I’ve had the opportunity to drink from many a reusable water bottle. It’s not because of my PhD in gear reviewing earned here at Climberism University, but instead my penchant for losing every one I get my hands on. Left a bottle at a crag? Check. On a bus in Nicaragua? Check. At my friend’s house who claims he never found it (liar)? Check. Disappeared into the ether? Check.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to lose these things. Reusable water bottles are common sense. I scoff at those lesser human beings strapped to their Poland Spring plastic bottle or paying out the nose for some ancient spring water (which often times is just filtered city water). Plastic water bottles are really friggin’ dumb! Americans buy half a million of them every week and the oil used to produce all those bottles is enough to fuel 100,000 cars for a years. Then, there’s the fact that plastic never biodegrades. Water bottles generate 1.5 million tons of plastic trash per year. Convinced yet? Looking for a new, reusable bottle?
Well, the good folks at Bamboo Bottle Company, based in Portsmouth, NH gave us the opportunity to test out their Bamboo Bottle. It is definitely unlike any other reusable bottle I’ve used. The core is made of 51% recycled glass, surrounded by a bamboo shell and capped on top and bottom with BPA-free plastic. The choice of bamboo not only gives the bottle a funky look, but is also based on environmental reasons: bamboo releases 35% more oxygen than an equivalent strand of trees and the harvesting of it doesn’t require clear-cutting or the disturbance of ecosystems–you mow it like grass!
The combination of glass and bamboo did a decent job keeping our drinks cold and warm, and has the capacity to hold 17 fluid ounces. It’s not burly like our heavy duty thermos, but good enough to keep your morning coffee warm for a couple hours. The glass interior also gives your drinks a solid taste–no metallic or plastic flavor. The Bamboo Bottles are a relatively new offering to the market, so when we got ours there was only the screw-off top, but they’ve now added a flip top. The weight of the bottle is the most obvious drawback–definitely not something you’d bring with you on your next foray of the Cilley-Barber, but good for the office or your car. The biggest problem we found was that you need to be careful when screwing on the top. If you’re not careful, you could cross-thread and find a bunch of water/coffee/kool-aid in your bag, although this is true for most reusable bottles.
All in all, the Bamboo Bottle Company has an innovative product here. They’re committed to sustainability and their Bamboo Bottle shows that. It’s versatile and holds a lot of liquid, but there are some kinks to be ironed out–mainly making it easier to know if your cap is secured tightly or cr0ss-threaded.
You can buy your Bamboo Bottle for $25 at www.bamboobottleco.com.