Okay, so I am passionate about saving the planet too….You know Bottled water isn’t always that good for you. Do you know that you may actually be drinking city water?
Yes recycling is better, and the sale of recyclable water containers is growing. I personally like stainless steel. Otherwise look for plastic that is BPA free.
A number of harmful chemicals are at issue in the debate, particularly the carcinogen di-2-ethylhexyl-adipate (DEHA) and bisphenol-A (BPA), a known endocrine disruptor. Studies do indicate that some plastics contain these substances, and there is a leaching potential, especially when hot water is involved, as the heat can encourage the plastic to offgas, and in the bottle, the offgassing vapors have nowhere to go other than directly into your water.
However, all plastics are not alike, and you should look at the recycling code on the bottom of a bottle for more information. Hard plastics with the numbers two, four, or five are generally viewed as safe to drink from and re-use, while bottles with numbers one, three, six, or seven may pose a leaching risk, and you should avoid them.
P.S. I also Take issue with those styrofoam food carry-out containers that are used. I purchased some plastic 3 way divided trays from rubbermaid, when I was taking food to my mother in a nursing home. Even from a restaurant. They will help you save the environment if you ask.