I was pretty grossed out to learn that only about 12% of plastic water bottles are recycled. This is particularly awful when it’s so easy and inexpensive to get good-quality reusable water bottles that will last for years or even DECADES before they join their non-recycled disposable brethren in the ground—or even join the 12% of the disposable ones that get recycled. Well, or some would have to be in a different kind of recycling bin because they are metal instead of plastic BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.
My son is supposed to have two water bottles for school: one for his desk, and one with his lunch. He is also going to need two to take along on a camping trip in a few months. And I’d like to have two for myself, one for the diaper bag and one for the car. But my experience with water bottles so far has been PITIFUL, mostly because they LEAK. We’ve drenched lunches, backpacks, clothes. I asked my Twitter peeps if they had a water bottle they were happy with.
Devivo, VelocibadgerGRL, Unepetite, and AnnabelleSpeaks recommended Nalgene (photos from Amazon.com). There are lots of sizes, wide-mouth and narrow-mouth and sippie-flip and one-handed flip-top and stainless steel versions, and they come in tons of colors which is handy for family color-coding.
Indigogirls and Meanliving recommended CamelBak (photos from Amazon.com). It has kid bite-valve, bite-valve, classic cap, and stainless steel versions. You can buy replacement caps and replacement bite valves and straws, which pleases me because one of the water bottles I had awhile back got some serious ick going in the straw. And again, lots of sizes, and lots of colors for easy color-coding.
DocMaureen recommends Kleen Kanteen (photos from Amazon.com), and those do sound super-great: totally recyclable, dishwasher-safe, nice wide opening for ice cubes, with replaceable caps and sippees.
Agirlnamedmel and Originalstatia recommended the Intak (photos from Amazon.com). Some of these are on a “four for the price of three” deal.
Indigogirls and SassyBuster recommended Sigg (photos from Amazon.com). I like the protective dome that covers the mouthpiece on the kid versions.
Well! So what have we learned from this research? I have learned that there are VERY MANY OPTIONS. And that I am primarily motivated by cuteness/prettiness. Also: that it’s tiring to do a post with so many links and photos.
What’s your favorite reusable water bottle? Do you prefer plastic or metal?