Bottled Water Without the Controversy (image from how can I recycle this on Flickr)
Bottled water has taken a huge PR hit recently. Not only do the ubiqutous plastic bottles clog our landfills and oceans, but chemicals leaching from the plastics can significantly harm our health. Bottled water companies feebly claim that you should still buy their product because its “healthier” than soda pop.
Sure, I believe that. But the healthiest decision you can make when it comes to water, is to carry your own – straight from the tap (or filtered). Single-use containers like bottles are the antithesis of “reduce, reuse, recycle.” You do not reduce your consumption. You cannot reuse the bottles. And, unfortunately, most people do not recycle the bottles.
Plastic bottles everywhere you look (image from Shazari on Flickr)
Enter Hydro Flask.* Created right here in my hometown of Bend, Oregon, this stainless steel bottle is tops in the market when it comes to reusable water bottles. Two business partners, Travis Rosbach and Cindy Morse developed the Hydro Flask over a year and half of research. They believe that their insulated stainless steel water bottle addresses the flaws of other reusable water bottles on the market – helping to settle the water bottles controversy: You CAN take your water with you.
Not much better than single-use plastic water bottles (image from Perfecto Insecto on Flickr)
Hydro Flask has double-steel walls with a vacuum layer in between, which helps to insulate the liquid inside. Hot or cold liquids will stay that way up to 12 hours. And, for people on the go, no more worries about “sweating” bottles that make a mess. The insulation keeps the outside dry and easy to handle. Of course, one of the best features is the safety associated with the lack of plastics. Even re-useable plastic bottles like the ones shown above can leech Bisphenol-A (BPA) over time, increasing your risk of cancer and other illnesses, as well as early-onset of puberty. Information from the Hydro Flask creators note that the bottle is made from non-hazardous steel, made for food and cutlery.
You can find the Hydro Flask here in Central Oregon at Mountain Supply of Oregon and Newport Avenue Market. You will also be able to find it at Whole Foods Market and Nature’s General Store. An 18-oz. bottle costs $19.99, and a 24-oz. version is $24.99.
Its about time for water bottles without the controversy! I’d say you should add this insulated stainless steel water bottle to your back-to-school list, and kiss those plastic bottles goodbye forever!