Designer Water Bottles

This Living Green Below Your Means blog was established, in part, to discuss ways to be green without breaking the bank.  Not that we don't like green products, but sometimes the best way to reduce your ecological footprint is to stop buying stuff you don't need.  Like water in bottles.

You've been hearing a lot from New Dream lately about the wasteful practice of using oil to make a gazillion disposable plastic bottles, filling them with water, then using more oil to ship the bottles around the world to sell to people for hundreds of times the price of their tap water-- which is usually just as pure if not purer.

Our Responsible Purchasing Network is encouraging institutions to “break the bottled water habit? and even offers pro bono assistance to help them do it.  Meanwhile, our Conscious Consumer Marketplace offers tips about what to look for in water filters and refillable bottles.  When it turned out your durable polycarb camping bottle leaches BPA, we suggested maybe the way to go is stainless steel or lined aluminum.  But now BPA-free plastic bottles are also starting to pop up on the market.  Like this one.

And then there is the designer option. It was inevitable, I suppose, that some enterprising entrepreneurwould come up with a feature-laden water bottle.  Oh, wait. My mistake. It's not a "water bottle."  It's a "personal hydration vessel."  Allllrighty, then.  Point is, you can't just drink water.  You have to experience it.

This upscaling of the water bottle kind of goes against the "below your means" philosophy.  Having said that, it's still cheaper than buying a bunch of throwaway bottles.  And yes, the Kor bottle looks pretty cool. Alright.  Fine.   I want one.   (Not going to buy it though.   I got a bottle.)   The funny thing is the Kor people include on their site an excellent (albeit profane) Penn and Teller video that explains a lot about why bottled water's purity pretentions are so much puffery. (I'll leave it up to you to contemplate the irony of poking holes in designer water pretentions while advertising a "personal hydration vessel.")

But whether you need a stainless steel model, a personal hydration vessel, or a garden hose, the point is that your water at home is probably just as pure as and a lot less environmentally taxing than what comes out of that throwaway plastic bottle.


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Aluminum cans are coated with ehteir a water or solvent based coating including the lids. Beer cans have less coating in them than soda cans so that the beer will not pick up the coating flavor. Plastic containers are made of petroleum products and also have an effect on flavor. There are taste testers at producers plants that actually train to detect tastes in beer. Glass does not effect flavor and are normally dark to prevent light from changing the beers flavor. I guess the alternative is responsible drinking which might be an oxymoron.

Posted by Marius at August 22, 2013 at 8:34pm


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