Did you know that most insulated bottles still contain LEAD!

Did you know that most insulated bottles still contain LEAD!

Do you know about the hidden nasties lurking inside most reusable water bottles? Our headline tells you the alarming truth, that lead is still found in almost all insulated bottles on the market. Read on for why that is so shocking, where the lead is found, and why we are proud to be one of the only lead free bottle brands on the planet!

Lead based solder is still used in almost all insulated water bottles on the market. Solder is the material used to seal in the vacuum layer into your water bottles. It is found at the base of every insulated water bottle. During the vacuumisation process this material melts to seal in the vacuum layer to the insulated bottle.

The current industry standard for insulated water bottles is a lead based solder. It is the cheap, easy option to use – but that comes at a cost!

Why is this bad?⁠

Lead is toxic to people and the environment. Due to the toxicity of lead, the EU has banned such lead solder for both personal use and for use in electronics. Yet sadly water bottles have escaped such legislation. This means the people making your reusable water bottle are being exposed to this lead each and every day as they handle the small balls of lead solder during the manufacturing process.

To avoid customers being exposed to this lead when they use their water bottles, they will normally have this sealing dot covered somehow. This can be done with a shaped cap covering the base (look out for a horizontal weld line close to the base of a bottle), a metal or silicone cover disc attached to the vessel bottom, or even with a paint finish. However, during the vacuumisation process, trace amounts of lead from the solder can end up on the surfaces of the products themselves – which is why you should always wash these bottles thoroughly before using them for the 1st time.

There are very few companies producing insulated bottles or travel mugs using a solder that is lead free. Why is that?

Lead-free solder is available as an option, it costs significantly more to use it, meaning the unit cost of each bottle is significantly higher. Why does it cost more to use lead-free solder?

· The solder itself is more expensive – over 3 times the cost of the standard lead solder
· It needs dedicated specialist ovens to create the vacuum. This is because if you use an oven which has been used for products that use standard solder (contain lead), even if the solder you are using is lead-free, lead will be present in the oven and so on the product. Even cleaning the oven cannot avoid this cross contamination.
· It requires a longer period spent in the vacuum oven, which adds to manufacturing time and thus cost.

We think being a reusable alternative is not enough to be truly sustainable. What materials you are using matters too. ⁠

This is why we are a proud lead-free brand. Say Ohelo to one of the only brands to be making lead free insulated water bottles and travel cups!

It’s a no-brainer to us – being lead free not only protects our customers but protects our makers and their environment too.

Get your hands on a lead free reusable water bottle or travel mug today and join us in making the world a better place.

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