I'm officially a convert. My plastic water bottles are out, and my stainless steel Otterbottle is in.
I was pregnant with Maggie when the whole BPA panic started. Reluctant to throw out Frannie's tried-and-true plastic baby bottles, I did a lot of research to see what all the fuss was about, and found enough data to make me cough up the cost of a whole new set of BPA-free bottles and sippy cups. So, check, the kids were taken care of. How about the adults?
Lately I've been toting around reusable plastic water bottles, which are BPA-free. I've also been feeling proud of myself for filling them with tap water and therefore doing my part to save the environment. However, they're not exactly...attractive.
Enter the Otterbottle, brainwave of a Canadian mom just like me. I was sent a 750 ml bottle (they also come in 900 and 500 ml) in the Cherry Blossoms design shown below:
This bottle came to school with me every day after I received it. I got many compliments, and was impressed by the quality: no leaks or spills, and no funny taste. I also like the confidence of knowing it's 100% stainless steel, and that it's Canadian. When purchasing an Otterbottle, you're also supporting the David Suzuki foundation, which receives 3 percent of the proceeds, and all materials used are recycled. Plus, the prices are also very reasonable, around $20 depending on which size you choose.
Why "Otterbottle"? Founder Shannon Andrukow was looking for a name that represented something pure, healthy and Canadian...the otter, of course! Plus, it's a name you won't forget.