August 16th, 2010 BY slowbuddha |
One of the first, most basic steps to living a more environmentally conscious lifestyle is to stop buying individually bottled drinks, particularly bottled water. Of course I am all for the push toward reusable bottles, SIGG and Nalgene have been leading the way for decades, but recently it has turned into another pop culture craze rather than a socio-economic movement. What I mean is that when an environmentally responsible behavior (hard plastic and metal water bottles) becomes popular (a trend rather than choice) it is likely to create a new source of waste (over produced and underutilized as eco-converts buy every style of bottle to fit their fancy) once the phase has run its course.
My own cynicism withstanding, the bamboo water bottle is a really cool idea. At first it looks like just another easy sell to the well-meaning but ill-informed with a disposable income, but the innovative design and materials make the Bamboo Bottle much more. The bamboo is actually just a housing for the glass bottle inside. Of course there is no better material for storing liquids, hot or cold, than glass, but a glass bottle always runs that little risk of shattering into a thousand skin piercing pieces. The bamboo case is tough and doubles as an insulator, keeping cold drinks cold and hot drinks from burning your hand.
One pitfall is certainly that this bottle is heavy. The company doesn’t actually report the weight on their website, but being made out of wood and glass is certainly going to make the Bamboo Bottle heftier than your average plastic bottle. If you are willing to sacrifice a light-weight material for this environmentally friendly dual thermal mug and water bottle, then the Bamboo Bottle is perfect for you.