My move away from single-use plastic in 2007 has been a continued work in progress. I started with the most-used items like straws and bottles – opting for a stainless steel canteen because portable glass bottle options (for adults, at least) weren’t easily available.
For at-home drinking I started recycling large glass jars, using them for drinking water and smoothies. I also changed out my food storage containers to oven safe glass with airtight tops. I was pleased with my progress and felt like we were consistently doing our best when we were able to make environment-conscious choices.
And then last year I was given a popular glass water bottle with a straw top for the holidays. And it appeared things had come full circle because this bottle should have been the answer to what started the whole effort.
But it wasn’t.
So when I was pulling together the FitGift Holiday Guide and connected with the team at U•Konserve, I was curious to learn if their take on a daily-use glass bottle would be the final answer. But first, a short break to share some of their back story…
U•Konserve’s Message In A Glass Bottle
U•Konserve was created a little over six years ago by two moms who were fed up with the waste they saw in their kids’ school lunchroom. (Believe it or not a child produces 67 lbs of lunch trash/year!)
They wanted to set an example of conservation not only for their families, but also to provide all families with easy ways to cut down on their personal waste. Today the line includes food-grade stainless steel, bamboo, reusable plastic bags and wraps and the new glass/silicone collection. All products are PVC, Lead, Phthalates and BPA free.
How Does U•Konserve Stack Up To Competitors?
And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming: How does the U•Konserve glass bottle compare to the incumbent glass bottle? Like any head-to-head comparison, the claims were the same.
“The new U•Konserve Glass Bottle with Silicone Sleeve is a leak-proof bottle with silicone sleeve for comfortable gripping and cushion from breakage. Smaller opening is perfect for drinking on the go.”
And having already been taken in by the incumbent’s claims when the U•Konserve bottle arrived, I was a little apprehensive.
When I opened the box, I noticed that glass appeared thinner than the incumbent’s bottle and I wasn’t sure that the food-grade silicone top would be secure enough. So I did what any good “quality analyst” would do and I tested everything in an attempt to make it fail.
My test scripts was as follows:
- I filled the bottle with water, turned it completely upside down. Then, I watched to see how much it leaked (none) and if the stopper would come out completely (it didn’t).
- I put the bottle on the carpet and knocked it on its side to see if it leaked. (Nope.)
- I took it in the car, on a walk, and to the gym to see how difficult it was to drink from in a variety of situations.
- I filled and refilled it (using our filtered water from the fridge) to see how easy it was to hold in one hand.
- I ran it through the dishwasher.
The only thing I didn’t do was purposely knock it off the counter to see if it would break because, well, that’s just plain mean. Not to mention, I had already fallen slightly in love with the bottle. The tapered mouth makes it very easy to drink from and I found I was putting away the 20 oz of water very quickly so it helps maintain good hydration as we move into a very dry Fall/Winter here in California.
I carry it with me everywhere – throughout the house, in the car, to the park – you name it. It’s very easy to hold because of the bottle’s diameter so you can even go for a longer walk with it if you’d like.
Within several days, all of my concerns were forgotten. I replaced my old stainless steel canteen with the U•Konserve bottle and I haven’t looked back. The U•Konserve bottle will hold the place of hydration honor in my house for a long time!
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