Stanleys are actually a safe and trendy hydration option

By Sydney Endicott, Photographer

Some girls are addicted to Hydro Flasks, and others are obsessed with the new Owala water bottles.

But my newest addiction is the Stanley cup in all different sizes and colors. 

In my opinion these stainless steel, reusable water bottles that come in a variety of sizes, designs and colors, are the best option for us college students. I’ve found that my 40 oz. cup, which I drink from every day, keeps my water cold for up to 12 hours and keeps ice solid for up to 48 hours.

Stanleys are affordable and are really the best way to go. The two most popular quenchers include the 40 oz., which starts at $45, and the 30 oz., which starts at $35. TikTok has helped grow this company, which has reported a $676 million increase in revenue over the past four years. 

Most recently, Stanley has gotten a lot of backlash from social media influencers claiming that at-home tests showed that the cups contain lead. The company put out a statement saying that  “lead is used in the manufacturing process, but the product needs to be damaged in order to expose any of that lead.”

I’ve researched this issue because I just bought a Stanley for my little sister, and I didnt want to end up poisoning us both. I found that the lead is only at the bottom of the cup and contained in a small pellet that is sealed into it. Only if the little pellet is broken will users be affected by lead.

This brand has been around for 110-plus years. I don't believe that this company would start making us sick on purpose.

PHOTO: Sydney Endicott, Photographer