FAQ FOR ADULTS AND SPORTS BOTTLES
How Do I Know My Plastic Bottle Leaches BPA or Other Toxic Chemicals?
Exhaustive testing over the past decade has clearly shown that polycarbonate (PC), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and polystyrene plastic bottles have the potential to leach hormone disrupting toxins (BPA) and/or carcinogens. These have been linked to developmental problems in infants and children, an increased risk of breast and uterine cancer, and decreased testosterone levels. But majority of the public has yet to understand that even BPA-free plastic has been shown to leach chemicals linked to various forms of cancer and altered function of reproductive organs when scuffed, heat cycled (hot car, dishwasher, etc). For disbelievers we offer a simple "taste test": Fill a Pura bottle w/ a stainless lid and do the same with a bottle with a plastic cap. Toss both bottles in your car on a warm summer day and after a day or two simply taste the water. The difference in taste (and you will taste the difference) is due to petroleum by-products leaching from the plastic lid.
Should I Get Rid of Aluminum Bottles?
The simple fact is that aluminum bottles are inferior to stainless for a variety of safety and reliability reasons. First, raw aluminum has been linked through many studies to Alzheimer's disease, requiring such bottles to use a protective inner coating or lining. Aluminum bottle manufacturers use an oven enamel to coat their bottles to prevent the aluminum from leaching. While these linings appear to be reliable, it's possible the lining will flake off over time...especially if the bottle is dented or exposed to extreme environments. In fact, the lining is so delicate that many aluminum bottle manufactures warn that their bottles are not even dishwasher safe! If an aluminum bottle cannot withstand a standard dishwasher cycle, can you:
· Trust it to safeguard the liquids you are putting into your body during your daily adventures (like sitting in a hot car or gym bag and banging around against your water bottle cage??)
· Trust that it will not leach something into the mother's milk, formula, or even water that you are giving your infants, toddlers, and kids?
In addition, and maybe even more importantly, all of the aluminum bottles employ a plastic cap... so while you may think an aluminum bottle is shielding you and your kids from the hazards of plastics... your liquid is still in contact with potentially hazardous plastic... and if you use the sport top... 100% of your liquid comes in contact with this plastic before it enters your mouth! Kind of defeats the purpose of using a non-plastic bottle, doesn't it?
Are the Bottles used in bottled water safe?
The jury is still out on the toxicity of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and only you can decide if the risks associated with these bottles is worth taking. What is clear is that these bottles pose a significant risk to our environment. 38 billion of plastic bottles are tossed into landfills yearly, and if stacked end-to-end would circle the Earth 150 times every year!! In addition, one year worth of PET bottles require 1.5 million barrels of oil. As good stewards of our environment we need to stop this insidious waste and pollution and begin using safe and durable refillable bottles.
How Do I Clean My Pura Stainless bottle?
The best way to clean your bottle is with warm water, dish washing liquid soap, and any standard bottle brush. Automatic dishwasher cleaning is not recommended as it could dull or wear down the color on the painted bottles over time. Never use bleach or bleach cleaning products with your stainless steel water bottle, or anything made of stainless steel for that matter, as it can corrode the metal.
Does Stainless Steel Rust?
Stainless does not "rust" per se. If you see red or orange discoloration it is likely due to some iron particles that have contaminated the surface of the stainless steel and are, themselves, oxidizing. Simply scrub away these particles and any discoloration with soap and a non-metal scrub pad. This will remove the foreign particles and allow the stainless steel to be clean and pure again. Please note that some bottle brushes have metal parts. If using a bottle brush with metal parts, be sure that the metal on a bottle brush does not scrape your Pura Kiki bottle (or a plastic bottle for that matter). It is best to avoid using anything metal inside your bottle. See this industry link for a third party expert discussion on stainless steel:
What is the Recycle Content of Stainless Steel?
The typical amount of recycled stainless steel that is used to make new stainless steel is between 65 and 80%. Also, stainless steel can be completely recycled.
What is the Pura Lifetime Warranty?
We are so confident in the robustness of our products we offer a limited lifetime warranty to the original purchaser of our products on Non Rusting. If it fails in the field during normal use, we will replace it free of charge (consumer pays shipping fee). Other bottle companies offer either no warranty or a short one year warranty... which makes you wonder how sturdy their bottles really are. A Pura bottle will last you a lifetime... guaranteed!
How Does Stainless Steel compare to Aluminum in Weight?
Pura Stainless bottles are comparable to similarly sized aluminum and stainless bottles. That said, a full plastic, aluminum or stainless bottle weigh virtually the same amount because water is heavy... and what is the point of carrying an empty bottle?
Where are Pura Bottles Manufactured?
Pura Stainless bottles are responsibly made in China from the highest quality, toxin free #304 stainless steel (also referred to as 18/8 stainless steel). The interior surfaces of all Pura bottles are free of linings, coatings or any other potentially toxic chemicals so you can be sure that nothing will ever leach into your liquid. Pura Stainless is committed to offering safe, quality products, and to that end, our quality control protocol and testing goes far beyond what is required of us by US government regulations. All bottles and components have been independently tested by internationally recognized testing labs and have no detectable amounts of lead, Bisphenol-A (BPA), phthalates, or nitrosamines. We are happy to report that we meet all FDA and CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Initiative Act) regulations and guidelines as well as the European Commission regulation EN 14350 and German LFGB tests, something that most of our competitors cannot claim. Our manufacturing partners follow strict quality control protocols developed here in the USA by our manufacturing team. In addition, Pura Stainless executives visit our factory regularly and we have employees in China that conduct detailed quality inspections on every bottle. We are also pleased that our factory treats its employees and the environment with respect. Pura Stainless conducts routine inspections of the facility where its products are produced. We take the responsibility of manufacturing overseas seriously and diligently.