Frozen Bottled Water With Your Lunch

Of course we all carry our lunch to work to save $ everyday! I was getting tired of dragging home the little icepack I used to keep things cool, and remembering to replace it in the freezer after I got home. I was also trying to remember to drink more water. Then I had a brainstorm:

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I freeze a few bottles of water every few days, and take a frozen water bottle in my lunch bag to keep my food cold and safe. After lunch and throughout the afternoon I have refreshing ice water to sip... the water in the middle of the bottle stays frozen well into the day. I often even have some left for the drive home, where I toss the empty bottle into the recycle bin! I'm drinking plenty of water now (2 more glasses in each bottle) and I don't have to worry about forgetting to refreeze the cold packet for the next day!

By laurie from St Louis, MO

July 14, 20060 found this helpful

We do this when going on trips, like to the zoo or the park!! We got the idea when we went to Florida and stayed in a condo----we put our water in the freezer overnight and put them into our cooler bags to take to Disney---what a savings there!!! And it was nice to have a cool drink on hand!!

It was the best idea we had on vacation!!! Worked out great!!!

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July 14, 20060 found this helpful

Another way is to add a half of a bottle of water and freeze it.Then when one leaves the house fill the rest of the bottle with water.It stays cold for a long time and you don't have to wait until the water melts to have a cool drink

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July 14, 20060 found this helpful

You might do some researching on this--I used to do it all the time, but then I read somewhere that the plastic releases toxins into the water as it thaws. I think it has to do with the plastic being at such freezing temperatures. I don't remember where I read it, but it was enough to get me to stop freezing my water bottles. (The toxins are cancer-causing, according to the article I read.)

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July 14, 20060 found this helpful

OC&PA: What do you make of this recent email warning that claims dioxins can be released by freezing water in plastic bottles?

RH: No. This is an urban legend. There are no dioxins in plastics. In addition, freezing actually works against the release of chemicals. Chemicals do not diffuse as readily in cold temperatures, which would limit chemical release if there were dioxins in plastic, and we dont think there are.

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July 14, 20060 found this helpful

But why not refill the bottles with water from a filter pitcher? That way you can use the kind of bottles that definitely don't release any toxins, and save tons of money as well. Recycling is fine, but re-using is finer!

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July 16, 20060 found this helpful

I do it each day for all of our lunches. Would highly recommend it. We re-use waterbottles that we purchased in the store~like aquafina (sp.) bottles. I am careful to wash & drain dry them after each use just as you do glasses or tupperware. According to snopes.com the cancer risk is an urban legend.

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July 23, 20060 found this helpful

I heard that the plastic bottles ar not intended for long term use because the materials in the plastic break down andget in your drinking water and is unhealthy!!!!! One school sent a note to parents not to reuse plastic bottles!

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December 2, 20060 found this helpful

I feel that the above feedback leads to conflicting decisions. Should i or should i not freeze water in plastic bottles?

Thank you for your response

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April 19, 20070 found this helpful

I have half a case of water bottles that were in my garage over the winter time, and they were constantly freezing, and re-thawing every couple of days. Today when I went to grab a bottle, I noticed there were flaky peices of something floating all around the bottle. I checked all the bottles, and they all had the same issue. I definately do not recomend freezing water as I do believe the plastic releases some sort of toxins.

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May 27, 20070 found this helpful

Check out these links and decide for yourself...

http://www.jhsph.edu/PublicHealthNews/articles/Halden_dioxins.html

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http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/petbottles.asp

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April 8, 20080 found this helpful

Is it really true that frozen bottled water can be harmful? Can someone please advise? As I love to freeze and drink cold cold water.

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