According to the Container Recycling Institute, only about 14% of all disposable water bottles are recycled. Those that make it to the recycling center become ‘down-cycled’ into a lower form of plastic and seldom become remade into other plastic bottles. As for the other 86%… Americans add 30 million PET water bottles to landfills everyday! Not only are plastic bottles wasteful, but recent studies have shown that Lexan plastic bottles (polycarbonate #7) leach harmful chemicals into the drinking fluids we ingest from them!
SIGG aluminum bottles, on the other hand, are 100% recyclable, and 100% inert, and make ideal bottles for both children and adults.
With 144 bottle designs and 22 interchangeable lids, you may be inclined to start a collection of trendy SIGG bottles. These smart, kid-friendly drink holdersare designed to last well beyond the childhood years, with some still being used 10-20 years after their original purchase. SIGG dates back to 1908, so it’s no wonder all that experience landed the highly evolved SIGG bottle design in a 1993 NY MoMA Exhibit. But trendy style aside, these quality containers have attracted health conscious people of all ages as the recent press on petroleum based plastic (PET) bottles brings serious environmental questions to the mainstream. Would you want your tots drinking out of anything else?
The SIGG proprietary internal coating is taste and scent neutral, and is baked into the inner walls, preventing it from chipping or flaking off. SIGG bottles also exceed FDA requirements, ensuring 0.0% leaching into their liquid continents.
In a recent study by Alliance Technologiesthird party testing, five types of water bottles were submitted to determine bisphenol-A (BPA) leaching into the water contained in each. The findings of these studies showed a significant amount of BPA leached out of Lexan polycarbonate (PC#7) bottles, generic aluminum, and low density polyethylene bike bottles. In contrast, SIGG bottles under the same testings showed no BPA leaching.
So drink up in style and rejoice that an idea from nearly 100 years ago still holds true to it’s original design…
Before you purchase from Klean Kanteen please read about my experience. It may save you money and time! I ordered online and after I received no response I got worried that I had run into some online scam. I had selected a red tote for my Kanteen but the red ones were not available and yet their website let me order it anyway without saying “not available” or “on backorder.” It seems that Klean Kanteen is a fly by the seat of your pants operation. So, it took a call from me to find out, first, if they had actually received my order and, secondly, when they were going to send it. They told me over the phone it could be “awhile” for the red tote (god only knows how long that is!) so instead of waiting “awhile” I selected a blue tote. Well, the package arrived and I opened it up to find a receipt that listed the Total $42.98 (I bought the 27 oz. bottle, an extra stainless cap, a sling, and a tote, plus shipping) but I recalled being charged $47.62. As you can guess, I promptly phoned them up only to get voicemail, voicemail, voicemail. At this point I had figured out that I am not dealing with an online scam but rather a very unprofessional business! Their classic excuse has become “we’re very busy!” Heck, who isn’t? My time is worth something too! A business having growing pains should not use that as an excuse but as an opportunity to improve their business, these people want none of that! So finally they look up the disparity in price, and you’ll LOVE this, the same size totes are priced differently! If you still think you want to deal with this hokey operation please know that the RED tote ordered online costs $9.99, but the BLUE tote ordered over the phone costs $5.35. I have the receipt to prove it (they still charged me the $9.99 price) and ANYONE who wants to see the receipt please email me at bellasmum bigfoot com. The most important part of this whole diatribe of mine is that at first when Klean Kanteen thought I had been overcharged they blamed it on Paypal!!! Remember that I went onto THEIR website to order THEIR product and yet THEIR responsibility ends there even though I just gave THEM (so I thought) access to MY checking account! Folks this is scary! No ordering online for me anymore. I just wanted to try this brand out because of the shape and if I liked them, send them as gifts to my family throughout the year on their birthdays. That is no longer an option for me as I detest doing business with people like this and I am fearful of their pricing scheme!!!! I have a SIGG bottle and it is fantastic, wish it were thinner but truly it is a good product that I recall being simple and painless to order. Also beware of buying the older models of anything on random sites, it is often the defective stuff, always go to the main source when you can! If you really need the Kanteen, I suggest going to a local store to be sure of the actual service and product. But chances are, where ever there is a Kanteen there is usually a SIGG , or you can find them at www.mysigg.com You DO have a vote in demanding proper service and that vote is YOUR dollar!
[...] out reusable and non-leaching SIGG Eco-Friendly Kids Bottles on Inhabitat, a very stylish way for the whole family to kick the plastic water bottle [...]
Hi All, Just cruising the site and saw the comments on SIGG. I'm the President of SIGG USA. Let me try to answer some of the questions that were raised. - As stated above, SIGG utilizes a protective (non-plastic) liner on the interior and a food-grade paint on the exterior, so there should never be any contact between you and the aluminum bottle. - The fact is humans are constantly exposed to aluminum, which is the third most abundant element on earth and is ubiquitous in food, water and air. - Normal healthy individuals have excellent barriers against aluminum entering the body. Physiologically, aluminum is poorly absorbed by the body and is usually excreted quickly following ingestion. - The link of aluminum to Alzheimer's started in 1965 and has been disproved since then by the scientific community. Per the Alzheimer's Society: "The overwhelming medical and scientific opinion is that the findings do not convincingly demonstrate a causal relationship between aluminium and Alzheimer’s disease." - Aluminum is also the easiest material to recycle in the USA and can be revived to nearly it's full strength - as opposed to plastic which is "down-cycled". Check out www.mysigg.com for two more bits of news: 1) New stainless steel Vintage bottles just arrived - very cool. More cool new SIGG styles coming in January! 2) New "Make a SIGGnificant Difference" program designed to help you clean up your community. Hope this helps! Take care all, Steve
I also wanted to mention that the linked site is not the only SIGG retailer on the web - try www.bayinghound.com for free shipping through the holiday season.
My concern is the possibility of the "inert organic lining" degrading or cracking over time. Sigg does make a stainless steel bottle, but only in the shape of a flask. I have one and it's great, it's thin enough to fit in any bag without taking up too much room. Klean Kanteen also makes a stainless steel bottle (which can double as a self defense club when filled with water... aka don't drop it on your foot)
I have a Sigg bottle and love it, I use it everyday. But to me the question isnt which does less harm, plastic or aluminum but the fact that the most disposable things in our lives will be around longer than us by a factor of a hundred or a thousand.
Promoting SIGG bottles is not the same as saying 'throw out everything else'. It's about making the most informed best choice when you do go to buy something new. The title of the article is geared to Kids bottles, as many parents buy new items for their children. SIGGs are a good choice because of their durability, eco-benefits, and ease of use. Not mentioned in this article, but described on the SIGG website is the fact that SIGGs are manufactured to strict environmental standards. They use ecofriendly cleansers when rinsing the bottles, solvent free paints, and minimal packaging.
I'm not convinced if aluminum is an issue or not. If this concerns you, you can get a simillar product made with stainless steel: http://www.newwaveenviro.com/6-liter-tinted-stainless-steel-p-83.html? My understanding of the BPA issue is that BPA may leach from the polycarbonate after long use or repeated exposure to high and low temps. I believe if you hand wash polycarbonate and not put it in the dishwasher or freezer, you should be all set.
What's interesting about the "Sigg vs. Nalgene" issue is that, even here at inhabitat there is this eco-notion that what we are using today (Nalgene) is bad so we have to replace it with something that is (good). In the process we are generating both excess waste and excess energy use. Obviously manufacturing a new bottle is not as environmentally sound as reusing the one we already have. This is particularly alarming when the bottle we throw away ends up (in 86% of cases according to original aricle) in landfill. While I don't question the scientifics of leaching, I am curious as to the "real" effect of the leaching. How much BPA is leached in a lifetime and what are the realistic effects of the leaching. In other words, is this all a bunch of hype based on extreme laboratory tests or is my Nalgene really as bad as certain media try to make it out to be?
Love the graphics on the bottles, but it's worth noting that the risks attributed to BPA are not conclusive. The European Union has determined that there is no risk from using polycarbonate for food containers. Heartening, considering in many ways Europe has much stricter standards when it comes to health and safety.
Read the article kids, it says the inside is coated so the aluminum doesn't touch the contents. But what I want to know is why there is BPA in the generic aluminum bottle. The compound is used in making plastics right? I also want to know why they are surprised that the sigg bottle didn't have BPA since it has a non plastic (i think) coating on the inside....
Salt, Grannie added salt into boiling water in her aluminium pans. She also lived until 96 years of age. No alzeimers was ever diagnosed,
Aluminium?! My Grandmother used to add some sat into boiled water in her aluminium pans to get the tarnish off of her silverware. Now aluminium is linked to Alzheimers. So, I don,t think that these bottles are a good alternative. Are ther any stainless steel bottles out there?
I do like the sigg bottles (and definitely prefer to plastic drinking bottles any day!), but have heard some concern over the fact that they are made from aluminum, which is linked to health issues such as alzheimers. Any feedback from someone who would know more detailed information?