How to Buy BPA-Free Water Bottles

The BPA in polycarbonate plastic has been linked to health problems and some countries have banned the products, but in most places the rule is still "buyer beware."

You will need

  • A major retailer or outdoor store
  • BPA-free plastic or metal products

Step 1 Get rid of BPA Recycle or throw out old containers made of hard, clear plastic, because they are likely to contain BPA that can leach into your drinking water.

Step 2 Shop for BPA-free products Look for a label that says BPA-free or bisphenol-A-free on the packaging of water bottles at major retailers like Wal-Mart or an outdoor store.

Step 3 Try metal If you don’t find a BPA-free plastic to replace your water bottle, buy a BPA-free stainless steel or aluminum sports drinking bottle instead.