Posted on July 07 2021
By Sheila Anthony
For stainless steel to be classified as such, it requires a minimum of 11% chromium be mixed in with its iron and carbon content. And items you use every day, like some water or sports bottles, utensils, and pots and pans, are typically made from something called 304 stainless steel. This grade is also known as 18/8, which means it’s 18% chromium and 8% nickel. It’s those additions, particularly the chromium, that provide 304 stainless steel with its famous protective resistance to corrosion.
In the market for a new water bottle? You might want to think about selecting a stainless steel one. Here’s why:
It Isn’t Single-Use Plastic
We’ve seen the headlines about the amount of plastic in oceans and landfills, so no need to rehash that here. And protecting the environment may be reason enough to switch from a plastic to a stainless steel water bottle. But there’s also the fact that stainless steel is completely free of bisphenol A (BPA), an estrogen-mimicking chemical and a possible endocrine disruptor, which is used to make certain plastics, including single-use plastic water bottles. In fact, with stainless steel, not only is there no BPA, BPS, or PFAS leaching into your beverage, there’s no chemical leaching of anything at all.
It Preserves Taste Integrity
Stainless steel is a stable compound so even if your sports bottle is filled with a spicy liquid, its interior remains nonreactive. That means whatever beverage you pour into a stainless steel bottle maintains its flavor and content integrity which, in turn, means that if you decide to fill up your stainless steel bottle with a completely different beverage tomorrow, it won’t taste like yesterday’s beverage because stainless steel doesn’t hold on to residual flavors or odors like plastic. Plus, you can wash stainless steel bottles at high temperatures, making them incredibly easy to sanitize.
You Can Drop It and It Won’t Break or Shatter
Heck, you can throw it and it won’t break or shatter. Stainless steel is, of course, famous for its corrosion-resistance and its sleek, aesthetic appeal, but it’s also a workhorse that’s incredibly durable. Toss your stainless steel sports bottle into the back of your truck or car and let it roll around. It’ll come out of any adventure completely unscathed. In fact, if you were to purchase a stainless steel bottle today, it might be the only one you’d ever need to own.
It Can Hold Hot and Cold Liquids
The nimble metal can accommodate both boiling hot and icy cold temperatures. And stainless steel water bottles are often designed with vacuum insulation to preserve the interior temperature longer.
Stainless steel is considered inert waste, which means it doesn’t “undergo any significant physical, chemical, or biological transformations when deposited in landfill.” But why would your water bottle (or anything else stainless steel) end up in landfill anyway? Because here’s another great thing about stainless steel: it’s infinitely recyclable. Yep, it can be endlessly reused and repurposed. Tired of your stainless steel sports bottle? No problem. Just pitch it into the recycling bin so it can be turned into something else like, hey, how about another sports bottle?
Dishwasher safe, lightweight, able to handle most any beverage, incredibly durable, sustainable—a stainless steel sports bottle may just be the perfect choice.
Check out one of GEO’s bestselling sports bottles:
FDA-approved and 100% BPA-free, the GEO 28-oz Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Sports Bottle boasts ISOTEMP™ insulation that keeps your beverage cold for up to 24 hours or hot up to 6 hours. This pro-grade 18/8 stainless steel bottle features a premium powder coating that minimizes condensation. It also has a tight-fitting 55-mm screw cap with a convenient carrying strap, and its wide-mouth design lets you drop in some ice cubes or easily position a single-cup coffee filter holder on top for preparing a hot brew to go. You can also choose from 7 different colors for a personalized look.