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Out of eight people surveyed, five use a metal reusable water bottle, two use plastic non reusable bottles, and one doesn’t use a water bottle at all. 
There are almost too many options to choose from
Ali Hellerman
There are almost too many options to choose from

Water is an essential element of life and, due to it being a liquid, it needs to be stored in a bottle. There are a wide range of water bottles from non-reusable plastic to reusable metal, but what type of water bottles do the B-CC population use? Which one should students choose? 

There are a variety of factors to consider when one selects a water bottle. Concerned about looks? Sustainability? Affordability? Convenience? Temperature-holding ability? What about volume? Is a reusable water bottle worth the hassle in the first place? 

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Junior Belky Cedillo solely uses non reusable plastic water bottles. “I think it’s very convenient, I just pick it up, put two in my backpack, and then I just carry them around. I don’t have to refill them or anything,” she said. 

Junior Alok Harrison gets chocolate milk from the cafeteria every day instead of bringing a water bottle. He said, “It’s how I improve my bone strength, with calcium.” 

But what about those concerned about the environmental consequences of using non reusable plastic bottles? Many contain microplastics that end up in waterways and sometimes, due to improper disposal, the entire single use bottle drifts along rivers into larger bodies of water such as the ocean. Plastic reusable water bottles can be more affordable, take less energy to produce, and be easier to carry around, but over time BPA, a toxic chemical in plastic that can leach into water, can lead to adverse health effects. 

One option is drinking out of the water fountain. When asked why he doesn’t bring a water bottle to school, Junior Ian Robins said, “because I’m too lazy.” 

Though water fountains can be useful, sometimes thirst happens in the middle of class and it is not possible to take away class time to visit the water fountain. This is the reason why many people select to bring in a reusable water bottle. They want to reliably have their drink with them (usually water) at all times and not have to worry about the next time they can get hydrated. 

Metal water bottles are a popular option and have many options on the market for size, color, aesthetic, and temperature maintenance.  Sophomores Lily Blackman and Kari Manzo use metal water bottles for their color and sustainability.  Senior Brithany Buenano said her Camelbak “keeps water warm and cold, and it has a little hook so I can carry it.” Senior Madison Bicking also has a reusable metal water bottle, a Hydrapeak,”because it keeps my drink cold all day.” Freshman Duc Hoang Hain Nguyen has a Hydro Flask, “because it can keep temperature really well…it also has a large volume so I can bring a lot of water.” However, buying a metal water bottle requires a commitment to use it multiple times in order for it to be environmentally friendly, due to the energy it takes to get the material (typically stainless steel) and produce it, as well as the fossil fuels it utilizes to create said energy. 

Out of eight people surveyed, five use a metal reusable water bottle, two use plastic non reusable bottles, and one simply doesn’t use a water bottle at all. 

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No matter what water bottle (or no water bottle) students choose, it is always important to stay hydrated during school to prevent headaches and stay focused in class rather than being preoccupied by thirst.

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Amelia Zalubas
Amelia Zalubas, Staff Reporter
Amelia Zalubas, a junior, contributes to the culture and feature section of the Tattler. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, showing people unsolicited pictures of her cats, being president of the book club, and all things Taylor Swift.
Ali Hellerman, Staff Photographer

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