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4 Green Reusable Water Bottles Standing on the Wall

4 Green Reusable Water Bottles Standing on the Wall

We throw away 13 billion plastic bottles per year in the UK, recycling a mere 57%. Of these billions of bottles, the average person discards 150 water bottles. One. Hundred. And. Fifty. The small step of changing to a reusable water bottle will significantly improve your environmental impact.

Before rounding up some reusable solutions, I have a confession to make. A few years ago in my bid to reduce my use of plastic water bottles – not for the environment, but for my health after going down a BPA and PET wormhole of fear – I ordered a bright yellow stainless steel water bottle with a beautiful dragonfly motif. The bottle arrived in an enormous box – wrapped in miles and miles of plastic – nearly 4 weeks after I had placed the order. That is when it dawned on me that I had accidentally made the purchase from the USA and had done very little research into the company that manufactured or sold the bottle. The air miles the bottle had racked up, and the excessive packaging it had arrived in, had no doubt had a negative environmental impact. For that reason, all of the bottles recommended below come from UK distributors. It is difficult to find a UK manufacturer but we will update our recommendations if we find one.

Eco chat aside, if you’re going to be using a water bottle every day you want it to look good – we hope you like the designs too!

Here are our Top 4 Reusable Water Bottles:

Dot Hydration Tracker Water Bottle – Joseph Joseph

From the makers of the nesting bowls you see pop up on every wedding list comes a water bottle that will not only hold your water (essential criteria for any drinking vessel) but will also hold you accountable. The little dots on the lid indicate how many refills you have had prompting you to drink more. We wondered if this technology might also be applied to wine bottles but realised how futile that would be…

Eco-Friendly Glass Water Bottle – BlissCloud

BlissCloud are better known for their beautiful yoga mats, but their water bottles are pretty blissful too. An extra positive is that BlissCloud supports Karuna, a charity which works on education, gender equality and dignified livelihoods in India and Nepal.

Gold Stainless Steel Bottle – One Green Bottle 

Who wouldn’t want to drink out of a gold water bottle? King Midas I hear you say? Shirley Eaton? Well we do! Many other colours are available, but frankly you’d be a fool not to choose gold.

 Dark Blue Bottle – Retap

The Retap bottle is just a joy to hold – check out the lovely curvaceous shape. The bottle is made of borosilicate glass which is lightweight and sustainable. If you’re one of those people who dislikes drinking out of plastic bottles not just because it’s bad for the planet but also because it’s a little bit ylurgh then this is the reusable water bottle for you. (Disclaimer: I am unapologetically one of those people.)

Happy H2O-ing! Let us know what else you are doing for Plastic Free July!

Main photo by Steve Johnson



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