I’m officially a convert. My plastic water bottles are out, and my stainless steel Otterbottle is in.

I was pregnant with Maggie when the whole BPA panic started. Reluctant to throw out Frannie’s tried-and-true plastic baby bottles, I did a lot of research to see what all the fuss was about, and found enough data to make me cough up the cost of a whole new set of BPA-free bottles and sippy cups. So, check, the kids were taken care of. How about the adults?

Lately I’ve been toting around reusable plastic water bottles, which are BPA-free. I’ve also been feeling proud of myself for filling them with tap water and therefore doing my part to save the environment. However, they’re not exactly…attractive.

Enter the Otterbottle, brainwave of a Canadian mom just like me. I was sent a 750 ml bottle (they also come in 900 and 500 ml) in the Cherry Blossoms design shown below:

This bottle came to school with me every day after I received it. I got many compliments, and was impressed by the quality: no leaks or spills, and no funny taste. I also like the confidence of knowing it’s 100% stainless steel, and that it’s Canadian. When purchasing an Otterbottle, you’re also supporting the David Suzuki foundation, which receives 3 percent of the proceeds, and all materials used are recycled. Plus, the prices are also very reasonable, around $20 depending on which size you choose.

Why “Otterbottle”? Founder Shannon Andrukow was looking for a name that represented something pure, healthy and Canadian…the otter, of course! Plus, it’s a name you won’t forget.

As for the style, there are many designs to choose from, so you should check out the Otterbottle website to see what appeals to you. (They are also sold in more than 40 stores across Canada.) Reusable water bottles make a terrific gift, and are also a nice back-to-school idea, whether you have a little one starting school for the first time, or a big kid heading off to college or university. (I know I allow my students to keep water bottles on their desks to sip from as necessary. There’s research out there to support that too – and Otterbottles look much cooler than the less-friendly-came-out-of-the-24-pack plastic ones.)
The website also offers Enviro Habits, and BPA and Water Bottle facts like this one:
“The UN estimates that it would cost about $30 billion to provide everyone in the world with clean drinking water. Last year, $100 billion was spent on bottled water worldwide.” Hmm.

I have to admit that I have a long way to go in terms of making my environmental contribution, but when being eco-friendly looks this good, how can I refuse?
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free Otterbottle, as described above, for review purposes. Opinions are, as always, my own.

4 comments on “No More Water Bottles…Check Out Otterbottles!”

  1. Awesome! I wish I'd known about these sooner… otters are my favourite animal! I have a stainless steel bottle from Klean Kanteen… which is quite functional but not quite as pretty. The BPA thing is quite scary, we discussed it at length in a reproduction class I took last year. It just seems like such a task to get rid of all these endocrine disruptors… I guess we should just do the best we can!

  2. Our entire family moved to stainless water bottles about 2 years ago and we think it is great. We have used the Klean Kanteen's (original ones were just plain stainless but the newer ones are coated in different colours and you can get sippy cup ends for babies) I love the designs of the otterbottles and love the fact that they are giving back to the David Suzuki fund but if you are looking for a cheaper option Canadian Tire has a stainless steel bottle, 750ml BIOS H2O waterbottle on sale this week for $4.99. They have lots of pretty designs and are made of the same grade of stainless as the other bottles I have tried. The ends look identical to the Kleen Kanteen ends and are interchangable. I went out and purchased 2 of them yesterday to give them a try. If we have any troubles with it you can take them back to Canadian Tire as they carry a 1 year warranty.

  3. I love the water bottle you got! Such a pretty design. I've really been trying lately to use reusable water bottles rather disposable ones. I have lots of reusable water bottles so I have no excuse!

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