Q: As the CEO of HealthEGoods.com, did you always have an interest in starting a website dedicated to carrying safe and healthy stainless steel water bottles?
A: I did not imagine having a separate website. However, it became apparent that a new website was necessary in order to effectively inform the public.
Q: What is your background with stainless steel water bottles?
A: Quite extensive. I have been providing stainless steel water bottles since 2005.
If I was not the first one retailing Klean Kanteens online, then I was very nearly so. Originally, Klean Kanteen was sold by a church organization in California. On their website, I was the only online retailer listed on their links page.
Q: What does it take for you to approve of a water bottle as “safe” before carrying it on StainlessWaterBottles.com?
A: In order to be listed at StainlessWaterBottles.com, a stainless bottle must:
- have lead content in the paint at < 1 mg/kg
- be made from 18/8 or 18/10 stainless steel
- pass a 24 hour leaching test
- be well made
- be easy to clean
- have no linings
- have no BPA found in the caps or other components
- have a manufacturer who fully discloses lab reports and information about their product
Q: Do all of the products on StainlessWaterBottles.com have to be approved by you for safety before being carried?
When you create a statement: Lab Tested. Doctor Approved. you make certain that the products meet those requirements.
I have purchased products for so long and drilled suppliers for information that I have found there is an art to obtaining all the information needed.
Q: What are you most excited for in terms of StainlessWaterBottles.com’s future?
A: We will help 1,000’s of people in many powerful ways.
Over time, StainlessWaterBottles.com will have:
- informed soon-to-be pregnant mothers so they reduce BPA-related problems in the newborn
- reduced the number of infertile people caused by BPA
- reduced the number of miscarriages caused by BPA
- reduced the number of type 2 diabetics caused by BPA
- reduced the number of obese people caused by BPA
- reduced the number of prostate problems caused by BPA
- reduced the number of people exposed to lead
- reduced the number of people exposed to aluminum
- reduced the number of people exposed to nickel
- informed parents about BPA keeping their kids free of this toxin
- provided safe water bottles to thousands and thousands of people all over the world
- reduced the amount of plastic consumed and wasted by tons
- reduced the other numerous conditions related to BPA
- provided substantial donations to the EWG allowing them to effectively get legislation against BPA
Q: Are metal bottles the same as stainless steel water bottles? How can you tell the difference?
A: “Metal water bottle” is a broad term which may mean the bottle is made from aluminum or stainless steel.
It is very hard to visually tell the difference especially if the bottle is painted.
If the bottle is unpainted, the aluminum bottle may have a more dull flat appearance, but not necessarily.
If you have 20 oz. aluminum bottle in one hand and a 20 oz. stainless steel bottle in the other, the aluminum bottle will be lighter in weight.
The typical consumer though cannot tell the difference which is why we are here.
Q: What is BPA, and why is it bad?
A: That’s a loaded question. I recommend people to visit our blog at StainlessWaterBottles.org for more information.
There are over 1200 studies on BPA and a majority of those studies explain why BPA is bad. Our blog goes into detail on many of these studies.
Q: Are all of the bottles carried at StainlessWaterBottles.com BPA free?
A: Absolutely. All the bottles, all bottle components, and any other products provided on the site are all BPA free. Nothing contains BPA at StainlessWaterBottles.com.
Q: Are you planning on carrying other stainless steel products as well?
A: Yes and we already are. I keep looking for stainless steel alternatives and the good news is that I keep finding high quality ones.
We currently provide these items in stainless steel:
- water bottles
- ice trays
- food storage bowls
- lunch boxes cups
- travel utensils
- neti pot
- enema kit
We have more coming in all the time. We are also a distributor for most of these items so we can provide wholesale accounts to retailers.
Q: How do you feel about stainless steel, is it your preferred choice for food and drink?
A: When I am at home or work, my number one preferred choice for food and drink is glass.
When I am traveling or on the go, my preferred choice is stainless steel.
I am very comfortable using stainless steel products after I evaluate lab reports and talk to the manufacturers. I will not use stainless steel products until I have done my homework.
Q: What do you think about stainless steel water bottles in comparison to water bottles made from other materials—is stainless steel the absolute safest choice?
A: Glass is the absolute safest choice but that gets canceled out as it breaks into sharp pieces easily. Glass is also quite heavy making it that much easier to break especially for little kids or for people that are on the go.
That leaves stainless steel water bottles which are lab tested and doctor approved.
Q: We also see that StainlessWaterBottles.com has a blog at StainlessWaterBottles.org, what are your plans for the blog? What can customers expect from it?
A: Big plans exist for the blog and they are already underway. Jen is our investigative reporter and copywriter. She is doing a tremendous job presenting powerfully important posts on BPA and SIGG.
My overall mission for the blog is to get BPA removed from all products. One research summary at a time posted at StainlessWaterBottles.org will then be tweeted to our followers. Then they will retweet. On an on it goes and in time, the blog posts will be so pervasive that the FDA will have to crack down on BPA instead of blowing in the wind.
Customers can expect to find research summaries, informative posts on BPA, resources for healthy daily living and Q & A’s with me over certain topics.
I believe the backbone of StainlessWaterBottles.com is our blog. I am happy to provide safe water bottles to customers but I am even happier to educate them fully about how to remain healthy and prevent toxins from entering their little ones and themselves.
What is that saying? You can give a man a fish for a day or you can teach him to fish for a lifetime.
One of our blog’s goal is to teach customers to fish for a lifetime.
Q: Do you have any particular favorite stainless steel products that you believe more people should know about?
A: I am not a person which has favorites. I am a person that prefers function, design and safety. Given that, there is not one stainless steel product that I favor over another. They all serve different functions for different people.
I do have favorite stainless steel products for each function but that is a laundry list.
All of these items are found at StainlessWaterBottles.com in the various categories.
Q: Will StainlessWaterBottles.com participate in donating proceeds to any environmental organizations?
A: Yes. Environmental Working Group (EWG). I have been donating to them for years now. They are such a highly effective organization that I am stepping up our donations.
We provide 2% of every sale to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). EWG is a highly credible group working for consumer safety and awareness. We are here to help them as they are here to help all of us.
I recently donated a kick off donation of $1,000 last week. We will have a donation box on our blog to support EWG along with a counter showing how much our customers and us have donated over the years.
We plan to have specific days where increased proceeds from sales will go to EWG. We will notify our followers, customers and readers of this ahead of time.
Q: Do you have any other thoughts on StainlessWaterBottles.com
that you would be important to share with readers?
A: I’d like to invite those interested to subscribe to the blog at StainlessWaterBottles.org to keep up to date. As I mentioned, our blog is our backbone.
Follow us on Twitter and join us on Facebook to be alerted of specials, health tips, and EWG Bonus days.
We need our customers and readers to be behind us on our goals.
We cannot go at it alone.
I should mention that we do not carry all the stainless water bottle brands at StainlessWaterBottles.com. The reason is because many brands do not meet my expectations for safety, quality, or function.
I do not show which brands we will not provide; however, if a customer calls our support team wondering why do not offer this brand or that brand, we will provide some information.
We are open to feedback and love to get it. Please let us know how we are doing and what we can do to help even more.
Dr. Ben and StainlessWaterBottles.com are Here to Help!