You’ve heard the reports. I’ve heard the reports. Plastic may be bad for you.
I resisted the change at first – I liked my old Nalgene bottle that’s been with me for ages. It was the perfect size, I knew how to handle it, and… well, we had developed memories together.
But health comes first, so I decided it was time to move on. I had tried aluminum bottles, but don’t like the idea of putting aluminum in my body any more than I liked the idea of putting plastic there and besides – the water just tasted nasty. A steel bottle it would have to be.
First attempt: Pura
My first steel bottle was from Pura. I was really excited about this bottle and had high hopes for it! I loved the idea of having a steel lid – if I’m trying to avoid plastic it seemed silly to have a steel bottle, but then a plastic lid. The lid was a bit difficult to get on and off, but it was certainly doable.
The first thing I noticed was that there was no easy way to carry the bottle. No loop to slip my finger through. I resigned myself to the idea of actually holding the bottle and figured I could live with that.
But then I noticed my backpack was wet. Really wet. And that’s when I discovered the bottle leaks. A lot. Occasionally I will get the lid on just right so that it seals properly, but more often than not, it leaks. And that made it so that I couldn’t rely on it.
If you are one of “those people” – the people who somehow manage to keep things organized and can keep the bottle upright, this is probably a good bottle for you. I do love the steel lid, but I can’t have a bottle that I can’t throw in my pannier or backpack or on the seat in my car. I am just not that organized.
Second attempt: Mizu
I moved on to a Mizu bottle. It was purdy. Seriously – the powder blue color was absolutely lovely. I knew the paint would scrape off in time, but I loved the pretty blue.
And, although the lid was plastic, I figured I could deal with that. It was cute how they had their logo built into the lid and I thought that was a nice touch. Until I went hiking.
I slipped my finger in the hole of the lid and headed out for a four-mile hike. Within a mile, my finger was screaming at me. As it happens, the waterdrop-shaped hole in the lid looks really cool, but it starts to cut into your finger way too quickly. Maybe their neat-looking lid wasn’t such a great idea after all.
Still, I could deal with that. I figured I could loop some sort of ribbon through the loop and carry it that way – until it fell to the floor. It rolled off a bench and smashed to the ground and my kefir spilled all over the floor. Turns out the bottle isn’t all that strong after all – there was inch-long split along the seam on the bottom of the bottle.
So… that was disappointing. Two bottles down. Would I ever find the perfect bottle?
Third attempt: Earthlust
My next attempt was a gorgeous blue bottle from EarthLust. It was seriously pretty with gorgeous flowers on it.
It came with a plastic lid, which I wasn’t thrilled with, but had resigned myself to having to live with. And the lid had a normal hole in it for my finger. It even came with a ring and carabiner to make it easy to hang on something.
As with all steel bottles, the water tasted great and I was hopeful that I had found the bottle that would serve me well for years…
…until I lost it. (Notice how I don’t have pics of this one? That’s a stock pic up there.)