Sigg Water Bottle

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Pros: Reusable, recyclable

Cons: Gets dinged up kind of easily, made from aluminum, undisclosed materials in lining

I've had my Sigg bottle for a while now.  As a reusable water bottle goes, it's served me pretty well.  Design wise, they have a good number of options now (with different prints too) but I have the classic design.  It's fine for water and what not, but there's no way you could ever get ice in there (unless you froze some water inside of the bottle).

 

In terms of the health safety of the bottle...well, first it's clear the bottle is made from aluminum.  There haven't been any 100% conclusions drawn between any relationship of Alzheimer's and aluminum...but I suppose if you're going to follow the precautionary principle, you might want to think twice about drinking from aluminum...although they say that the liner protects any leaching from the metal.

 

Okay, but now let's talk about the liner.  Sigg of course insists that it's 100% safe.  Third party tests do indicate that water held in the bottles has "no detectable BPA" in it (although if you get a copy-cat Chinese version...well...just don't get one of those).  But....yes, there's a but. 

 

The recipe for the liner is proprietary information and thus, they don't disclose how it's made or what's in it exactly.  For a while, they were calling it "water-based epoxy resin."  It appears that phrase is no longer on the Sigg website itself, but it's still in the description on Amazon.  Of course, the company talks about how it exceeds FDA approval.  Well, theoretically that's great.  The only problem is....all canned food liners are FDA approved too and those for sure have BPA in them.  So there's no telling whether or not Sigg liners are made with BPA....they might be...but theoretically they don't leach (or not enough to be detected at whatever levels they were looking for).  Oh and for the older bottles...there's some question about having damaged linings leach.  They say now that the formula is elastic and that new bottles are worry free.

 

At some point, you have to shrug and say, well...we're living in a chemical soup anyway.  I guess it just depends how skeptical you want to be.

 

I still use my Sigg (not tons, but some).  But I find myself leaning a little more towards using my stainless steel options.

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Pros: light weight, comes in different sizes

Cons: has lining that can leach toxins into the water

So, I bought this to hold water for my little students in my Palo Alto Preschool when I thought the Siggs  were the most healthy bottle to keep water in. Turns out that I was wrong and the lining inside contains toxins that can leach into the water.  BE sure to stay away from those endocrin disruptors like BPA and parabens and phthalates, y'all.  I much prefer the Kleen Kanteen.

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Pros: Funky cool, durable & lightweight

Cons: may leach BPA, cannot freeze & very pricey $$$

86% of commercial plastic water (one-use) bottles used in the United States end up in landfills, taking up to 1000 years to biodegrade. - Transporting bottled water consumes approximately 1.5 million barrels of fossil fuels per year. So it is definitely helpful to reduce this number by carrying a refillable bottle.


Aluminum bottles are an option but not just any aluminum bottles. Aluminum although light weight has to be lined with something to make sure the contents are safe for drinking. Some aluminum bottles have an epoxy resin lining, which can also leach chemicals, including Bisphenol A (BPA). This epoxy resin is also found as a protective lining on the inside of metal-based food and beverage cans/containers.

 

BPA s an environmental estrogen that has been linked to an unexplained increase in such diseases as breast and prostate cancer. "BPA is ubiquitous. It's used, for example, in the inside of food cans. The presence of a chemical does not necessarily denote the presence of danger," according to Joe Schwarcz, The Montreal Gazette's science columnist. Schwarcz, along with other scientists, says there is no danger in using - or re-using - either single-serving or hard plastic water bottles as long as  they are well cleaned, they pose no health risk. According to Health Canada and Environment Canada: "

The current research tells us the general public need not be concerned. In general, most Canadians are exposed to very low levels of bisphenol A, therefore, it does not pose a health risk." and yet they are moving forward with legislation to ban the importation, sale and advertising of polycarbonate baby bottles. 

 

Two types that have shown no leaching in independent tests are Laken and Sigg. Both have uses proprietary formulas for their coatings in the last two years of manufacturing - so if the bottle was manufactured before that, it still has the potential to leach BPA.

 

Historically, aluminum has been considered relatively non-toxic. However, an abundance of scientific studies are now showing that long-term exposure to elevated levels of aluminum may adversely affect humans and animals. At high enough levels, aluminium is capable of causing adverse effects related to reproduction, neurological behaviour and neurological development. Aluminum is often suggested as a possible cause of Alzheimer’s disease; although, to date research results that suggest an association between high aluminum accumulation in the body and Alzheimer’s disease are not considered conclusive.

 

So the best choice often touted for a re-useable water bottle, due to its durability, is one made from unlined food-grade stainless steel. They can handle most liquids, can be cleaned easily and, most important, don’t leach ANY chemicals EVER. They are also available for under $15. However, I do not enjoy drinking water from any kind of mettalic container, so there are new "BPA-free" plastics becoming available now, like those from USA -made Nalgene, that are also less expensive, but I am wary of them until more is known.

 

Both stainless and aluminium, or the new BPA-free plastic products have polypropylene tops as they appear to be leach-free and are softer on your teeth if you bump them. Any bottle, whether it's plastic, metal or glass, can have unsafe bacteria build-up. If you reuse it, it should always be washed by hand in hot water using regular dish washing liquid and left to dry on a dish rack and never used in the microwave or the freezer (inserting ice cubes is okay though).

 

Whether or not you are concerned about BPA, aluminium or recycling - there are great alternative materials used for products that are just as convenient and inexpensive, that TASTE better.  I recently purchased CERAMIC-lined stainless steel on the go coffee mugs for uner $15  that I LOVE, because I can fill them with hot beverages or cold and there is no residue taste if I switch between coffee and tea or plain water and there is no mettallic taste!

 

There are also travel mugs with lids that are all-ceramic that can go in the dishwasher and microwave! Just Google ceramic lined cofee travel mug and you will find a lot of different types available fin stores or online. I have also discovered the Therm-O glass bottle doubles as an eco-carafe with a removable interior tea-strainer - so that is somehing I am going to look into getting too.

 

 

 

 

 

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...Enough said. Water doesn't taste funny after drinking from it, it doesn't leak, the screw cap seems to work brilliantly after a month or so, it's stylish and promotes itself as eco-friendly (my bottle says "simply eco logical" right on it). Multiple reports on the product claim that the product exceeds FDA regulations for leaching and since I am not a scientist and can not do my own research, I'll believe them. It's certainly better ecologically and economically than buying 20 disposable water bottles every week--even with it's astounding sticker price--my old habit, pre-Sigg water bottle.

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Pros: convenient, easy to use, pretty, green, safe

Cons: too big for my purse or cup holder

I have been eyeing the Sigg bottles at Whole Foods but couldn't find a design I liked so I've held off.  I'm so glad I did because my kids got me a customized one with my name on it for mother's day.  They bought it from www.cafepress.com where you can design your own Sigg.  How cool is that?


Other than the prettiness, what I like most about the Sigg is being able to easily take it with you wherever you go.  Although it's too big to fit in my purse, the top has a hole that makes it easy to carry it using my thumb.  The easy on-the-go nature of the Sigg bottle allows me to easily drink my daily 8 glass water - and that was hard for me to do before.

 

The water tastes much better in the Siggs!  Having used plastic bottles in the past, I can remember tasting something in my water.  I thought that was normal but knowing what I know now, I realize it was leeching.  The water tastes more clear - without any other added taste or scent.  According to the description, the Siggs are a much safer alternative to plastic bottles and very durable. 

 

I am giving this product two thumbs up.  An eco-friendly product that helps me be healthy, looks stylish and personalized with name (no one can mistakenly take it!), and a gift from my kids...what more can a gal ask for?

 

 

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Pros: Light, reusable

Cons: price

The price is up there and if I had seen some of the other options before I purchased my Sigg I might not have one but I bought it and I like it. It is nice I haven't had bottled water in my apartment for well over two years now and the Sigg helps me stay hydrated. I wont say it is the only answer and I won't claim it is the best but it works and I see no reason to waste it.

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Pros: Great Designs, Reliable

Cons: Price, Rumours about their safety

Sigg bottles were the only option for a while and they were so hard to resist due to their beautiful and plentiful designs.  There have been rumours in the Green community as to their true safety, however I believe most of the actual scientific evidence proves they are still a safe choice for your cold beverages.  Recently in Canada more companies are coming out with stainless steel or aluminum bottles at a far less price which also have great designs and colors.  Although I own 2 Sigg bottles I have started purchasing other brands simply for their economical bonus!  Sigg is still a good bottle as far as I'm concerned if your willing to pay dearly for them.

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Pros: Fun designs, not plastic, good lid

Cons: Cleaning, price

 I love these bottles.  I wish my daughter hadn't lost hers.  They're a bit pricey to replace.  The colors and patterns are so fun, a nice change from silver.  I would really like to start seeing these in recycled material.  

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Pros: lightweight, great design

Cons: is it healthy?

I absolutely love it in terms of how useful it is and how cool it looks. You see, I have a Poland Spring water cooler in my house so I always take my water with me when I leave the house. 

I used to reuse the plastic bottles till I heard how bad it can be to your health (espescially during summer when the water bottle sits in the sun for hours and gets reused the next day).

So i bought this beautiful Sigg.

And now what do I hear: thats not safe either???  Its terrible how they keep coming with more and more reports about how bad or good things are. Every day the opinions differ. For instance today:I've always heard that wine is good for you. Well ntoday I found an article that it's full of hard metals

 so we should not consume it. (Thats just one example. I see these articles every day: one day coffe is good for blood, beer is good for skin, chocolate is good for brain and the other day its so bad for you that,  after reading the report, you're surprised you're still alive!).

SO, for now, I love and will keep using my Sigg. 

 

 

Sigg Water Bottle
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A safe, stylish alternative to plastic water bottles, Sigg water bottles are a great choice for transporting beverages on your daily commute or while backcountry hiking. This ultra-lightweight bottle is extruded from a single piece of aluminum. Designed to fit your on-the-go lifestyle, it comes with a loop top bottle cap, which can be secured via hook or caribiner clip to a backpack or daypack. Sigg bottles are virtually unbreakable and are constructed with no seams, ensuring a long-lasting, leak-proof performance. They also feature Sigg's proprietary baked-on inner liner, which is made from a non-toxic, water-based epoxy resin that exceeds FDA requirements for leaching (0.0 percent) and is independently tested to be taste- and scent-neutral. Every Sigg bottle is 100 percent recyclable at the end of its life, and is backed by a lifetime warranty. About Sigg It all started with a simple hiker’s bottle. Today, the SIGG bottle has acquired cult status. What happened is a success story that started in Biel, Switzerland in 1908. Küng, Sigg & Cie. manufactured leisure goods, kitchenware, and electrical appliances. The company relocated to Frauenfeld in 1916, where it helped pioneer the legendary tradition of Swiss quality. Since 1998, SIGG has concentrated on its core business: drinking bottles that deliver ultimate customer benefit. Frequently Asked Questions: Q: Can Sigg bottles be used for boiling water? A: No. Strong heat can damage the outer coating. Q: Can dents in the bottle damage the Sigg bottle's inner coating? A: No, the Sigg inner coating is highly elastic. Dents cannot crack or chip the internal lining and the Sigg bottle remains perfectly usable. Q: Can I use my Sigg bottle for carbonated drinks? A: Yes, all Sigg bottle tops provide a 100 percent seal and will not leak. It's recommended that you fill the bottle no further than 1/2-inch below the lip. And before taking a drink, relieve the pressure inside the bottle by gently rotating the entire top. Q: Are Sigg bottles dishwasher safe? A: Yes, but because of the narrow mouth of the bottle, hand washing is recommended. Q: Can a Sigg bottle be placed in the freezer A: No, as this may cause the bottle to crack. However, the bottle can be chilled in the refrigerator.

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Bottle Size(s)0.6L, 1L
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Can be bought in France for 16,50€ :  http://www.maceria.com/shop/product/SIGG-Keith-Haring-0-6-l-aluminium-transparent