Stainless Steel Alternative For Your Plastic Water Cooler

What a find!  Here is a stainless steel, plastic-free alternative for anyone missing their traditional plastic water cooler or dispenser. We’ve all used the plastic water coolers either located in a workplace office kitchen or as the drinking water system in our home.  These water coolers are top to bottom built with plastic and I’ve always wondered about the ‘filter’ within the system, not to mention the bottle containing the water might be made from polycarbonate plastic.  This is the type of number 7 plastic that leeches chemicals when used for liquids, gets broken down with use, or is heated.

It’s strange thinking back about paying to drink this ‘purified’ and ‘safe’ water.  My previous family doctor even told me not to drink tap water while pregnant.  Now in post-BPA world and reading about what water is actually the best to drink, tap water filter systems or just plain old tap water are proving to be the best bet.  Over the last year I know many friends after checking the recycling codes on their bottles and discovering they were coded 7, contacted the suppliers and found out the bottles did contain BPA.  For anyone with these traditional systems in your office or home, check what code is on top of the plastic bottle.  If it’s coded a number 7 (with the recycling arrows in a triangle around the number), you should call the company and check if it’s made from a polycarbonate plastic. If it is, this plastic is leeching BPA into your water.

Check out this practical and beautiful (!!) stainless steel system as a replacement.  Doesn’t it make you think cottage at the lake, Martha’s Vineyard?  Picture from Life Without Plastic site

The Life Without Plastic site lists this product as a liquid storage container for not only water but wine (hello!), honey, milk, oil, any type of liquid. What a wonderful piece to incorporate into entertaining company or a summer BBQ.  You can even fill it with tap water and let your family help themselves throughout the day.   This product called The Superfustinox is made and imported from Italy.  The European standards are the highest in the world for safety – nice to see a stainless steel product that isn’t being made in China.   A wonderful investment for summer time entertaining – I can speak from personal experience that wine tastes lovely from stainless steel.  <smile>

Available in fridge size (3 litre), medium (10 litre), and large (20 litre).  These stainless steel water storage systems sound and are functional but look romantic as images of the cottage (you may or may not own) come to mind.   Great find over at Life Without Plastic!

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4 Responses to Stainless Steel Alternative For Your Plastic Water Cooler

  1. Heidi May 13, 2009 at 6:40 pm #

    I was excited that there may be an alternative to plastic water cooler bottles but this doesn’t seem to be it. I like cold water. Ceramic/pottery jugs are just as safe as stainless steel but it’s not going to keep water cold. A lot of people don’t have a fridge big enough to accomodate something of this size. What about something that is made to replace the plastic jugs and works with a pre-existing water cooler? Is there such a thing?

  2. Bottled Water Toronto May 14, 2009 at 2:08 pm #

    Looks great! Any feedback on this product? Do you know if people like it?

  3. Laurie June 23, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    I, too, like cold water, but the problem with pre-existing water coolers is that the interior that houses the water is often made of plastic or other unknown materials. I use 5-gallon, glass water bottles with my cooler. However, the water is still coming in contact with plastic. It kind of defeats the purpose. I am becoming aware that plastic is not safe and can leach into drinking water. It would be great if they made a completely stainless steel water cooler…

  4. sandra December 3, 2010 at 3:23 am #

    The water bottles sold in most big box stores are BPA, so I filter my own into glass carboys (see your winemaking supply stores). Italian glass. Very nice. I use 3 gallon because 5 gallon gets heavy. I use it on a hot.cold water dispenser, but might switch to ceramic or stainless soon.

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