We were just as dismayed as you were to hear the news that SIGG bottles manufactured prior to August 2008 contained BPA. If you previously owned a SIGG bottle and need a new hydration sidekick, or you’re new to this market and are shopping for a BPA free reusable bottle for yourself or your kids, we have taken away the guesswork by compiling a list of our top five picks for safe, stylish non-toxic water bottles for kids. *Most come in adult sizes too!
CamelBak makes two specific kid minded water bottles. According to Sally McCoy, CamelBak CEO, both are 100% BPA free. McCoy notes, “I want to be very clear about what we mean when we say “BPA-Free” – it means there is no BPA in our materials, and thus no BPA in the liquids that people drink from our bottles.” The new CamelBak Kids’ Bottle is made with from a copolyester polymer called Tritan, made by the Eastman Company. Tritan is 100% BPA-free and phthalate-free, but comes with the durability and stain-resistance you want in a child’s water bottle. The Kids’ Stainless Bottle is made from stainless steel, which is leach free, stain-resistant, corrosion-resistant and taste-free. The Kids’ Bottle cap on both bottles is made primarily from food-grade polypropylene while the Bite Valve is constructed with medical grade silicone. The straw is made of polyethylene, the same material used in milk bottles and all of the lid components are BPA free.
The Kid Kanteen Classic is “vastly superior to aluminum and plastic bottles.” The proof of this claim is in the material which comprises Klean Kanteens: 18/18 food grade stainless steel, which contains no harmful chemicals or toxins. Cap & spouts are made of BPA-free polypropylene (pp#5). The curved corners and the rounded threads on Kid Kanteen bottles make them easy to clean and sanitary. Each bottle is built to last a lifetime, and while they are extremely sturdy, they are lightweight and easy for toddlers to hold. No chemicals or weird tastes will leach into water or juice in these bottles, and they are 100% recyclable.
We’ve previously written about the ME-ME sippy cup, which is made out of food grade stainless steel and #5 polypropylene. As contributing Inhabitots writer Jasmin reported, Innate’s 7.5 oz. ME-ME Stainless Steel Sippy Cup won’t corrode, rust, or leach toxic chemicals like bisphenol-A and phthalates. She adds, the ME-ME is designed as a modular system that adapts to your growing child’s needs, with removable handles and a lid you can swap out for a pop-top or drip guard. The stylish no-spill helpers come in two versions (with or without the rubberized grip) and your choice of three colors (Gurly Pink, Puff Blue, and Whirled Peas Green).
From one of our favorite makers of BPA free baby mealtime dishes and safe non-toxic baby bottles comes the Thinksport stainless steel water bottle. This is a reusable bottle that’s great for both kids and parents. (Beth takes hers everywhere!) It comes in two sizes; a 12 oz size perfect for kids ages eight and up, and a 750 ml size which is great for older, extra thirsty kids or adults. This completely BPA free water bottle is a double walled, vacuum sealed stainless steel bottle with a polypropylene drinking spout. It’s double wall system keeps cold drinks chilly for hours. Thinksport bottles come in silver or black only; no flashy colors and designs. But the style is sleek and shiny – and many kids like the look of stainless steel because they can decorate it with stickers.
EarthLust bottles are the most stylish water bottles for design savvy kids… or for kids with design savvy parents. These 13 oz water bottles are also made of food grade stainless steel. BPA-free safe polypropylene #5 is used for the caps. Best of all, each EarthLust water bottle is a work of art. Each features a custom design, many of which are limited editions. Designs are printed with non-toxic paints. While the 13 oz size is perfect for little sippers, an older child could choose one of EarthLust’s equally intriguing 20 oz water bottles.