Bamboo Bottle Company

Posted on July 4, 2011 by NPW

After the big BPA scare of aught nine I decided to switch from using my Nalgene bottle, just to be on the safe side. Normally I’m not one to throw away perfectly good water bottles willy-nilly just because I heard that something might possibly be not the healthiest. At least, not without reading the research for myself. But since my Nalgene had a broken strap and I had been dragging it along with me everywhere for the past four years I decided it was time to look into other options- especially since buying bottled water was on the top of my not-to-do list.

But what water bottle should I get instead? I loved the durability of my Nalgene. Unbreakable! Lasts forever! I searched high and low for one I thought would be a suitable replacement. I settled on a metal Sigg bottle, which worked fine but immediately got dented and scratched and couldn’t keep anything warm for longer than an hour. Still, I stuck with it, since I didn’t want to abandon a perfectly good bottle.

Then the Bamboo Bottle Company sent me a sample of their new water bottle. It’s sleek, keeps things both cool and warm, and is made from bamboo, which is one of the Earth’s most easily replenishable resources. Did you know that in the time it takes an average person to run a 5K, bamboo can grow an inch? Plus, bamboo has all these other awesome attributes:

  • Bamboo replenishes the environment and the air we breathe. Bamboo releases 35% more oxygen than equivalent strands of trees. And it can sequester up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide from the air per hectare. (Bamboo really does help fight global warming!)
  • Harvesting bamboo does not destroy its root system, meaning there is no topsoil erosion or run-off.
  • Harvesting of bamboo minimally impacts the wildlife, compared to hardwood “logging,” where big machinery tears the land apart.

And since I love being stylish as much as I love being earth-friendly, I feel great toting this water bottle to my yoga classes.

A few things I do feel I should note: first, the bottle is heavy. It is made out of bamboo, which is light, but the inside is glass and the top and bottom are plastic. Second, they only have the one version for sale right now, and it does not hold as much water as my big Nalgene or Sigg bottles did, so I fill it more often. And lastly, I have not tried any kind of drop test on it to see how the glass would react to an impact. Being the clumsy girl I am, I’m sure that will happen sooner rather than later, but for now I’m going to try to keep it firmly in my grasp.

Still, the message of the Bamboo Bottle Company is one I can get behind, and that’s pretty important. What water bottles have you been using?

7 Comments +

  1. Cool. I love that it can be used for hot or cold drinks. My Klean Kanteen isn’t suited for hot liquids, so I need a separate thermos when I want to tote hot chai or the like. My Klean Kanteen also isn’t any good at insulating to keep cold water cold. This glass + bamboo configuration seems like an intriguing alternative.

    July 4th, 2011 at 11:00 am
    Comment by Stefanie
  2. Cute! I have a metal Sigg bottle (for which I bought a neoprene sleeve that helps keep things warm/cool). But I love this bamboo style.

    Bamboo really grows an inch in the time it takes to run a 5K? Granted, it takes me a WHILE to run that far, but still impressive!

    July 4th, 2011 at 12:38 pm
    Comment by courtney
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  5. I currently have three Klean Kanteen bottles. A 27oz for daily use, a 20oz insulated which does a GREAT job, and a 40oz for longer trips. They make a 12oz sippy that my friend’s baby will be getting.
    Yes, they do dent, but they’ll last forever. I thought about getting a Sigg but the Klean Kanteen has a wide mouth (easy to clean & add ice) and is unlined stainless steel – which means you can put ANYthing in it, and forget it, and the bottle will be fine (may need scrubbing).

    I would like that bamboo bottle if it had a metal lid. I don’t understand why spagetti sauce & bottled tea can use a metal lid but water bottles can’t.

    July 8th, 2011 at 6:40 pm
    Comment by Melissa
  6. This is a good idea minus the following CONS

    1) Expensive
    2) Tiny liquid capacity
    3) Is the plastic on the cap/bottom etc. BPA free?
    4) How is it “green” to have so many different types of materials in one product? Who would take the time to sort those materials out and properly dispose of them when they are finished with the product?
    5) I would assume one minor drop/knock on this thing would render it useless (if not shattered glass, then cracked and thus unsafe to drink from)

    July 10th, 2011 at 4:59 pm
    Comment by Tony Rondo
  7. My husband and I use our local Freecycle group to get the glass drink bottles (from drinks like Fuze. etc. with metal lids) that people would normally throw away or at best recycle. We use them as water bottles and have lots of them. I have dropped one once when carrying a lot of stuff, and then we’ve had one crack in the dishwasher once. But that’s it in the span if nearly 3 years I’ve been doing this. Works for us.

    January 21st, 2012 at 3:42 pm
    Comment by Rachael

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