Do you ever take a drink of water from a plastic water bottle and comment on how refreshing the plastic taste is? Absolutely not! Unless the water is ice cold, about all I can ever taste is plastic. If you can taste the plastic, the water bottle is telegraphing a message to you-plastic is leaching into your water. We favor [easyazon-link asin="B003ZF8D1K" locale="us"]Klean Kanteen stainless steel water bottles[/easyazon-link] and water dispensers for home, travel, and personal use. When I take a drink of water out of a stainless steel container, it takes like water.
I have to admit that there is never a day that goes by without coming in contact with plastic in either a food container or taking a drink of water. At home, we drink water from metal or glass bottles. My company supplies drinking water at over 40 locations. The water is delivered in plastic bottles and is served in plastic cups. We are supposed to be a "clean & green" company, but at the end of the day, our office trash is full of waste that will end up in a land fill near the Bay. While I am no environmental activist, I am responsible person that enjoys a clean planet. God has given us an abundant planet Earth that feeds us and supplies everything that we need. We all should be good steward of His environment.
The easiest place to start is with disposable plastic water bottles and plastic cups . Sure, I know that we all love home and office delivered water. Our family uses a [easyazon-link asin="B001CJHZRE" locale="us"]stainless steel gravity fed Big Berkey water filtration system.[/easyazon-link]. No more bottled water. I am not saying that every home ore office should use this system. There are many options that could be implemented. People in offices could at least start by using their own ceramic cup mug for drinking their water. Some companies supply drinking water for their employees and request that each provides his or her own drinking cup.
Read my Amazon review here for the Big Berkey water filtration system.
For family use, I see no better option than a Berkey Water Filtration system because it works even when the grid shuts down. As long as you have water source, you can make fresh, clean, potable water.
If you really like buying filtered water from your favorite water store, then another option is buy a high quality stainless water dispenser like the [easyazon-link asin="B0088IL28U" locale="us"]M5 Corporation Italian Made Stainless Steel Fusti water dispenser[/easyazon-link] to serve your water. We own a 25 liter Dinuba stainless steel water dispenser. It's larger than a 5 gallon water dispenser and will last a family of 4 nearly a week. Water always tastes cool in this dispenser. We used it for years on camping trips too. It's easy to transport water in an Italian stainless steel dispenser because most have 2 handles for easy carrying.