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After skimming past an advertisement for S’well reusable bottles, I decided to check out their website and do some more research. I mention them in a previous post, but I really wanted to highlight the benefits of this bottle and discuss their background a little more.
These aluminum bottles come in three different size options: 9 oz, 17 oz, and 25 oz (which holds a whole bottle of wine, as many of my friends have tested out and they state on their website). The bottles are also insulated to keep the temperature of your drink consistent for 12 hours (hot drinks will stay warm for 12, cold drinks stay cool for 24). So far, I have found no discrepancy in that claim. I have had iced tea in the bottle, poured from the fridge in the morning and kept at room temperature while I am studying or writing blog posts, but when I drank it later that night it was still absolutely refreshing. Same goes for warmer drinks; a couple mornings ago I ran my hot test with my annual bottle of coffee for the first day of classes. Not only was my coffee still warm by the end of my school day (6 hours later), but the interior temperature does not impact the exterior of the bottle. Long story short, my boiling hot coffee did not burn my hand while I held the bottle. A+ for temperature control.
Nalgenes have been a trendy reusable source, and they are really practical too. What almost all other bottles on the market lack are the unique and eye-catching designs S’well has for their bottles. Personally, I have the 17 oz Resort Waikiki print and I love it; it’s the print I saw advertised that initially got me into S’well in the first place. Isn’t it cute?
So environmentally speaking, obviously S’well eliminates the need for plastic bottles for cold drinks, and any styrofoam or other not eco-friendly beverage vessels. They are also BPA free, so they are you-friendly too! The company is owned by a woman who wanted to eliminate plastic bottles from everyday use, and is one of the largest growing woman-owned companies in the United States today. Not only does the purchase of one of these bottles directly help you on your quest to be more environmentally-friendly, but proceeds from S’well purchases also are donated to different charities and organizations. The list of charities include UNICEF, American Forests, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. For more information about their donations and mission, you can check out this link: https://www.swellbottle.com/stories/about-us/ .
The only downfall with these bottles is they are a little on the pricey end. I have a reusable water bottle (BPA free) with no kind of thermal regulation and I got it on Amazon for about 1/4 of what I paid for my S’well. S’well does give you free shipping with every purchase however, and I am almost certain this bottle will outlast any of my other reusable ones. So all in all, I do think the cost is worth it, especially when you consider that your purchase is going to be giving back to a handful of good causes.
So, based on the designs, the convenience and the donation factor, I recommend these bottles to anyone looking either for a new travel drink container, or for someone looking to take steps towards a more sustainable life. I’ve seen these bottles at the gym, around campus, and am super glad there is one sitting on my desk next to me right now. Remember, environmentalism does not have to be going straight to a waste-free life and eating organically out of your garden; everyone has access to different resources and different goals, but we all need to have this common goal – help keep our environment healthy.