My Next Water Bottle (Sans Plastic!)

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Beauty without plastic (src)

A quick search for “plastic free water bottle” on Google reveals little to get excited about: a lot of Stanley BPA-free bottles, some stainless steel bottles with plastic lids, and various other assortments and combinations of the words for those trying to live the green live and ditch 5,000 Nestle bottled waters in our recycling. Even though most plastic used in water bottles now is BPA-free, I’m still skeptical of plastic in general: its production is intensive (see why), and plastic can typically only be downcycled – that is, a plastic water bottle can’t be melted and made back into another one without some serious additional materials. Plus, the plethora of health concerns about chemicals leaching into food. Plastic just seems…unnatural. And I know that’s a loaded word, but so be it. I want a truly plastic free water bottle – and I just found it!

Klean Kanteen, best known for their own version of the BPA-free water bottle, has finally come up with a way to remove all plastic from the multi-use water bottle. Called the Klean Kanteen Reflect, the bottle has just three materials:

The Reflect is crafted using just sustainably harvested bamboo, food-grade silicone and stainless steel. Beautiful in its simplicity and deliberate in its design, what you don’t see on the Reflect is as important as what you do. No paint. No plastic. Just three materials united to create the ultimate expression of our ongoing crusade to change the way people think and drink.

And really, changing the way people think is what it’s all about. While the bottle isn’t available yet (they claim March 2011), you can sign up to be notified here. I’ve held off on buying a Nalgene, Stanley, or any of those for a long time, partly because I tend to lose every bottle I buy, but this one I’m gonna hold on to tight!

Klean Kanteen has a great page of their own on plastics, and for more info on how to break the plastic habit, see this blog post of the same name.