Why Plastic ISN’T Fantastic
Every year, every day, every MINUTE, massive amounts of single-use plastics barrage Earth’s oceans, lakes, rivers, landfills, and thousands of miles of shoreline. These various plastic products wreak havoc on many of the plants and animals in these ecosystems, not to mention often end up piled high a midst the tons of trash washing ashore and ruining many of the planet’s beautiful beaches.
One of the major players in this destructive mix of plastics is the single use plastic bottle. It is estimated that humans purchase 1,000,000 plastic bottles per minute. Of these million bottles purchased each minute, less than a quarter are recycled. For the sake of our planet’s ecosystem, our own health, and the well being of future generations it’s time to make some big changes to address this issue.
One of the simplest and most effective ways to cut down on the use of plastic bottles is switch to regularly using a reusable bottle. Currently there are many high-quality, affordable options for making this simple change. The composition of most reusable bottles is usually either BPA-free plastic, glass, or stainless steel. If you are looking for a product that is BPA -free, durable, affordable, and insulated I recommend trying stainless steel. So then the question of course becomes, “What is the BEST stainless steel water bottle?” Well my friends, let me introduce you to S’well…
The S’well company was founded in 2010 by Sarah Kauss and has since become the fastest growing woman-owned company in America. With their mission to create beautiful, eco-friendly products to reduce single-use plastic consumption worldwide, S’well has become a trusted leader in the industry. In addition to the company’s success since it’s inception, S’well has also partnered with UNICEF USA by committing $800,000 to help provide clean and safe water to vulnerable communities across the globe. Their particular focus has been on improving the infrastructure and education around sustainable drinking water in Madagascar where nearly half of the population lacks this precious resource.
What Make S’well Oh So Swell?
S’well offers a wide range of bottle styles along with some really useful accessories. Check out just a few of my favorite features that make S’Well bottles Oh So Swell:
- High-Quality – Bottles are made of high grade 18/8 stainless steel which means they are very durable and resistant to dents or cracks. S’well bottles also feature patented triple walled “ThermaS’Well” technology. This includes an internal copper layer and leaves bottles totally condensation-free. This style of insulation keeps drinks cold for 24 hours and drinks hot for 12 hours.
- Eco-Friendly – All S’well bottles are made BPA-free using high quality, responsibly sourced materials. As noted above, they support environmental sustainability through their charity work and their products inherently combat the consumption of single-use plastics.
- Amazing Design – S’well offers a wide variety of styles in terms of size, shape, and pattern. The mouth size fits most ice cubes while the bottles themselves fit nicely into most cup holders. The original bottles come in 9oz, 17oz, and 25oz sizes. S’well has also created “Travelers” which range from 12oz-20oz, “Roamers” which range from 40oz-60oz, and “Tumblers” which range from 10oz- 18oz. All of S’Well’s products are offered in a truly beautiful and fashionable colors and designs. Many of their bottles can even be personalized with your name or with the use of Chalk Ink Pens which are available on S’Wells website and wipe clean with water.
- Great Value – Most S’well bottles are very affordable, especially considering the high quality of the product. Traditional bottles, travelers, and tumblers typically range for $20-$45 depending on size and style. The much larger “Roamer” style bottles ring in at $55-$75. This is truly an incredible value for such a high quality, stylish product whose value will only be increased by the amount you will save by not purchasing single-use plastic bottles.
If you’re interested, you can get your own S’well bottle now.
Bottles, Bottles, Everywhere
As global awareness of environmental pollution continues to grow, the various statistics and effects of plastics is being more deeply studied. One has only to view Earth Day Network’s “Single Use Platics Fact Sheet” to learn just a few of the ways this material is harming the planet. Earth Day Network writes “In 2016, world plastics production totaled around 335 million metric tons. Roughly half of annual plastic production is destined for a single-use product.” There are a wide variety of types of single use plastics (including drinking straws, product packaging, and bags) but one of the most commonly used is the plastic bottle. Not convinced? Take a quick peek at some facts specific to plastic bottles compiled by the Ban The Bottle Campaign:
Don’t Refuse What You Can Reuse
According to https://www.aiga.org/case-study-watershed Americans purchase about 50 billion water bottles per year, averaging about 13 bottles per month for every person in the U.S.! That means by using a reusable water bottle, you could save an average of 156 plastic bottles annually. Along with the impact that plastic bottles have on the environment, they also cost consumers thousands of dollars a year. Making the switch from plastic to reusable bottles isn’t just good for the environment, it’s GREAT for your wallet!
Take a moment to think about every plastic water bottle you’ve ever used. Many of those bottles may still be circulating around the globe and the ones that were recycled or put in landfills also come with a myriad of environmental consequences. Now imagine approximately how much money you spent on all of those water bottles over the course of your lifetime and ask yourself how much you would have saved had you been using a single, reusable bottle?
Now consider the QUALITY of the single use water bottles you’ve consumed. Did keep your water cold for a long time? What about hot beverages? How confident are you about the water quality itself? Did you know that both Pepsi’s Aquafina and Coke’s Dasani brands are just bottled, purified municipal water? In point of fact the U.S.’s public water is regulated by the EPA which requires multiple quality screening tests daily and makes this information freely available to the public. Bottled water, which is actually regulated by the FDA, only requires weekly testing and doesn’t freely share the results with the public.
If S’Well’s Not For You, Here’s A Few Great Alternatives
Of course, the S’well bottle may not be for everyone. Whether they are a bit out of your price range or just don’t appeal to you aesthetically, you may wish to find try a different reusable bottle. You’re in luck because there is an great resource at the Good Housekeeping website listing some other high quality reusable, BPA-Free bottles that may interest you in your decision to abandon single use plastic bottles. Check out their list here.
Take It Personally
For me personally, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my 25 oz S’well bottle for over a year. I have found that the claims of insulation performance are entirely accurate with many hot/cold beverages remaining so for 12-24 hours. I have come to really appreciate the design of the bottle as it fits well in my hand and has a perfect mouth size for both drinking and adding ice cubes. I have a fairly active lifestyle which includes trekking, biking, and traveling so my S’well bottle has truly been put to the test in terms of durability. It has survived many falls onto pavement and other surfaces without any dents. The exterior has a really nice lightly gritted texture that I have found makes it easy to hold with sweaty hands while hiking or running. Honestly the longer I have had it the more I have grown to love my S’well bottle. My only regret is not getting one sooner!
I sincerely thank you for taking the time to learn about switching to reusable water bottles and particularly encourage you to give S’Well a try. If you have any questions or would like further information don’t hesitate to contact me!
Founder – Green Roots Lifestyle