We carry all sizes and types of water containers. Ranging from Sport Bottles (.5 Liters to 55 Gallon Drums). Several materials to choose from (Poly Carbonate, Glass and BPA Free).  If we don’t have it in stock, ask us and we might just be able to order it.

Know Your Plastic

This guide is intended to help you make safer choices when using plastics. There are several types of plastics – some being safer than others. Plastic products are commonly marked with a number enclosed by the recycling symbol, which is typically found on the bottom of the product. This symbol is used to identify the plastic and recyclability of the product. In general plastic products marked with the numbers 2, 4 and 5 are the safer choices.

The following graphic is a quick summary of the plastics labels and their “threat” level.

Polyethylene Terephthalate

Plastic #1

PET or PETE stands for polyethylene terephthalate, a plastic resin and a form of polyester.

Where is PETE found?

PETE is commonly used to package:
Household cleaners
Soft drinks
Salad dressings
Peanut butter

Health Concerns

Studies have found levels of antimony (a toxic chemical) leaching from water bottles that have been placed in heat for prolonged times. Although PETE does not contain BPA or Phthalates, it’s always best to make sure that your water bottles are not temperature abused. PETE plastic should not be reused because cleaning detergents and high temperatures can cause chemicals to leach out of the plastic. Plastic #1 is only intended for one time use.

High-Density Polyethylene

Plastic #2

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is a polyethylene thermoplastic made from petroleum. HDPE is hard, opaque and can withstand somewhat high temperatures.

Where is HDPE found?

HDPE is used in the manufacturing of toys, and the packaging of:
Laundry detergent
Milk jugs
Folding chairs & tables

Health Concerns

No known health concerns.

Polyvinyl chloride

Plastic #3

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a thermoplastic polymer. Through the use of phthalates, a plasticizer, it can be made softer and more flexible. Read about the harm of phthalates here.

Where is PVC found?

Shower curtains
Cling wrap
Pool toys
Inflatable structures
Vinyl IV bags used in neo-natal intensive care
PVC can also be found in car interiors and vinyl flooring, resulting in the release of toxic chemicals into the air.

Health Concerns

PVC is one of the toxic plastics that should be avoided.

Purchase a shower curtain made from organic hemp, bamboo or PEVA. PEVA (polyethylene vinyl acetate) is a non-vinyl (PVC-free), chlorine-free, biodegradable plastic.
Air out the car before getting in.
Avoid using cling wrap made with PVC.
Avoid inflatable structures, air mattresses, and toys made with PVC.  Note: Aerobed pakmat and Aerobed Ecolite are PVC and phthalate free.
Choose all baby toys, pool toys, and bath toys that are labeled to be PVC, Phthalate and BPA free.

Low-density polyethylene

Plastic #4

Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is a thermoplastic made from petroleum. It can be found translucent or opaque. It is flexible and tough but breakable.

Where is LDPE found?

Juice and milk cartons (as the water-proof inner and outer layer)
Most plastic grocery bags
Some packaging material

Health Concerns

No known health concerns.


Plastic #5

Polypropylene (PP) is a thermoplastic polymer. It is strong, tough, has a high resistance to heat and acts as a barrier to moisture.

Polypropylene found?

Yogurt & margarine tubs
Plastic cups & baby bottles
Kitchenware, microwavable plastic containers and lids

Health Concerns

Most PP are microwavable safe and dishwasher safe. NOTE: microwavable/dishwasher safe only means that the plastic will not warp when heated. It does not imply that it is a healthy practice. A better alternative is using glass containers to heat foods and to hand wash plastic instead of using the dishwasher.

High-Density Polyethylene

Plastic #6

Polystyrene (PS) is a petroleum-based plastic. It can either be hard or used in the form of styrofoam.

Where is Polystrene found?

Polystyrene is widely used in packaging materials and insulation. Some common items include:
Disposable cutlery
CD and DVD cases
Egg cartons
Foam cups & to-go foam packaging from restaurants.

Health Concerns

According to the Foundation for Achievements in Science and Education fact sheet, long term exposure to small quantities of styrene can cause neurotoxic (fatigue, nervousness, difficulty sleeping), hematological (low platelet and hemoglobin values), cytogenetic (chromosomal and lymphatic abnormalities), and carcinogenic effects. Styrene is classified as a possible human carcinogen by the EPA and by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Other (Varies)

Plastic #7

Can be a little tricky as it stands for “Other” which may or may not contain BPA. It is commonly used to label Polycarbonate (PC). The letters PC may be present with the recycling symbol, which would indicate that the product is made with polycarbonate.

Polycarbonate is derived from BPA. Read more about the harm of BPA here.

Where is PVC found?

Where is Polycarbonate found?
Electrical wiring
CD/DVD cases
Baby bottles
3 and 5 gallon reusable bottles

Health Concerns

BPA has been found to be an endocrine disruptor. Choose bottles made with the #1, #2, #4, or #5 recycling codes.