Safe drinking bottle for the gym?

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    Jun 12, 2008 7:03 PM GMT
    I'm currently using a plastic bottle for the gym that I wash and refill, but I've been hearing more and more about concerns regarding the health safety of plastic bottles. For example, here are just a few of the articles that turned up when I performed a Google search, and many of them are biased so it's difficult to know who I can trust:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/25/business/worldbusiness/25plastic.html
    http://www.thegreenguide.com/doc/101/plastic
    http://www.plasticsinfo.org/s_plasticsinfo/sec_level2_faq.asp?CID=705&DID=2839

    I'm not fond of metal bottles, and the ones that I've seen are too small to hold the amount of water that I normally consume during my workouts. I don't want to switch to prepackaged bottled water because 1) they're expensive, 2) they're wasteful (even though I recycle), and 3) I prefer the taste of filtered water from my tap. I wouldn't mind glass, but it's probably too impractical for the gym. Unfortunately, the taste of the water from the gym drinking fountain isn't that great, or I would use it more.

    Has anyone else looked into this? If so, what were your conclusions, and what do you use for the gym?
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    Jun 12, 2008 8:45 PM GMT
    From what I've seen/read, there's no actual evidence that the chemical BPA WILL harm you in any way.

    But several manufacturers are making "BPA free" bottles now that are devoid of the compound that so many are worried about.

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    Jun 12, 2008 8:57 PM GMT
    I recently bought a 1 liter aluminum SIGG bottle and really like it. It doesn't have any metal after taste plus they are really trendy right now.
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    Jun 12, 2008 11:00 PM GMT
    Aluminum leeches to water just as much as other crap from the plastics. Aluminum has been linked to many healthy problems...

    Plus I want to be able to see the inside to see if it is time to clean etc.

    So when it comes to water bottles we're kind of screwed.