Can I just say that I am a huge fan of the Life Factory Glass bottles?
I have a 16oz. green one and it’s nothing short of amazing. I am the sort of person who loves the concept of a carry-around, reusable water bottle… but mostly in theory and less in practice. I find that I have a tendency to collect bottles (which cannot be much better than buying “one-time-use” bottles), use them for a bit, and then move onto the newer, fancier model bottle. When I get tired of a bottle I generally donate it or give it to someone who needs a new bottle and move on.
I recognized that this is not sustainable and I searched for my “final” water bottle. I saw everyone else carrying around this glass bottle and I decided to investigate it for myself. I couldn’t imagine it would be worth it – but I was wrong.
So why do I prefer one over the other? Let me count the ways.
- It’s made up of a heavy-duty glass. While dropping may be a bit of a concern, the silicon sleeve helps cushion the blow and contain big chunks of glass should it break. I haven’t tested this yet, but I can say that I am less worried about dropping the
bottle, which does make for a less clumsy me (that whole, if I am not worried about dropping it – I probably won’t drop it, psychology).
- Because it is glass, it is easier to recycle when something happens to it. While some plastics may be BPA free – it still is harder for plastic to be recycled into something that has wider use (usually going towards industrial products that cannot be used to handle food in any way). Glass, on the other hand, is extremely versatile when recycled which is why I love this bottle.
- Cleaning! Seriously. Cleaning. The old water bottles I used had a tendency to be difficult in some way to clean. Some of them had lips that stuff would get trapped under, maintain a smell of some I put in the container that wasn’t water (like a strong tea), or couldn’t go through the dishwasher. This bottle, thankfully, can handle the dishwasher and comes out squeaky clean.
- Speaking of hot water – that’s one of the main reasons why I LOVE this bottle. I can put hot water in without worrying about it cracking and because of how sturdy the handle is – I am able to carry it around without getting burned. Sure, it does not retain the heat, but I am not looking to maintain heat – I just want water that isn’t cold. So – tea can go in here nicely, provided I drink it quickly (which I tend to do).
- Vanity time – I love the colors that are available, along with the sizes. Right now I only have the green one pictured on the right – but if I was willing to spend it, I could have a different color for each outfit. Now that is unsustainable.
- Did you see that they also make baby bottles and products? I think when dearest and I decide to expand our family, I will put several of these on my baby registry.
- Ultimately, it’s ease of use. It has a wonderful handle and is fairly light-weight, so it’s easy to carry around. I find that it has become quite the security blanket for me of sorts. Wherever I go, I need to have it by my side. Yoga, class, driving, studying. More and more places are making drinking water accessible to consumers – so I am always keeping it full. With the tics on the side of the silicone covering, you can easily keep track of how much water you are drinking in a day.
I guess that’s my mini-review for the Life Factory Bottle. I highly recommend this awesome water bottle for anyone in the market for a more sustainable water bottle that is nice to carry around. The price tag is a little off putting – but if you consume the equivalent of 7+ water bottles a week – it pays off within the week.
Bonus: Look at what my school’s gym just installed!
Yup, it’s a filtered water bottle fountain. No touch! You just place your bottle on the pad and it uses a sensor to fill it up with filtered water. The green screen on the top right tells you how many water bottles it’s replaced by being used. I was rather chuffed to be able to use this the other day. It’s a small step for my University – it’s rather behind the private institution Dearest works at for green initiatives, but it is Georgia – so I am impressed. I hope to see more of these around campus.