Everyone knows plastic bottles and paper cups are bad, but that doesn't make eradicating them from your daily life easy. If only there were *gasp* some kind of solution…
Environmental campaigners have been urging people to invest in a reusable bottle for ages. For context, Americans purchase about 50 billion plastic water bottles per year, averaging about 13 bottles per month for everyone in the US. So by using a reusable bottle, you as an individual could save an average of 156 plastic bottles annually. To dole out a much-bastardized word, a reusable water bottle is the sustainable choice.
But if saving the world isn't enough incentive to start using a reusable bottle, perhaps you'll be swayed by the fact they're now — wait for it, fans of late capitalism — a bona fide fashion accessory!
Style gods like Jonah Hill have been seen skulking around their neighborhoods, clutching a Hydro Flask populated with custom stickers fit for a skate deck. Or, you might find these same people lugging around a colorful summer-friendly gallon bottle that seems to be perfectly designed for their outfit.
It's understandable that some might balk at the idea of reusable bottles being reduced to some kind of style prop. The notion is ridiculous, bordering on Kafkaesque. Forgoing single-use plastic should be an obvious choice, cool or not.
But people are nothing if not impressionable, and in our celebrity-obsessed culture, sometimes it takes a nudge from someone famous to kick-start a movement.
Speaking to The Guardian, Natalie Fee, founder of City to Sea, a UK nonprofit that campaigns to prevent marine plastic pollution at source, said, "The idea of reusable bottles being a fashion accessory is a good thing. If you want people to adopt a new behavior, if you want to create mass change, it helps to have influential people on board."
That being said, here are some of our favorite reusable water bottles.
Best Water Bottles for Your Fit
Prada Logo Stainless-Steel Water Bottle
A stainless steel reusable water bottle is always a solid option. However, Miuccia's iconic aesthetic oozes out this bottle's design, upping its appeal. It would go perfectly with your beloved Prada gear.
Marine Serre Bottle with Black Bottle Bag
Though we love to stay hydrated, carrying a water bottle around all day can get a bit annoying. So, Marine Serre decided to bless us with a sleek metal silver-toned bottle and a black messenger bag to go along with it, making things a bit easier and slightly more outfit-friendly.
Best Water Bottle for Your Kitchen
Brunello Cucinelli Walnut Wood and Glass Bottle
A carafe fit for a Tuscan Villa, Brunello Cucinelli's reusable water bottle is the perfect elegant addition to your homeware. The glass bottle was made in Solomeo, Italy, and features a luxurious walnut wood cap.
LARQ Black Movement Self-Cleaning Bottle
Packed with its own proprietary UV-LED light, this reusable water bottle is capable of "cleaning itself," removing any nasty and harmful bio-contaminants like E.coli and Salmonella. The bottle is light, easy to grip, and its matte black color is even more stunning in person.
Best Water Bottles for Your Next Camping Trip
Snow Peak Kanapai Insulated Bottle
Perhaps you want something a bit warmer on your early morning hike? Snow Peak's Kanapi water bottle can store both warm and cold liquids thanks to its vacuum-sealed, double-wall stainless steel design. Whatever your drink, Snow Peak promises that it will keep its temperature for hours. Cheers to that.
NOAH's Yellow Winged Foot Mizu Bottle
Summer yellow and minimal, Noah's stainless steel bottle is not only durable but BPA-free and recyclable. It is sure to brighten up anyone's day.
Carharrt WIP Nice to Mother Bottle
A no-frills water bottle,>Carhartt offers drinkers a 100% BPA Free container for their favorite on-the-go drink. The measuring marks, wavy graphic print, and wide mouth design are all nice touches. The graphic itself is a playful reminder of why we are using a reusable water bottle in the first place.
Best Water Bottles for the Summer
Medicom x Have a Good Time Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Medicom has entered the chat. The Japanese brand (founders of the coveted Bearbrick) has collaborated with streetwear brand Have a Good Time to create a stainless steel patterned reusable water bottle. The bottle's graphic is there to remind you to enjoy the simple things in life, including a cold sip of water. We also love its color. It is quite literally a stylish "green" choice for your lifestyle.
Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle
There is something about Hydro Flask's reusable water bottle that screams Spring. Perhaps it's the bright pastel colors? Regardless, if you are looking for a large bottle that can keep liquids hot and cold and that is dishwasher friendly, this should be your choice.
Parra Cat Sigg Bottle
Parra's surrealistic pop-art is a nice touch. However, don't let the playful and adorable cat fool you. This reusable bottle is capable of keeping even your favorite carbonated drinks tightly sealed and fresh.
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