After the big BPA scare of aught nine I decided to switch from using my Nalgene bottle, just to be on the safe side. Normally I’m not one to throw away perfectly good water bottles willy-nilly just because I heard that something might possibly be not the healthiest. At least, not without reading the research for myself. But since my Nalgene had a broken strap and I had been dragging it along with me everywhere for the past four years I decided it was time to look into other options- especially since buying bottled water was on the top of my not-to-do list.
But what water bottle should I get instead? I loved the durability of my Nalgene. Unbreakable! Lasts forever! I searched high and low for one I thought would be a suitable replacement. I settled on a metal Sigg bottle, which worked fine but immediately got dented and scratched and couldn’t keep anything warm for longer than an hour. Still, I stuck with it, since I didn’t want to abandon a perfectly good bottle.
Then the Bamboo Bottle Company sent me a sample of their new water bottle. It’s sleek, keeps things both cool and warm, and is made from bamboo, which is one of the Earth’s most easily replenishable resources. Did you know that in the time it takes an average person to run a 5K, bamboo can grow an inch? Plus, bamboo has all these other awesome attributes:
- Bamboo replenishes the environment and the air we breathe. Bamboo releases 35% more oxygen than equivalent strands of trees. And it can sequester up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide from the air per hectare. (Bamboo really does help fight global warming!)
- Harvesting bamboo does not destroy its root system, meaning there is no topsoil erosion or run-off.
- Harvesting of bamboo minimally impacts the wildlife, compared to hardwood “logging,” where big machinery tears the land apart.
And since I love being stylish as much as I love being earth-friendly, I feel great toting this water bottle to my yoga classes.
A few things I do feel I should note: first, the bottle is heavy. It is made out of bamboo, which is light, but the inside is glass and the top and bottom are plastic. Second, they only have the one version for sale right now, and it does not hold as much water as my big Nalgene or Sigg bottles did, so I fill it more often. And lastly, I have not tried any kind of drop test on it to see how the glass would react to an impact. Being the clumsy girl I am, I’m sure that will happen sooner rather than later, but for now I’m going to try to keep it firmly in my grasp.
Still, the message of the Bamboo Bottle Company is one I can get behind, and that’s pretty important. What water bottles have you been using?
Source: The Greenists
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