes back to whether it is safe for use?
Plastic bottles are actually safe for use by kids in school. There are just a few reminders and considerations when shopping for them and in using them. First, look for plastic bottles that do not contain BPA or bisphenol A. This chemical is said to resemble the effects of oestrogen and it can possibly leach to the beverage of which the bottle is filled with. If that happens, it can have adverse effects on health, especially for kids. There are other chemicals that are present in some plastic bottles that make them qualify as non-food grade. You should not worry though because they are very easy to identify. All you need to do is look at the recycle label at the bottom or the side of the bottle. It consists of three arrows that create a triangular shape. Inside that triangle is a number. Those that are safe to use for food and beverages are the numbers 1, 2, 4, and 5. Avoid those with numbers 3, 6, and 7.
Aside from knowing what kind of plastic bottle to buy, proper use also contributes to its safety. For example, make sure that the bottles are washed thoroughly after every use. Some people tend to reuse it without washing in between, especially if they only fill it up with pure drinking water. However, handling the bottle and drinking from its tips can transfer bacteria that can ultimately grow and eventually cause harm. To wash the bottle, just use warm water and a dishwashing liquid then brush it thoroughly, inside and out. Remember to wipe it dry to prevent bacteria from thriving in its warm and moist interior. Another thing to remember is to avoid sharing your water bottles for school with anyone. Kids tend to share their lunches with their classmates and that includes sharing their drinks. If your child’s classmate happen to be coming up with a flu or a cold, your child can easily get the virus too. Therefore, remember to remind your child about this safety precaution.
Now that you know that there are plastic water bottles that are safe to use, taking this option over glass and metal bottles is definitely a better idea. Plastic bottles are easy to carry and they are fancy too, especially those ones that have customized prints, like those sold by the school administration. In fact, buying your plastic bottle from them is a wise move because not only will you be supporting the school’s fund drive, the school also ensures that they sell safe products to their students and that will take all your worries away.