Nix the Bottle Chemicals

Another green living tip from Ideal Bite:

High-five if you’ve kicked the store-bought bottled-water habit! Now it’s time for some bottle therapy. It used to be practically a requirement for the eco-conscious urbanite to lug water in reusable hard-plastic bottles, but it turns out those bottles can leach toxins.

Many reusable water bottles (marked with a 7 or PC for polycarbonate) are made from plastic that contains the toxin bisphenol-A (BPA), which studies have linked to enlarged male breasts (yikes!), birth defects, miscarriage, earlier puberty in girls, and cancer. Opt for BPA-free bottles – plastics 1, 2, and 3 are safest – or get a lined aluminum or stainless steel bottle instead.

Ideal Bite offers light green living tips for real people who lead busy lives and want to make small changes that add up to big results. (In other words it’s for all of us who don’t have the time or the energy to reduce their carbon footprint to zero.) Their Daily Tips cover everything from energy saving gadgets to eco-pet products to saving money at the gas pump. In addition to their general Daily Tips newsletter, they also offer newsletters for eco-living in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City.