Treating your mains water supply is a great way to encourage a more positive, wellness lifestyle, but what about when you’re outside of the home? Most of us spend at least some portion of the week in an office, education space, or simply out and about (at least, beyond COVID lockdowns). So why not carry over those filtering benefits to the rest of your weekly routine, with the addition of a filtered water bottle?
Filter water bottles give you peace of mind that all of the water you’re drinking is of good quality, while also lessening your environmental impact and plastic consumption. Here’s our list of the best filtered water bottles available now:
With the water treatment industry focusing on home filter solutions, it can be easy to neglect the fact that many public institutions use tired or outdated infrastructure, which may be a better candidate for filtering than the plumbing in your home.
Schools are a frequent offender here. With children spending at least half their day in the classroom, the benefits of a home filtering can be easily outweighed by an inadequate water fountain. For example, a 2019 Canadian study found unsafe levels of lead in a worrying number of school and daycare settings.
Likewise, many of us spend large portions of our day in offices, commercial buildings, and other public spaces—most of which have uncertain or unclear water treatment policies. Carrying a filtered water bottle allows you to transfer good drinking practices from the home out into the world, giving you the confidence to drink from a wider array of sources.
Daytrips, hikes, and travel
Sometimes a filtered water bottle is more of a necessity than a luxury. In areas where the safety of water can’t be assured—be it a campsite, foreign city, or places with old plumbing infrastructure—carrying a portable filter bottle can mean there’s no need to resort to more intensive sanitation methods such as boiling or chemical treatment.
Good habits = positive effects
Knowing that you always have access to good quality drinking water is a great way to encourage better drinking habits. Because filtering water is an active, physical action (even if it’s simply filling the bottle and letting the filter do its thing), it fits into the category of activities most likely to bring about long-term habit formation and boosts general wellbeing.
The benefits aren’t just personal, however. Filtered water bottles are an environmentally sound solution to portable water—in more than one way. A reusable bottle will significantly reduce your consumption of single-use plastics, while also doing away with the need to introduce chemicals such as iodine or chlorine into sensitive or highly trafficked environments such as backcountry and wilderness areas.