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Oct. 9th, 2008 | 10:44 am
posted by: glueandglitter in frugalgreen

I hope this is OK to post here. Here is a link to an article I wrote about the New American Dream's anti-bottled water pledge. They want you to break the bottled water habit! I thought it fit in this community, since bottled water costs so much more than tap - refilling a reusable bottle is 1000 times less expensive than buying bottled water at the store! Yikes.

My hubby recently got me a Sigg bottle for our anniversary, and I love it! I'll admit that my shallow side really enjoyed picking out a pretty design, but I also love having a pretty, safe bottle to bring with me on the train and whatnot. Do you guys have reusable bottles that you just love?

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Biston Betularia

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from: pepperedmoth
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
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Totally okay to post here!

I have a Sigg, too. I was losing Nalgene bottles left and right, and I thought that spending a little extra money on my water bottle would keep me from losing track of it so wantonly. And it has worked! I have had this bottle for three years now, and still going strong.

My university gives out little stickers that say "one less bottle!" and "one less cup" for folks to put on their reusable coffee mugs and water bottles. It's a cool idea. Given my photo-blogging obsession, I could even take a picture of one later . . .

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glueandglitter

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from: glueandglitter
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
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Oh man, what a great idea!! Do you know if those stickers came from a certain company, or are they done custom for your school?

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Biston Betularia

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from: pepperedmoth
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
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They were made for my university custom. :-( But I bet you could have 'em made pretty cheap!

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julie-puss

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from: joyful_grrrl
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
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i have a metal bottle (not sure what brand) that i try to always grab before class or student teaching! i got it on sale at the co-op for about $10 and i can't imagine how many last-minute bottle of water purchases it's saved me. for $1.25 a pop at school, i started saving money after not buying 8 bottles.

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glueandglitter

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from: glueandglitter
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
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I love a metal bottle! Dave got me the Sigg because he had been reading all of this scary stuff about plastic leaching into the water from a lot of plastic bottles.

Man, I bet you started saving pretty fast.

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jymdyer

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from: jymdyer
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
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=v= I bike, and I've never liked the plastic water bottles sold for bikes. I found an old enamel-lined aluminum bike water bottle, but once the aluminum gets dented, the enamel chips. I discovered Sigg when biking through Ireland, and though it fits perfectly in a bike water bottle cage, the mouth is very narrow and hard to clean.

These days Siggs are generally available in the U.S. and they even sell pipecleaner-like brushes to clean them with. Look carefully, though; there are lower-quality knockoffs made in China.

Kleen Kanteen is a relative newcomer: sized for water bottle cages, stainless steel, and with a wide mouth.

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from: glueandglitter
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
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ooh I'd never heard of Kleen Kanteen! I should totally look for that one...at the moment I have a plastic bottle for my bike.

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Just Amy

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from: autosparta
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
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I got my aluminum water bottle for 8.50 or something, and while it isn't as cool looking as the sigg (I wish it were) it does the job. I kinda miss the Nalgenes but stopped using the due to their water leeching ness.

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glueandglitter

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from: glueandglitter
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
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There was a commenter above that was talking about stickers her school gave out for reusable bottles! Maybe that could dress yours up! If I hadn't gotten the Sigg as a gift, I'd probabaly have gone for a bargain, too.

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Elizabeth

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from: lizzistardust
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
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We have a few reusable bottles and I love them. Part of what I like about having a reusable bottle is that I can pour whatever the heck I want in there. If I don't want plain water or one of those shake-em-up flavors, I can pour in some ice tea, juice, or whatever.

The only time we get the disposables now is when we go on long camping trips. We freeze most of them before putting them in the cooler, which means we don't have to waste much cooler space on loose ice. I've been thinking about trying to cut this out by getting a couple water jugs and freezing one of them for the same effect. The right kind of jugs can be reusable, too.

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glueandglitter

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from: glueandglitter
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
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Aw, cool! Tea is an awesome idea! It would feel so decadent to sip some iced green tea on the way to work instead of plain ol water.

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BruiseBlue

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from: bruiseblue
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
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How do you clean a Sigg bottle? I can't even get my bottle brush into it's tiny opening...

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glueandglitter

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from: glueandglitter
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
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To be honest, I haven't had it for very long, so that hasn't come up yet!

I took a peek at the site, and it sounds like hot water and soap will do it, or baking soda and vinegar. They do advise against using a hard bottle brush to clean it: http://www.mysigg.com/index.asp?ID=5&PageAction=Custom#What%27s%20the%20best%20way%20to%20clean%20my%20SIGG?

I wonder if there is an alternative to that Sigg brush?

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BruiseBlue

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from: bruiseblue
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
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I prefer wide top bottles, for cleaning. That's why I haven't got a sigg bottle yet.

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glueandglitter

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from: glueandglitter
date: Oct. 10th, 2008 11:09 am (UTC)
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Oooh I used to have to do that in college in Gainesville, FL! The water there tasted just awful.

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Vastatuuli

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from: vastatuuli
date: Oct. 10th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
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I reuse normal plastic bottles (I know, sooo toxic...) when I do buy bottled water, which is very rare. Now. Where can I get a Sigg? : D I'm in northern Europe and have never even heard of the brand before...

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glueandglitter

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from: glueandglitter
date: Oct. 10th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
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It looks like they have them available all over! On the site, there's a place where you can find retailers in your region:

http://sigg.com/index.php?id=5

Hurrah!

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Vastatuuli

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from: vastatuuli
date: Oct. 10th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Ah, great! Thanks for the link!

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