“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
When I decided to try and create less waste the first thing I changed was buying plastic water bottles. This quickly evolved into me also bringing my own thermos when I went for coffee. In the beginning I was worried that it would be a hassle for baristas but I’ve been doing this for months and no one has batted an eye. In fact one of my favorite coffee shops made the point that it actually saves them money because they don’t have to buy as many paper cups and cardboard sleeves.
Plastic water bottles are awful for the environment, the cost of constantly buying them really adds up, and the water doesn’t stay cold as long as it would in an insulated water bottle. (A thermos will also keep your coffee hot for much longer!) All around using a refillable water bottle is a much better option. Plus, carrying around a water bottle makes it look like I just got done worked out;)
I have a couple thermoses and a couple of refillable water bottles because I like to have one in the car, a couple in my cabinet at home, and one that I’m using. If I’m being totally honest, having a few options also makes it so I always have one that is clean. Lets face it sometimes you just get behind on dishes and it’s nice to have a back up. This system makes it so that I don’t get caught off guard and feel forced into buy a plastic or paper container that I don’t really want. However, it’s not the end of the world if you get stuck without your trusty refillable container. I try to always remember that every little bit counts, even if I buy the occasional water bottle or cup of coffee I’m still producing less waste than I was before I started this whole things. Keeping reusable bottles in several places works for me but you’ll have to find a system that works best for you and your needs.
To make this change feasible I needed to invest in some good thermoses and refillable water bottles. So after researching reviews and then testing lots out I came up with four favorites and those are the ones I’ll be telling you about today.For each beverage container I’ve explained what I like about them, what their limitations are, where you can buy one, and how much they cost. I’ve only listed stainless steel and glass options because I prefer those to plastic (even if it is BPA free). My big reasons for choosing glass/stainless steel is I feel like they are easier to get really clean, I’m picky about how water tastes and both of these options avoid a plastic flavor in my water, and lastly they just feel more sturdy to me. All of that begin said you have to figure out for yourself what you do and don’t want in a water bottle. Get one that you like and you know you’ll use, that’s all that really matters. I hope you find this list helpful, it’s in order of my favorite to my least favorite, even though I really like all of them! If you have a personal favorite that isn’t listed here please let me know, I’m always looking for new things to try:)
P.S. My number one tip for this switch would be make sure you know how many ounces your bottle holds. If it’s stainless steel or plastic use a sharpie to write the number of ounces on the bottom. If it’s glass with a silicone or plastic lid mark it on the top. Doing this accomplishes two things, first it lets you know how much water you’re drinking during the day and second you can tell the barista the size so they know how much to charge you.
1. Stainless Steel Water Bottle
- My thoughts: This water bottle is definitely one of my favorites because of its versatility and size. This bottle fits in my cars cup holders, it’s lightweight, and it can be used for both hot and cold beverages. It keeps hot drinks warm for 12 hours and cold drinks cold for 24 hours. It’s BPA free and the only none metal or wooden part on it is a silicon ring that provides a vacuum seal and makes it leak proof. This bottle is also sweat proof so it doesn’t get moisture all over stuff during the summer when it’s full of ice water. The main body can be put in the dishwasher but since the wooden top needs to be hand washed I usually just wash the whole thing by hand. Superficially I also adore the frog design;) The only draw back of this bottle is that the lid screws completely off and is no longer attached to the main body of the bottle. This is mildly inconvenient because it requires two hands. However, it hasn’t really been a problem and overall I get tons of use out it. This bottle would definitely be my go to for traveling and hiking. I got this bottle on Amazon and I haven’t seen it anywhere else. I’ve attached the link and price below.
- Cost: $19.95 on Amazon //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=thensingsmyso-20&marketplace=amazon®ion=US&placement=B01KEHQU52&asins=B01KEHQU52&linkId=76b62a022d91f08817d8678a5665b3e7&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066C0&bg_color=FFFFFF” target=”_blank”>Stainless Steel Frog Water Bottle
2. Bubba Keg 16 Hero Bottle
- My thoughts: This thermos is made in America, BPA free, leak proof, dishwasher safe, sweat proof, keeps cold beverages cold for 24 hours, has an easy snap down lid, comfortable grip, and it fits in car cup holders. I couldn’t find an exact time for how long hot beverages would stay hot but I know that I have to take the lid off at work so that my coffee can cool down enough to drink it. If I don’t take the lid off I just keep burning my tongue. This is a really affordable thermos and you can find it at Walmart or on Amazon. I wouldn’t pick this bottle to take on a trip because the rubber grip tends to catch on things so it doesn’t easily slid into the water bottle holder of a backpack. The stainless steel is super easy to clean and durable. I also like that this is a 16 oz. bottle rather than some of my other larger bottles that are pricier to fill up at the coffee shop.
- Cost: $11.99 on Amazon Hero Bubba Keg Cup
- Cost: $13.92 at Walmart https://www.walmart.com/ip/Bubba-Hero-Fresh-Thermos/25568831#about-item
3. Contigo SnapSeal 20 oz. Stainless-Steel Travel Mug
- My thoughts: I like this travel mug for a lot of the same reasons I like my bubba thermos. You can use this travel mug for hot or cold beverages, I’ve never had a problem with leaking, drinks stay hot for up to 7 hours and cold for up to 20, it fits in my car cup holder, it’s dishwasher safe, and it’s 100% BPA free. It’s a little bulkier than the other bottles I’ve mentioned so I don’t like it as much for traveling. The rubber band around the body of the mug makes it comfortable to hold and the snap lid makes it easy to pop open one handed. I actually have two of these, one that I keep in the cabinet and one that I use as a spare in my car. I’ve listed the Amazon link for it below because it’s cheaper but these bottles are also easy to find at Walmart.
- Cost: $10. 96 on Amazon Contigo SnapSeal Stainless Steel Travel Mug
4. Lifefactory Unisex Glass Bottle with Active Flip Cap 22 oz.
- My thoughts: This water bottle is the one I keep at work because it’s a little to heavy to be comfortable hauling around. That being said it’s got a handle, which makes it nice for grabbing off my desk, and taking to meetings. The design is pretty and the flip top makes it easy to drink out of. I also like that it’s made from glass (super easy to clean and very environmentally friendly) and silicone so I don’t have to worry about BPA or other chemicals leaching into my water. The whole thing can be put in the dishwasher, which makes it easy to care for. True to it’s word it is leak proof, it’s Kate tested now;) I’ve listed the Amazon link below but sometimes you can find these bottles on sale at the Natural Groceries so you might compare prices before buying.
- Cost: $20.25 on Amazon Lifefactory BPA-Free Glass Water Bottle
If you still aren’t sure about making the switch I’d encourage you to take a look at the statistics. This website has some great information about the impact of water bottles on the environment and your wallet. https://www.banthebottle.net/bottled-water-facts/
Benjamin Von Wong is the incredible artist behind the mermaid water bottle project shown in the video below. He has created a petition where you can pledge to switch to reusable water bottles instead of disposable plastic ones. If your interested in joining this pledge here is the link. https://www.change.org/p/i-pledge-to-re-use-because-mermaids-hate-plastic
I’ve just ordered a bottle cleaner from Amazon and once it comes and I have a chance to test it out I’ll make sure to fill you in on if it’s a worthwhile purchase:)
All of my recommendations and links are solely based on my own opinions. I haven’t received any of these products for free in exchange for my opinion. The links I’ve inserted in this blog are affiliated.