How are Saucha Soul bottles made?
The copper for all Saucha Soul bottles is mined, refined to greater than 99% purity, and hand-shaped by skilled artisans in India. The food-grade silicone rings are manufactured in India, and the bottles are assembled and printed in India.
I know that copper loses its shine after a while. Will this happen to my Saucha Soul bottle?
Yes it will after some time has passed. This change does not affect the integrity of the bottle itself; it is purely cosmetic. There are two important things to note: first, if you are diligent, you can maintain a strong shine on your bottle using traditional copper/silver polish on a regular basis. Second, we think that a well-worn Saucha Soul bottle is a positive sign of its unique composition and its many roads traveled – like a pair of well-worn jeans, or your favorite pair of boots that just refuse to quit.
It takes some time for a Saucha Soul bottle to show any visible signs of dulling, particularly if you keep it polished. However, we’ll be honest: if you insist that your Saucha Soul bottle keep a like-new shine forever then you will eventually be disappointed.
How do I care for my Saucha Soul bottle?
Saucha Souls are naturally antibiotic and resist holding odors and tastes, so you don’t need to worry about cleaning them with antibacterial soap. We do not recommend running your Saucha Soul bottle through a dishwasher. The best way to clean your Saucha Soul bottle is with room temperature water, natural (not detergent!) dish soap, and a soft sponge. You can also clean it using more traditional methods: Use the juice from a couple wedges of lemon or rub the surfaces with fresh tamarind, which you can find in any well-stocked oriental market, and rinse to clean and polish the surfaces of your Saucha Soul bottle. If you are insistent on maintaining a strong shine on the outside of your bottle, you can use a traditional home-use metal polish.
Are Saucha Soul bottles strong?
Yes they are, although they are not as strong as aluminum or steel. Copper is quite soft compared to many other metals but it is very durable and lasts a long time when taken care of.
Do Saucha Soul “leach” things into my water?
Saucha Soul bottles deposit trace amounts of copper into your water that, if filled twice daily and sipped throughout the day, add up to approximately 10-25% of the average adult’s recommended daily allowance of copper. This is water-soluble, usable copper that your body requires on a daily basis. This of course depends on how much water you drink every day and how long the water stays in your bottle before you drink it.
In any case, it is impossible for your Saucha Soul bottle to provide more than 25%-50% of the recommended daily allowance of copper because there is not enough time in a day for more than that to deposit into the water stored inside your bottle.
Water bottle companies generally don’t like to talk about the fact that every material deposits a trace amount into water. We are up-front about the issue of “leaching”. The truth is, for better or worse, that leaching occurs in some amount, however big or small, with every container that holds water or water-based liquids. This is due to the simple and natural relationship that water has with minerals and chemicals.
Of course, this is one of the many reasons we love copper, and one of the many reasons that copper is one of the best materials available for storing water – if trace deposits occur with practically every material used to make water bottles, why not choose a material that actually deposits something healthy, in safe and beneficial amounts, and keeps your water naturally clean and germ-free?
Here’s how it works:
- The average adult requires approximately 1mg per day of copper in their diet.
- Water stored in a copper container for 12-24 hours receives approximately 200-400 parts per billion of dissolved copper. That is approximately one quarter to one half of a milligram of copper per liter of water.
- Thus, one liter of water stored in a copper container for 12 to 24 hours provides approximately 25-50% of the average adult’s daily copper requirement.
- If you drink a lot of water (and you should!) then your water will not stay inside of your Saucha Soul bottle for a full day. Thus, less exposure means less trace copper deposited into the water.
In conclusion: hypothetically, if you drink two liters of water from your Saucha Soul bottle daily, and the water stays in the bottle for an average of 6 hours before you drink it, the water will receive approximately 100-200 parts per billion of trace copper, or approximately 10-20% of the recommended daily allowance of copper for an average adult. If you leave your first day’s intake of water inside your Saucha Soul bottle overnight in the evening before you drink it, as is practiced in Ayurveda, you may receive a bit more, around 25-50% of your recommended daily allowance of copper.
Can I receive too much copper from water in my Saucha Soul bottle?
No. As long as you do not store your water for long periods of time before drinking it, you will never receive more than a small portion of your daily recommended requirement of copper from water stored in your Saucha Soul bottle.
Can I use my Saucha Soul bottle for hot or cold liquids?
We recommend that you do not use your Saucha Soul bottle for hot liquids, for the simple reason that copper is an excellent thermal conductor – it is very good at transferring heat! Saucha Soul bottles easily become hot to touch when they contain hot liquids like tea and coffee.
The same is true for very cold liquids such as ice water and ice tea – your Saucha Soul bottle will be very cold to the touch!
Our 30oz. bottles accept a standard insulating foam ‘koozy’ used for aluminum cans and glass bottles so if you insist on using your Saucha Soul bottle for hot or cold liquids we recommend you use that as well.
Can I use my Saucha Soul bottle for liquids other than water?
Of course! Copper does not retain tastes – in fact it’s an amazing material for providing a neutral taste for any beverage of your choice. Just rinse your bottle out when you’re done. We enjoy iced tea regularly in our bottles!
Can I boil or freeze my Saucha Soul bottle?
No, we recommend you do not.
Can I microwave my Saucha Soul bottle?
No! Like most other metals, copper does not play well with microwave energy. Please keep your Saucha Soul away from your microwave!
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