Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Becoming eco-fashionably hydrated

Bottled water has been my main source of hydration since I was a wee little bit, and I don't think there has ever been a time in my life that I've favored tap water over a 16 ounce Arrowhead Springs. Yet, these convenient packaged sets of water are terrible harmful to the environment: wasting a large amount of plastic and glass, costing a fortune to recycle, and wasting an indecent amount of oil to transport around the world.
So, in the spirit of the "I'm not a plastic bag" bags by Anya Hindmarch, I'm going to take it one step further and make sure the water in my canvas grocery bag isn't prepackaged.
Water bottles that are durable, stylish, and eco-friendly are surprisingly easy to find:
SIGG water bottles are my favorite; they're seamlessly made from a pure aluminum but won't leave an aftertaste at all. Even though they're made of metal, they're just just as light as any plastic bottle their size. Plus, they come in these fabulously chic styles, and more! They can be found on Amazon and in Whole Foods; I've got to stop by my neighborhood Whole Foods soon. Sigh, I just went there, and they only have the little kiddie bottles.Nalgene bottles are also favorites of mine, and are great alternatives to SIGG if you don't want an aluminum bottle. They're made of super-durable plastic and come in so many colors and designs that you're bound to find one that suits your lifestyle. They can be found on Amazon and on their online store. Edit: a kind reader just alerted me that Nalgene plastics (and plastics in general) that are rewashed and reused release a harmful chemical. According to the Nalgene website, the white and natural colored bottles are made of a safer plastic, in case you're still keen on them. This gives me another excuse to buy the pricier SIGG bottles *wink*.
Some tips for reusable water bottles:
  • Scrub the insides frequently to prevent build up of bacteria (buy a bottle brush if you must).
  • Always fill the water bottle with filtered tap water, or with one of those water dispensers at least.
And because being hydrated is so important to having a good day and looking great, I found some great hydration tips that I'll keep in mind when class starts.
I'm so excited to get one of these bottles; so much more stylish and environmentally-friendly than a Poland Springs bottle, right? I barely drink a glass of a water everyday, so hopefully this will be an incentive to start getting hydrated and healthy.

Miss Couturable
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