February 22nd, 2008
UPDATE: August 2009, SIGG bottles made prior to August 2008 contain trace amounts of BPA.
Isn’t it lovely? (Sorry about the glare on the photo. It’s so nice it shines.)
Since a main focus of this blog is sharing steps I take to be greener in my everyday life, I thought I’d tell you about my new best friend: My SIGG bottle. (It may seem like I’m bragging a little too much on this bottle, but I promise I did pay for it myself. This is my unbiased review.)
I stopped buying bottled water a few years ago. It’s too heavy, too expensive and too too wasteful.
What are the reasons people consume bottled water on a regular basis? (I understand the occasional emergency bottle.)
•Tap water doesn’t taste good.
•No handy water container to take on the go.
Here’s what I do:
I purify my tap water with a Brita water pitcher. One filter lasts a couple months. I keep the pitcher in the refrigerator so I always have cold water on hand. You can also buy filters that fit on the faucet, but I’ve had bad experiences with those breaking. It just so happens that Brita is having a Filter For Good campaign right now. You can take a pledge to reduce your bottled water consumption and get a coupon for Brita pitchers and filters.
To solve the problem of having a water container on hand I used some plastic water bottles for years. However, Michael would complain about the water tasting like plastic after it had been in the bottle for a bit. So, yeah, I started to notice this too.
That’s where SIGG came in. It’s made of a solid piece of aluminum — no plastic to leach. Tests have shown 0 leaching. The bottles are 100 percent recyclable, and the bottle lining is water-based and non-toxic. It’s baked into the interior walls, but does not crack.
Another plus for me is the cool cap. You can buy a more traditional cap, but the one it comes with can also act as a nice handle. When I take it out shopping with me (because I always get thirsty), I can drop it into my shopping bags and not worry about it leaking. No snap top to pop off.
Perhaps the biggest plus with my new SIGG is that the cat can’t dip his paws into it. How relaxing — I can leave it unguarded in the living room!
SIGG bottles are also not as prone to leaking as plastic bottles can be. If the seal in the cap is worn, you can purchase another cap easily. The bottle itself is very durable. I can’t imagine anything crushing it. Maybe a giant Hummer might dent it though. Yeah, probably a Hummer would kill my SIGG.
Where to buy? Whole Foods Markets, among other places. Go to SIGG for a complete list. I got mine from reusablebags.com. As you probably know by now, I’m so in love with them.
Enough about my water bottle. What do you use?
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