Bottled water waste is an epidemic in America, with 1.5 million barrels of oil going to making plastic bottles every year. Thatâ€™s enough fuel to run 100,000 cars and only about 23% of the 50 billion bottles used every year are recycled in this country. So finding greener ways to hydrate while on the go is a great way to go greenâ€”and save money!
Healthier beverages are also important if you are concerned about your physical well-being. Most sweet bottled beverages contain high-calorie, high-fructose corn syrup, which is a big contributor to our nationâ€™s obesity problem. Choosing a beverage thatâ€™s low on calories and high on nutrition helps to ease the problems with unhealthy conventional products.
1. Reusable Bottles
Regardless of your beverage choiceâ€”juice, soda, water, coffee, teaâ€”do your best to cart a reusable bottle along for the ride to minimize your drinking-related waste.
Today, there are dozens of models and types of reusable bottles made from glass, stainless steel, and BPA-free plastic. Get one for hot drinks (insulated stainless steel), one or two for your cold beverages. ReusableBags.com has a wide selection.
2. SodaStream Home Soda Maker
If youâ€™re a soda lover, try making your own pop with a Soda-Club Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker. You buy some flavor and carbonation cartridges, plug them into the electricity- and battery-free machine, and youâ€™re off the races.
The flavor combinations are nearly endless and you can control how sweet each drink is. Put some in your reusable bottle for that picnic youâ€™re going on to reduce your waste.
3. bot beverages
If you canâ€™t live without a bottled beverage option, then go for bot Water. This healthy alternative to sugary, sweet juices is made without high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, preservatives, and are sweetened with pure cane sugar, giving it only 25 calories per serving. Plus, itâ€™s loaded with vitamins B3, B5, B6, and B12 as well as antioxidants and electrolytes.
To top it all off, bot Water is a member of 1% For The Planet, an organization to which many companies give money to help preserve the environment.
4. Honest Tea Beverages
Honest Tea Beverages are packaged in bottles that are 22% lighter than their previous bottles. The ingredients for their beverages are USDA Certified Organic, which ensures that theyâ€™re not full of pesticides and other agricultural chemicals.
Not only that but theyâ€™re made with no added sugar, and some of them contain no sugar at all (some are calorie-free, while others contain as few as 50 calories). And because many of this worldâ€™s teas are made with imported tea leaves, Honest Tea also uses Fair Trade Certified ingredients.Â Plus, they donate to several charitable causes.
5. Guayaki Yerba Mate Bottled Beverages
Made with South American rainforest holly tree leaves, Guayakiâ€™s Yerba Mate bottled beverages are another great option, especially since it contains only 54 calories.
The operations of the company are powered by Green Mountain Energy (solar power), which offsets 55 tons of corporate carbon dioxide, making their drinks a lower-carbon option. They also abide by several environmental and social protocols. The ingredients are USDA Certified Organic and Fair Trade Certified. They also maintain kosher standards and are certified kosher from Kosher Supervision of America.
6. GuS Beverages
GuS is the soda for adults (grown-up sodas). Itâ€™s made with kosher, natural ingredients as well as cane sugar and real fruit juice. Plus itâ€™s made without preservatives and without caffeine.