Why are CLEAR CREEK bottles
more Expensive? Are They BETTER?
Good Question. The fact is that many suppliers of bottled water have
been offering similar looking 5 gallon bottles, and in some cases the bottles are 20% or 30% cheaper than the POLYCARBONATE bottle that we offer here at CLEAR CREEK. What makes our bottle better? Different kinds of
plastic have been approved by the F.D.A. for water storage, but the one we choose is the BEST in many ways.
- POLYCARBONATE, which is also known as LEXAN, is the strongest form of
plastic currently available for water bottles. It has GLASS-LIKE Clarity, Appearance,
and Durability. It will also withstand substantial heat and will NOT distort its shape or
develop an odor or give a funny "plastic" taste to the water. It is by far the most costly,
but it offers the longest life of any plastic currently used for water storage and
consumption. This type of plastic can be identified with a #7 inside the recycling triangle
on the bottom of the bottle.
- POLYVINYLCHLORIDE, also known as PVC, is very popular in the "home
delivered" market. Because the cost of its raw materials is about half that of
Polycarbonate, it is very inexpensive to make, and it can achieve good clarity when
properly molded. While it is acceptable for very thick water pipes, there are some
drawbacks to making bottles from this material. It is very HEAT SENSITIVE, and
requires caution when stored empty. It will distort and can develop an unpleasant odor
unless the cap is left off or very loose. While the bottle may be refreshened with
BAKING SODA, once misshapen it can never be reformed. You can identify this bottle
by the #3 in its recycling triangle.
- POLYETHYLENE is commonly used in making the very popular one gallon
MILK JUG bottles. When in its HIGH DENSITY form, it is very inexpensive, and while it
is not nearly as strong as other plastics, in the one gallon size it is cheap enough to be
disposable after a few uses. Care should be used when storing this bottle empty, too,
because like POLYVINYLCHLORIDE, it is heat sensitive, and subject to damage. This
plastic is very recyclable, identified by the #2 triangle.
- K-RESIN is one of the latest developments in food grade plastics. It is less
expensive than Polycarbonate, and exhibits more durability than Polyvinylchloride, but
still has some undesirable characteristics. It has some "off-gassing", like PVC, but
stands up better in use, and will not turn brittle like PVC. It is acceptable as a low cost
alternative to Polycarbonate, with only a few drawbacks, and is identified by the #6 in