How to choose your next bottle


How to choose your next bottle

Choosing a bottle is not as simple as it seems: we give you 5 methods to evaluate it, from weight to material, to aesthetics.

Imagine longtime hikers laughing at us metropolitans as we prepare to read the thousandth article on how to choose a water bottle . They who used the bottle to hydrate themselves in unsuspecting times, while we, more urban and refined, replaced it with PET bottles. In fact, the water bottle was born and proliferated in the world of sport, as a portable and ready resource of liquids, both cold and hot. the bottle reduces unnecessary consumption of plasticToday it is the only long-lasting object that allows us to drink a lot during the day, following us in all our movements. A tool that can discourage the massive use of disposable plastic, that of water bottles: 8 billion a year, this is the number of bottles registered by Legambiente in a 2018 report for Italy, the first consumer in Europe. A consumption so driven as to be particularly harmful to the environment as well as impossible to justify. So the bottle seems to be right for us. To make your choice easier, there are several comparative articles online, with rankings and suggestions on one brand or another, with advicedetailed but sometimes contradictory about which bottle is the best for the quality / price ratio or the healthiest. Here, instead, we try to identify 5 parameters for a first approach to purchasing.

 

  1. The weight . If you decide to buy a water bottle, you must always carry it with you. By bike, in your hand, in your backpack, on public transport, in the office. The weight therefore becomes a factor that has a significant impact on the choice, because the bottle, even when full, must always be transportable and manageable. Speaking of capacity for daily and city consumption, we recommend wandering between 0.5 and 1 liter maximum. Especially in summer, the half liter may not be enough for you (as it would not be enough in a bottle that usually runs off in a handful of sips). Then choose those of 750 ml and up, without exceeding the sizes. The lightness depends not only on the content but also on the material: the lightest ones are usually those in plastic, the heaviest ones in steel.
  2. The material. The most controversial moment of the choice. After this step, the road will be all downhill. The most frequent materials with which the bottles are made are plastic, steel and aluminum. To a lesser extent also glass, which has the disadvantage of weight and fragility. These materials also include coatings that make them more practical or more elegant, such as bamboo or silicone, but which impact more on aesthetics than on substance. Also in this case the plastic, although durable, is denigrated for the possible release of toxic substances. The same goes for aluminum, light and comfortable, but guilty of giving an unpleasant taste and smell to the water in the long run. As for steel, thumbs up. The bottle made of this material will be particularly durable and safe even if slightly heavier than the aluminum one. Sometimes even in the price. Whichever material is chosen, we must ensure that it does not release harmful substances into liquids. Like Bisphenol A (BPA), which is present in some of the plastic models. We therefore recommend a careful reading of the characteristics of the desired product.
  3. The estate . This parameter is strongly influenced by the previous one, but also by the actual use of the container. First of all, if you plan to make numerous trips and subject the bottle to stress, make sure that the cap is completely airtight, which does not spill the contents in the bag or in the trunk of the scooter. Even better if connected directly to the bottle, so as not to risk losing it. Secondly, if long-lasting wear is desired, the bottle must be double-walled insulating. Thanks to the use of the double chamber, which creates a vacuum inside, this type of container can keep a drink hot for up to 12 hours and a cold one for up to 24 hours (some models go up to 48).
  4. The use. Depending on the intended use of the bottle, or more generally on the lifestyle of its owner, the choice can fall on one model or another. Camping bottles, for example, are usually much larger because they don’t need to be carried and weight becomes a minor factor. If the goal is to drink not only water but also infused beverages, you need to make sure a model that can contain a filter inside it. Finally, if you are looking for an experience that is not only ecological but also technological, you can range from models that light up or that notify us when it’s time to drink, according to our eating or sports habits. Self-cleaning water bottles, water bottles that connect to mobile phones, bluetooth speaker bottles with or without surround sound. We are only at the beginning of this little revolution,
  5. Aesthetics . Considering that this tool seriously risks accompanying us for the rest of our days, several times a day, it will be good to choose it carefully, also according to its design. Which is not only an aesthetic factor but also manageability, in case there is a hook or a handle to hold the container with one hand, or speed of use, if you think about the time it takes to open and close the cap. Here the choice becomes unlimited. We add that in addition to being able to range between infinite colors, designs and patterns, there is also the possibility of personalizing the casing with prints or engravings. It is no coincidence that several brands have taken the opportunity to make these products marketing tools for their own employees. Before it was the shopper, the canvas bag to go to the market, now it is the water bottle.

Treatment

Whether it is beautiful, easy to handle, light, elegant or refined, foldable or rigid, the bottle must always be kept with great care. For this, frequent washing is necessary , according to the instructions required by the chosen material, to prevent the creation of molds or microbes. Never leave the bottle in the sun , never neglect the cleaning of the cap or the neck, the part where we put our mouth most often. There are several accessories and creative solutions for the maintenance of our new friend. But above all: never leave the bottle at home. Once you get used to it, it will seem as essential to you as your wallet or mobile phone. And the environment will thank you.


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