Bottled Water Vs. Canned Water
When it comes to water storage containers, people can buy either a plastic bottle, glass jar (although very rarely seen) or an aluminium can. These options may seem similar on the surface; they all hold liquids, after all. Yet major differences between the aluminium can and the plastic bottle can affect the health of both people and the environment – as well as the taste.
Advantages of Bottled Water
You can reseal plastic bottles by putting the bottle-lid back on; doing so prevents contaminants getting into the drink, increases portability and preserves freshness. Cans cannot be resealed once they are opened, so the entire contents of the can must be consumed in a single sitting, or placed into a storage container.
When selecting your bottled water supplier, ensure their bottles are made from PET food-grade plastic. This prevents leeching of potentially dangerous chemicals such as BPA into the water. Read more about that here.
Some other benefits of bottled water over canned water include:
Keeping your refrigerator stocked with bottled water is a quick and convenient way to fulfil your body’s hydration needs. Although it doesn’t take much time or effort to fill a glass with water from the tap or a pitcher, grabbing a bottled water from the refrigerator is even quicker.
- You Can Track Your Intake
To keep the body properly hydrated, recommendations usually advise drinking six to eight 8 glasses of water per day. And while that recommendation seems quite simple to follow, it can be a bit challenging to keep track of how much water you’re actually drinking. But a bottle of water’s label clearly indicates the volume of water you’re drinking — so you can easily track your intake in ounces. Bottled water is available in a variety of sizes, from handy half-litre bottles to larger sized containers.
- Your Water Remains Taste- and Odor-Free
Water from the tap occasionally has an unpleasant taste or odour, such as a metallic taste or sulphurous odour. These smells and flavours can be imparted on drinking water from chemical treatments, plants or animals inhabiting the original water source or the plumbing materials used to deliver water into your home. While these subtle scents and tastes may not bother everyone, people with discriminating tastes may be displeased. Typically, bottled water has no recognizable aromas or flavours.
Advantages of Canned Water
Aluminium cans do not contain bisophenol A (BPA), found in (some) plastic bottles. This chemical has come under scrutiny due to a possible link to health risks that might include cancer. Aquazania’s PET food-grade water bottles are BPA free – read more about that here.
Other advantages of drinking canned water include:
- Cans have the highest recycling rate of any beverage container .
- The average aluminium can is made from 68 percent total recycled content, the highest of any beverage container.
- Cans don’t shatter and are among the lightest beverage packages to transport, reducing their environmental footprint. However, in comparison to plastic bottled water, this is not the case.
- Cans go from the recycling bin to store shelves within 60 days.
The choice is and always will be yours.