3 Plastic Water Bottle Alternatives That Are Eco-Friendly

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3 Plastic Water Bottle Alternatives That Are Eco-Friendly

Are you tired of contributing to plastic waste with bottled water? Discover three eco-friendly and sustainable alternatives to plastic-bottled water, including innovative ways to access spring water without plastic packaging.

Kelli Harris - Writer for Mayu Water
By Kelli Harris
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Edited by Jovan Mijailović

Published May 30, 2024.

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Drinking from plastic water bottles has become a convenient habit for many, but it carries a hefty cost. They take hundreds of years to degrade, and they have the potential to release harmful chemicals into the water.

According to a report by the World Economic Forum, by 2050, more plastic will be in the ocean than fish. If you haven't already, now is the time to make a change and opt for sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives to plastic bottled water.

Our 3 Plastic Water Bottle Alternatives

Consider these sustainable alternatives to plastic water bottles:

  1. Glass water bottle
  2. Reusable tumbler
  3. Boxed water

Why Ditch Plastic Bottles?

Environmental Impact:

  • Plastic pollution: According to Statista, millions of metric tons of plastic waste end up in landfills and oceans yearly, harming wildlife and ecosystems.
  • Resource depletion: Producing plastic bottles requires significant resources. The Pacific Institute estimates that the amount of oil used in the process every year is enough to fuel one million American cars in the same timeframe.
  • Recycling challenges: An Environmental Protection Agency survey from 2017 found that Americans generated 267.8 million tons of solid waste that year, but facilities only recycled and composted 94.2 million tons. The rest ended up in landfills.
  • Microplastics: Plastic bottles can leach microplastics into the water. According to one systematic review, these tiny particles can cause oxidative stress, cancer, and respiratory and digestive conditions.
  • BPA: Some plastic bottles contain Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical linked to potential health risks like hormonal disruptions.
  • Reusable is better: Replacing disposable plastic with reusable glass bottles like MAYU Glass Water bottles is a more sustainable and eco-friendly option.
  • Saves money: Over time, purchasing a reusable bottle can save you money compared to buying constant plastic bottled water.

» Learn why reusing plastic bottles is damaging your health

1. Glass Water Bottle

Glass bottles are the safest and cleanest containers for storing and drinking water at home or traveling. They don't deteriorate with repeated use and are free from microplastics and flavor contamination. They also maintain their temperature longer because they insulate better.

Note: Finding a durable, lightweight, stylish glass water bottle is a tall order. MAYU Glass Water Bottles are crafted from durable borosilicate glass, which is ideal for active lifestyles.

This compound can resist thermal shock, meaning it can take rapid and extreme temperature changes (e.g., freezing and boiling water). Regular glass bottles may break in these situations, but the low solubility of borosilicate helps it expand and contract slowly to prevent it from happening.

Mayu Glass Water Bottles
Mayu Glass Water Bottles
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Mayu Glass Water Bottles
Mayu Glass Water Bottles

MAYU | Glass Bottles

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100% grade A Borosilicate glass


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The Mayu Glass Water Bottle is the ultimate glass bottle focusing on health and sustainability. A built-in sleeve keeps fruit pieces contained while infusing your drink, and the wide opening makes cleaning easy.

The Mayu Glass Bottle is crafted from durable borosilicate glass, ideal for active lifestyles. Whether hitting the gym, hiking, or just on the go, this bottle endures wear and tear easily.

But this durable glass water bottle isn't just tough; it's stylish, too. The sleek design seamlessly blends form and function, making it a practical choice for those who value performance and aesthetics.

Made from high-quality Borosilicate glass

Spill-proof lid seals tightly

Different sizes available

Limited color options

No sleeve for heat protection

2. Reusable Tumbler

Staying hydrated on the go is a must, whether at the park, in the car, or running errands. So it's no wonder environmentally friendly and portable tumblers have become a popular alternative to plastic water bottles.

They reduce plastic pollution by limiting disposable cups and bottles. Some options, such as hot coffee or a sneaky glass of wine, keep drinks at their perfect temperature for hours. But remember that they need to be washed frequently to prevent mold buildup.

Tip: There are many options on the market, so choose a stainless steel or tin tumbler. They're easier to clean, long-lasting, and plastic-free.

People using tumblers as an alternative to plastic water bottles.

» Find out what are the best pitchers for your water

3. Boxed Water

Boxed water, packaged in carton boxes, is gaining traction as a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to plastic. It keeps water fresh and is recyclable, easily integrating with paper products' end-of-life and waste management cycles.

A report conducted by sustainability experts found that boxed water has a 36% lower carbon footprint, 43% less fossil fuel use, and 95% lower impact on the ozone compared to single-use plastic alternatives.

A man buying boxed water as an alternative to plastic bottles.

» Learn more about the healthiest types of water

Care for Your Body, Care for the Planet

Each year, reports of the devastating global impact caused by our plastic water bottle habits continue to surface. The detrimental effects of single-use plastic on our environment are overwhelming, and the potential health hazards associated with drinking from plastic bottles are a cause for alarm.

Reusable tumblers, boxed water, or glass bottles are cleaner, healthier, and tastier. Enjoy your homemade drinks and reduce your environmental footprint with a Mayu Glass Water Bottle. Made from sustainable and reusable materials, it's the perfect choice for conscious hydration.