WATER BOTTLE WONDERLAND!
I am happy to introduce Tiffany Cassanova (@TiffanysToyBox) as our guest writer today! She will continue our “Green-Up-Your-Kid’s-Lunch-Box” series moving us to the drink department! Remember the those “convenient” sugary drinks and juice boxes from the lunch time visit at my son’s pre-school? Buy juice in bulk, fill, use, wash, reuse = reduce and $ave!
I am so excited to be on the Super Glue Mom blog! Especially since Ms. Super Glue herself has started this super, fabulous “Green Up Your Kid’s Lunch” series which is totally up my alley as a mom and producer of an eco-friendly kids series teaching kiddies about going green!
As busy as I am, I still try to take steps towards living a waste free life, and instill the same qualities and awareness in my twin boys Tristin and Tyler and my hubby (who still needs a lot of work). One of the easiest ways to stop the waste is by using reusable bottles for the boys’ water! So instead of plastic water bottles, which would end up in a landfill forever, the boys use reusable stainless steel bottles to hold their water!
So, why did I call this post Water Bottle Wonderland? Well, there are so many options and features on these bottles that you may get a bit overwhelmed with choosing! So I am coming to the rescue to help you navigate these confusing waters (pun intended) in your search for the perfect kiddie, reusable water bottle!
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Before we get into specifics, the most important thing to note is that you should choose a bottle that does not contain materials made with Bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is a chemical used to manufacture plastic and it has been found to be harmful to the health of adults, but especially children as they are still developing. So greening up your kid’s lunch is helping the earth AND your child’s health, what’s better than that?
1. BRANDS – I don’t really care about brands too much, I think it’s all about what works for you. But SIGG is by far the leader in this industry, having been around since 1908. But there are some brands that are right behind Sigg, making some cool, eco-friendly strides in this arena – check out Klean Kanteen, Blue Q and Earth Lust.
2. COOL FACTOR – Just cause we are talking GREEN doesn’t mean you can’t talk cool at the same time. A lot of the manufacturers I mentioned have totally stepped up their cool factor. Check out Camelbak!
3. SIZE – Yes, we moms know, size does matter (forgive me, had to do it!). No one, especially kids, wants to carry around a huge clunky water container, it doesn’t matter how cool or green it is. Also, for the really little ones there are reusable sippy cups, they are so cute! Check out Klean Kanteen
One amazing innovation is foldable water bottles. Yes, before you bite my head off, there is some plastic involved but, the plastic used in these bottles (or at least most of them) are BPA free and these bottles contain 80% less plastic than regular bottles. So if you’ve got a really active child, you can’t beat the fact that you can fold thus water bottle up and put it in your pocket until the next refill. Oh, and get this: this water bottle can double as an ice pack! Us moms know how super important that is! Check out Platypus. Oh, and get this: this water bottle can double as an ice pack! Us moms know how super important that is!
5. SPECIAL FEATURES – Can you believe there is a water bottle that can filter the water? Yep, the innovations are absolutely endless! Check out Bobble and Water Geeks.
So as you can see, there are a lot of innovations and choices but I hope this post was a little light at the end of the water tunnel for you parents out there trying to do the best for the health of your kids and the earth and, let’s not forget, the coolness) of your kiddies.
Happy Water Bottle Hunting!
About Tiffany: Mommy, entertainment lawyer, wife and producer of a cool, eco-friendly kids series! You can follow her blog at http://tristinandtyler.com and her cute kids video series here. I also consider her my lost sister in NYC.