20 posts categorized "Reusable Bottles"

March 03, 2011

EWG's 2011 Bottled Water Score Card

http://www.startalie.com Still buying bottled water? Check out how your brand stacks up. According to a study by the Environmental Working Group, there are some questions you should ask before shelling out up to 1,900 times more for bottled water than tap water.

  1. Where does the water come from?
  2. Is it purified? How?
  3. Have tests found any contaminants?

According to their study, among the ten top-selling brands, nine (Aquafina, Dasani, Crystal Geyser and 6 of 7 Nestle brands) don't answer at least one of those questions.

Why are these companies so hush-hush about something as simple as water?

"Bottled water companies enjoying this massive commercial success may suspect that their customers would turn away if they knew that most of them draw their product from municipal tap water (BMC 2010, Food and Water Watch 2010), or that the plastics used to make the bottles can be laced with chemical additives that leach into the water (EWG 2008)." - EWG Bottled Water Score Card

With Canada's Bottled Water Free Day just around the corner (March 10th) this is a great time to take the pledge to say NO to bottled water. Filter your own tap water at home, or use a filtering bottle - you'll save money and resources in the process.

For more facts about plastic bottles click here, and check out our selection of safe, reusable water bottles here



December 07, 2010

Top Gifts for Him

The idea that guys aren't into helping the environment is as old fashioned as using plastic bags. In fact, our company was founded by a guy, and all of our products tested by the men behind the scenes here at reuseit.

Here you'll find our Top Five Picks for Him. Check out the links below for even more ideas!

  1. Reuseit™ Workhorse & EarthTote – finding reusable bags is tough, these are sleek, low-profile shoppings bag guys will actually use
  2. Platypus SoftBottle 1.0L – when this bottle is empty, you can just roll it up and store it just about anywhere
  3. Egear Solar Flashlight – smart design allows you to recharge two ways – with sunlight, or a pull-chord
  4. Reuseit™ 100% Made in USA insulated 6 Pack Lunch Bag – insulated lunch bag with a unique top-load design
  5. Thermos King 16oz SS Food Jar with Spoon – great for soups, stews, chili,  fresh fruit and more

And now here's Natalie (who is not a guy, but is married to a pretty manly one) to tell you about more of our top picks:

Need more advice? Check out our Reusables for Real Men guide featuring picks from the men on staff as well as proven customer favorites. Also check out our Top Picks for Him here and the whole Gifts for Him Gift Center here!

December 01, 2010

Top Gifts for the Coffee & Tea Lover

It's no secret that we are a bunch of coffee and tea lovers around here. After all, we are the people who brought you the Waste-free Starbucks Survival Guide. For this reason, we feel well-qualified in presenting you with our gift picks for the coffee and tea lovers in your life.

Here you'll find our Top Five Gift Picks for the Coffee & Tea Lover. Check out the links below for even more ideas!

  1. Reusable coffee & tea filters by swissgold - cut back on paper filters and paper coffee cups with this array of reusable gold coffee and tea filters - including a single-serve coffee filter for the freshest cup possible with no waste
  2. Aquaovo Double Wall Glass Water Bottle with Tea Filter - double-wall construction keeps drinks hot or cold without getting sweaty or hot to the touch
  3. Klean Kanteen Insulated Wide 20oz bottle with Café Cap - vacuum insulation keeps drinks hot or cold for hours, making it the perfect choice for coffee, soups and more
  4. "I Am Not A Paper Cup" – clever replacement for disposable paper cups
  5. “We Are Happy To Serve You” New York City Coffee Mug - a symbolic conversation piece to get people talking about the wisdom of reusables

And now here's Natalie to tell you a little more about our picks:

Check out our Top Ten Picks for the Coffee & Tea Lover here and the whole Coffee & Tea Lovers Gift Center here!

October 20, 2010

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October 14, 2010

Scratched, dented and proud - why we love our beat up bottles

Finalbottle We first brought the bottled water issue to national attention in 2003 - waking people up to the mindless over-consumption of “use & toss” water bottles while promoting the wisdom of high-quality reusables as an important part of the solution. In the years since, we've put our own reusable bottles through the ringer - their scratched paint and dented bodies a testament to the years of use each one has stood up to.

Scraped paint from our bike racks, dents and dings from crashing around inside our backpacks, faded stickers and even chewed up caps. They aren't always pretty, but they've replaced thousands of disposable plastic water bottles in their lifetimes, and they'll be around to replace thousands more.

From safe plastic to aluminum to stainless steel bottles, reusable bottles help to reduce wasteful consumption of disposable beverage bottles. They save us  money while saving precious natural resources by cutting down on the trillions of cans and bottles trashed each year.

15% Off Our Entire Water Bottle Selection

It's time to kick the bottled water habit - or help someone you know say no to disposable beverage bottles. We're celebrating the launch of our new site by offering 15% off all water bottles (even sale bottles) when you enter the code BOTTLES15 at check out. Act fast, quantities are limited on already discounted water bottles, and the coupon expires 10.17.10, midnight CST.

May 24, 2010

Reuseit Products on NBC Chicago

We were thrilled to see some of our products featured on this segment starring Allison Shaewitz, Chicago's Green Girl!

April 21, 2010

Earth Day Tips for Kids - a video to share

Recently one of our staffer's moms, a 2nd grade teacher, asked us to make a video she could share with her class on Earth Day. Her 8 year olds were curious - is there anything kids can do to cut back on waste and clean up the planet?

We compiled our best ideas into this video - and we hope the 2nd graders see that it only takes a few small changes to make a big difference.

Want to spread the word about reusables? Send this video to your kids' teachers. Share it on Twitter and Facebook and together we can change wasteful habits!

April 15, 2010

The Story of Bottled Water

Another great film from Annie Leonard - this time she takes on bottled water. The Story of Bottled Water shows us what a serious issue this wasteful habit really is - and that we can each make simple changes in our lifestyles to eradicate this problem.

March 18, 2010

Tapped: Spread the word about the world water crisis

The Tapped DVD goes on sale this Monday, March 22nd just in time for World Water Day. Because the movie's producers are taking on some of the media's biggest advertisers (Nestle, Coke and Pepsi) they're having a hard time getting the word out about the film's release. In fact, one talk show host was recently banned from talking about the film because Pepsi is her largest advertiser.

If you've seen Tapped, you know that bottled water issue is more than just a waste issue - it touches on the world water crisis, the fact that chemical companies tamper with the products we buy and the social injustice that effects minority communities across America. 

So what can you do?  Help get the word out about Tapped. Check out their website for Get off the Bottle Tour dates and follow the team as they travel across country to collect pledges from people to reduce their bottled water use. Bring your empty disposables and they'll even trade you for a Klean Kanteen. The site will be updated daily once World Water Day kicks off - so share the info and videos you find there with your friends and family!

You can pledge to Get off the Bottle here and become a fan of the Get Off the Bottle Facebook page for more ways to spread the word.

(The movie will also be available for download on iTunes and VOD beginning April 1st - packaging free!)

Check out the trailer, check out the film, and tell everyone you know to Get Off the Bottle!And be sure to follow us on Twitter and become a fan of our Facebook page for a really special World Water Day offer.

January 12, 2010

Is your tap water safe?

Tap-water According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), 315 pollutants have been found in American tap water since 2004. Of these contaminants, 49 were found in one place or another at levels above government guidelines - which means sketchy drinking water for 53.6 million Americans.

The study also states that water utilities spends 19 times more on water treatment chemicals a year than the federal government spends trying to prevent pollution in lakes and rivers in the first place. 

The EWG compiled their data into a user-friendly interactive resource that covers 48,000 communities in 45 states and Washington DC. You can look for your city's ratings here.

Chicago, our hometown, was rated number 34. With 15 pollutants found, our top concern is combined radium, which is usually found around uranium deposits. So are we turning to bottled water? No. Many bottled waters are tapped from a municipal source, so they're subject to the same pollutants as what comes out of your tap at home.

The EWG recommends deciding what is most important to you - a decent filter at a decent price, removing as many contaminants as possible, or removing a specific contaminant - and investing in a water filter. Check out their handy water filter buying guide if your city isn't rated as high on the list as you would have liked.