Bottle it up — the design of reusable water-containers
As many of us have heard, buying bottled water is bad. Sort of like eating your dessert before you’ve had dinner. No seriously though, they are. So the solution is reusable water bottles right? But which one? What design?
Really..who knows! But let’s have a look at some of the designs out there anyway!
So why not plain ol bottled water? From the blog of noimpactman
- Although in the industrial world bottled water is often no healthier than tap water, it can cost up to 10,000 times more.
- Making bottles to meet Americans’ demand for bottled water requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel some 100,000 U.S. cars for a year.
- 86 percent of plastic water bottles used in the United States become garbage or litter
- Transporting bottled water long distances involves burning massive quantities of fossil fuels. Nearly a quarter of all bottled water crosses national borders to reach consumers, transported by boat, train, and truck.
First up a is a bottle I’ve been seeing alot of on the internet lately, the Vapur.
The Vapur Anti-Bottle reusable water bottle just launched in Canada. Vapur will hopefully help the growing issue of disposable plastic water bottles by offering a reusable, eco-friendly option. The biggest difference between the Vapur and traditional reusable bottles is that Vapur is flexible, stands upright when full and can be rolled, folded or flattened when empty, easily fitting into purses, briefcases and even pockets.
This bottle looks very useful and clever. I love the fact that I could just shove it into my pocket when it’s empty. Lugging around an empty water bottle is extremely annoying personally.
The clip is also especially useful, and is in fact the only feature that sets it apart from another extremely similar product that seems to have been on the market for a while before the the vapur.
Unlike the relatively new Vapur Anti-Bottle, Platypus bottles have been around for at least 5 years. They use the same basic principle. A soft bodied bag that stands when full, and is small and compact when empty.
Compared to a hard bottle of equal volume, they weigh 80% less and take up a mere one fifth of the space when empty. Stash a few in your purse, breeze through airport security without wasting room in your carry-on, or just fill one with your favorite earthly grog and hit the trail. Collapsibility is versatility and you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it. — Platypus
Then there’s the bobble. Bobble is not only a water bottle but it also a filter for your water. It’s style and simplicity has earned it many features on several design blogs over the past few months.
Speaking of simplicity and style, we couldn’t leave off the classic swiss-style bottles by SIGG
For 100+ years, SIGG has utilized Swiss precision and craftsmanship to produce high-quality reusable bottles.
This last bottle isn’t really re-usable but attacks the problem from another angle. The rationale seems to be this, make bottles less of a plastic-problem, more paper-recyclable.
The 360 paper water bottle from Brand Image is made from 100% renewable food-safe resources, fully recyclable and versatile in a number of potential liquid categories.
I must say, however, these bottles don’t look like they’d be incredibly comfortable to hold…
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