Can you recycle stainless steel water bottles?

Recycle them on your own -- or send them back to us

Reusable water bottles made primarily of stainless steel can be recycled without a problem. In fact, stainless steel is probably one of the most recyclable materials on the planet; it is theoretically 100% recyclable. In addition, stainless steel's long-lasting properties make it a very eco-friendly material. The REBO bottle has been carefully designed and manufactured so that it is environmentally responsible and can be easily disposed of once it’s run its useful life. Rest assured, our REBO smart bottle is fully recyclable and sustainable.

So, going back to answer the main question, can you recycle stainless steel water bottles? The short answer is yes, but what about the lid and other components included? The lid of the REBO smart bottle serves as housing for the electronics and is made out of food-grade BPA-free polypropylene. It can be dismantled if needed to facilitate the recycling process. The REBO Flexible strap is made from silicone, an abundant natural resource; the strap is 100% recyclable and is made with 10% recycled materials. The electronic components are RoHS and REACH certified which means they a free from hazardous chemicals.

The REBO bottle's sustainable design follows the cradle-to-cradle principles by using the safest chemicals and raw materials that make the bottle long-lasting and able to stay in the supply chain for multiple cycles. As opposed to cradle-to-grave principles where manufacturers design products with short life cycles and materials that end up piled up in landfills polluting the environment.

Are you still wondering if you can recycle stainless steel water bottles? Get in touch with us if you have any doubts in regards to the disposal of your REBO bottle. We can verify and inform you about the take-back programs available in your country. If you are unable to find a local recycler, you are welcome to send it back to us, and we’ll recycle the bottle for you. 

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Cradle-to-Cradle

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Cradle-to-Grave

Like REBO, products based on the Cradle-to-Cradle design philosophy privilege the use of durable materials and manufacturing processes that prolong their lives, so they stay in the supply chain for multiple cycles, if not forever.

On the contrary, status quo products designed with Cradle-to-Grave principles are short lived, ending up thrown away and piled up in landfills. This is how most products are made.

And it is also why we designed REBO, because this, too, needs to change.

Stainless Steel

REBO uses 18/10 stainless steel because it is non-degradable, will not corrode and is 100% recyclable. It’s made up of chromium, nickel and iron-- metals that are constantly in high demand, driving supply. It means that the recycling rates for 18/10 stainless steel are also high. And that stainless steel products made today will be recycled tomorrow.

Silicone

REBO features a flexible strap made of silicone, not plastic. Silicone comes from silica, which is found in sand - an abundant, natural resource! While silicone manufacturing relies on non-renewable resources, their use is less intensive than that of plastic production. 

Unlike plastic, silicone is heat and bacteria resistant, has low reactivity to chemicals and doesn’t break down as easily. That’s not to say that silicone is biodegradable, because it isn’t. But, whereas plastics break down into microplastics that seep into every crevice of our environment, silicon stays together in larger pieces. It’s less likely to wreak havoc on marine life.

Our goal is to keep silicone out of landfills and we will recycle it. There are dedicated silicone recyclers turning recycled silicone into oils and lubricants that are used in a variety of industries. Or sometimes, less conventional products like playground mulch!

Durable Plastic

The REBO smart cap is made of durable plastic, 100% recyclable. And, like everything at REBO, it is designed using Cradle-to-Cradle principles, so we made it easy to disassemble and recycle.

Businesses increasingly understand the need to design products with recycled plastic content. Today, recyclable plastics are found in products like furniture, automotive parts, accessories, countertops, flooring, shoes, t-shirts, glasses… you name it! These are being developed in attempt to tackle our plastic problem!

Keeping harmful chemicals out of our products and out of your hands

REBO's electrical components are all RoHS and REACH certified

The chemicals used in production processes greatly impact a product’s ‘end-of-life’. When in landfills, electronics pose a health threat to the environment and humans. And since we’re not chemists, we turned to experts for help.

All electrical components in the REBO hydration tracker are third-party certified by RoHS and REACH.

RoHS and REACH are programs aimed at preserving the environment, improving recycling possibilities and protecting the health of workers exposed to chemicals during the manufacturing process. Both certifications require strict guideline adherence to keep harmful substances out of products, and out of your hands.

Generally speaking, they restrict chemicals substances known to be:

Heavy metals

Known to lower energy levels and cause damage to: brain, lungs, kidney, liver, blood composition and other important organs.

Carcinogenic

Known to cause cancer

Mutagenic

Known to cause genes to mutate

Reproductive toxins

Known to cause birth defects and infertility

*To learn more, visit RoHS restricted substances and substances restricted under REACH

RoHS is a directive of the European Commission (EC) and stands for the Restriction of Hazardous Substances. It focuses specifically on electrical components.

RoHS-certified electrical components comply with strict guidelines to keep harmful substances out of products. They must refrain from ten chemical substance categories: Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavlent chromium (Cr6+), Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE), Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP).

REACH is a European Union (EU) regulation that stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals.

  • Registration - chemical producers must register all safety data on the chemicals they produce
  • Evaluation - European Agency experts evaluate safety data for high volume chemicals
  • Authorization - Chemicals identified as of “very high concern” will be phased out and reformulated with safer alternatives
  • Restriction of Chemicals- Some chemicals may be completely banned of uses restricted above certain threshold levels

The sole purpose of REACH is to address the production and use of chemical substances. Unlike RoHS, REACH spans across industry and doesn’t only focus on electronics.

REBO chose RoHS and REACH certifications because their programs complement each other. Obtaining only one certification doesn’t ensure compliance with the other. REBO products have been assessed for both electronic-specific compliance under RoHS and broader chemical compliance under REACH.