We have several BPA free reusable plastic sport bottles hanging around The Condo largely due to Husband getting them as promotional freebies in his 5K, 10K, and ½ marathon race packs. I’m not a big fan of these bottles because of the sport tops – it’s just too hard to drink water through them. Either I have to squeeze the plastic bottle and/or suck like a manic baby on the sport top to get the water to come out of the bottle. Even then I still don’t’ get a decent drink of water. In most cases, I just unscrew the sports top and drink straight from the bottle because I like to live dangerously.
Since I have some freebies and I generally not a fan of the reusable plastic water bottles we currently have, I’ve been slow to jump on the metal reusable water bottle bandwagon. Especially when I saw that some of those supposed-to-be-better-for-you-and-the- environment metal water bottles have plastic liners. So if you want me to ditch my current #2 plastic-but-bad–reusable-water-bottle for your metal-but-supposed-to-be-greener-but-lined-with- #2 plastic-reusable-water-bottle you had better offer me something that’s much better than what I currently have sitting in my cupboard.
Earthlust did just that. They make a naturally safe stainless steel water bottle that is not only unlined (no plastic in this reusable metal water bottle!) but uses non-toxic paints, and looks good.
I got to try an Earthlust water bottle and I’m hooked. First, I like that the Earthlust bottles are just plainer prettier to look at than some of those other reusable metal water bottles. In fact, some Earthlust designs are inspired by what the owner sees around her during walks with her child. I love that. I’m a total sucker for something that has both good design and an interesting back story.
Next, I like that Earthlust bottles come with a carabineer already attached to the bottle’s ring top so you can easily clip it to a belt loop or a backpack (it also fits nicely in my bikes’ water bottle holder.) I found this very handy while hanging out with Blitzkrieg at the dog park because our plastic water bottles don’t have any such thing. In addition, the neck of the Earthlust bottle is wide enough to easily pop a few ice cubes into the bottle and since the Earthlust bottle is made of stainless steel, the metal bottle keeps the water in it much colder than my current plastic sports bottles. Now I see why reusable metal water bottles are very popular even with the nongreen crowd.
However, the thing that really sent me over the moon is that the opening of the Earthlust bottle is just wide enough to drink out of but not too big to accidently splash water all over you while drinking from the bottle. I’ve ruined several computer keyboards that way when drinking out of a reusable plastic water bottle. Earthlust also let us try the optional sports top that got the thumbs up from both Husband the runner and myself. In fact, the Earthlust sports top is the only sports bottle top that I have used that actually lets me drink easily from it without needing to suck on the sport top like a furious infant.
So yes, I must confess that I’m in love with my Earthlust water bottle for not only its good looks but also its functionality and food safety.
Win an Earthlust Reusable Metal Water Bottle Contest *Closed*
I’m running a contest where you can win an Earthlust reusable stainless steel water bottle. The contest runs from November 3 and ends on November 9, 2008 (my birthday!)
How to Enter the Contest
Check out the stainless steel water bottle on the Earthlust website and leave a comment on my blog about which Earthlust water bottle design is your favorite.
You can get extra contest entries by:
1. Writing a post about my contest on your blog with a link back to Condo Blues.
2. Subscribe to the Condo Blues RSS feed.
3. Twitter about the contest with a link back to Condo Blues.
4. Put the Condo Blues button on the sidebar of your blog.
If you choose to use every method of entry, you have up to five chances to win! Just make sure that you leave a separate comment on my blog for each method of entry because I will use a random generator to select and notify the winner on November 10, 2008.
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FTC thingywhatisis: Earthlust supplied me with a free water bottle because I couldn't do the review without testing it, now could I? They did not pay me to say nice things about their product or to run this contest. I use my Earthlust bottle all the time when it's just me because I have a small one and wish I had a bigger one I like it so much.