It isnt safe to reuse the bottles for water or other drinks. Because they cant be cleaned and they will leach thalates into liquids. However they can be used for storing dry foods. The LDS website recommends them for long term storage of dry items... rice, beans etc.
Litter Gitter, and I love the idea of using a straw in one! Thanks so much for sharing that!
I don't reuse plastic containers for anything but craft or office storage. I think something leeches out of those containers. I have re-used them to freeze water in them to use as ice packs for small ice chests but hate to drink out of them after that. I even hate to use 'tupperware' type containers. I use glass for all my storage (saving pickle jars, etc) and even put water in them in the refrigerator to take. I know the glass is dangerous but have not broken one yet!
Deeli, I love the idea of using the coffeemate container. Never thought of that. You can also put a long straw in that spout.
Short and sweet, "No." ;-) The only safe plastics to reuse are 'food grade' recycle # 2, 4 and 5. You will find the number stamped on the bottom of the container; usually it's inside a triangle. This rule of thumb doesn't include just beverage containers but also for reuse of food containers. All the other container #'s, including styrofoam, are made with chemicals that can cause cancer and begin to leach into beverages and food after the first use.
I'll suggest here what I reuse for cold beverages are those powder coffee creamer containers. They are a safe #2, the container label can be removed easily so it's simply white with a colored lid and the lids have a little spout you can open and close to drink from ;-)
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