Author: Wallace Thompson

Finding the Best Water Bottle

I have grown up playing many sports and I have always used water bottles. I have travelled all over the world, lived in many countries, done extensive day trips and always used water bottles.

I’ve used good water bottles and seriously bad ones too. I have had favourites and then had favourites overtaken my favourites. At the end of the day, water is the best drink on earth and a great water bottle is essential, especially when travelling.

Some might think I am crazy, possibly a little obsessed about water bottles. But, hey, that’s just me. We are all different and some more “different” than others.

So let’s get back to basics and dive into the history of water, the bottling of it and the introduction of water bottles into modern day society.

Why Water Bottles?

Most of the portable water bottles you see today have not been around for long. Although, bottling water from the ground began back in 1622 in a small village in the UK. The demand came from villagers believing in the therapeutic benefits of this water. The first instance of commercial water bottling in the U.S began in Boston in 1767, again, people belived in the benefits of the “mineral” in the water.

Zoom forward a few decades and we have a billion dollar industry built on misleading market hype.

There is nothing more I hate than seeing people finish a disposable water bottle in thirty seconds and throw it away. I am guilty, I admit. When I am at home, I always use one of my many water bottles. But, when I am travelling and unsure of local water quality I buy awful disposal water bottles.

I have tried numerous advanced filtration water bottles and will review them in depth in further articles.

Water is truly the most beneficial liquid that we can consume. My mission is to find the best portable water bottle on the market. I want to make it easier for the world to remain hydrated, with minimal environment impact.

Six Water facts you need to know…

  • Roughly 70% of an adult’s body is made up of water
  • Water helps your kidneys and also aids in healthy bowel function
  • In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year walking for water
  • NASA has discovered water in the form of ice on the moon, mars and many other moons and planets.
  • Water use has grown at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century

Is this possible? Is there one water bottle that is better than the rest? I will find the answer to this question. I will drink litres and litres to get the bottom of this.

The Original Water Bottle

When you’re looking for a clean, green, reusable and indestructible drink bottle Nalgene could be it.

Nalgene (originally Nalge Company) began crafting it’s products back in 1949 in Rochester, New York. A young chemist by the name of Emmanuel Goldberg was the original developer.The first product was actually a pipette used purely for laboratory use. How times have changed.

500ml Everyday Wide-Mouth Water Bottle

An array of laboratory equipment was designed and developed by the team until 1970. In 1970 the then president of the company, Marsh Hyman, noticed the use of his products for external uses. Many scientists were taking these Nalgene out of the labs and using them for water storage on day trips and the like.

The idea caught on and people started using these bottles to store dry goods, shampoo, oils etc etc. The brand naturally evolved out of the lab and turned into a practical consumer product.

The real turning point was when Hyman’s son, an avid boy scout, started using the products out on the trail. He and his fellow scouts used the Nalgene lab bottles to hold and separate all their different camping supplies.

On seeing this, Hyman decided that the word was to be spread. He went to the speciality department inside the business and set them a new mission. The mission was: “Spread the word to outdoors people all over! Tell them about this new line of high quality camping equipment.”

Now looks look a little closer at what Nalgene are and what Nalgene are not.

Nalgene Are Not…

– A fashion item.
– Stylish and/or trendy.
– Winning design awards.
– Impressive to your girlfriend.

So what are Nalgene water bottles then?

Nalgene Water Bottles Are …

– Strong
– Practical
– Functional
– Very Well Priced
– Durable
– BPAF Free
– Tried & Tested
– Used In All Conditions
– Wide Mouth For Easy Storage of Dry Goods.
– Life Time Guarantee

Stainless Steel Water Bottles

Another amazing brand out in the market is Klean Kanteen. Klean Kanteen started back in 2002 by the inventor and founder Robert Seals. Robert was a thinker and an innovator and noticed that there were no stainless steel bottles on the market. He started putting together a few basic designs from bits and pieces that that he bought at the local hardware store.

In 2004, Robert hit the market with the awesome 27oz Klean Kanteen water bottle. The whole idea of this product was to give people an alternative to plastic. Aluminum bottles were marketed as being a safe, healthy, lightweight, reusable, BPA free alternative to plastic. Robert tested the market by sharing his bottles with people at sporting events and festivals.

In 2005 Klean Kanteen was taken over by the Cresswell family. The Cresswell family really took Klean Kanteen to the next level. They improved upon the original design and started expanding on the limited product line.

In Klean Kanteen’s favor, worldwide media started reporting about the danger of BPA. This was perfect for Klean Kanteen as consumers everywhere searched for a plastic alternative.

The office phone rang non-stop at this time for the company and business boomed. More and more “anti-plastic” reports hit the international news and this further increased business for the company.

Apart from Klean Kanteen caring for the health of the population, they also take the next step, they care for the planet. Strongly ingrained in the business philosophy is environmental protection and conservation. Everything Klean Kanteen does is done in the most environmentally way possible.

In 2008 the company joined One Percent For The Planet and donates at least 1% of their annual income to non profits to promote the health of the planet.

All in all, Klean Kanteen are a small family owned and run business in northern California with over 30 years of history. They strive to produce excellent, ethical products that are functional and look great. Simplicity, affordability, safety & quality are just a few words that the company aligns with.

I like to keep things simple and uncluttered, forgetting about the bells and whistles and look at the facts. Back in 2002, Klean Kanteen introduced their “Classic”, which mind you remains to this day as one of the best water bottles in the world. This 18/8 stainless steel water bottle is completely free of BPA, phthalates, lead or other toxins.

It really has become an iconic product in the world of water bottles and recognised for it’s durability and performance. It comes in multiple colours and cap designs. Choose your own colour, but take my advice and get the sports cap, it is so easy to use. The sports cap is also leak resistant and quieter ( no slurping please). One of the awesome things is that these water bottles also fit in most cup holders and have a lifetime warranty!

New Years Party at The Ghost Room

I write to you with a humble and grateful heart.  Our campaign closed on Christmas, and we officially raised $5,411 for students across the world!  Students will now have clean water, bathrooms, and places to wash their hands because of your efforts.  You all have done an incredible job this semester.

Imagine this: our organization didn’t exist at the beginning of the semester, and in a few months we have raised an incredible amount of money.

To everyone who showed up at meetings, donated their money, donated their time, organized events, came to events, supported events, stopped at the table, signed our mailing list, expressed interest, prayed for us, or encouraged us – thank you.  I don’t even know how to express in words the overflowing amount of gratitude I have for each and every one of you.

We ended the semester with a benefit concert organized by the amazing Martan Roca.  Thanks to Tom. Foler, Kat Maley, and The Sound of Substance for playing!

What is Water?

Technically it is a chemical substance with the chemical formula H2O.  It contains one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms connected by covalent bonds.  It is essential to all human life, and it covers 70% of the earth’s surface.

To Americans, water is something that we don’t think twice about.  When we want some, we turn handles and it pours out.  Shower heads, sink faucets, fountains, bottles – it is accessible all the time.  We don’t question whether or not the water we drink will kill us.  We assume that the liquid consumed after we complete strenuous exercise or to satisfy our dry mouths or to fill our nalgenes will be safe.

This is a blessing.

But to 12% of the world, water is something that destroys lives.  When they want some they have to walk up to 8 miles to retrieve water that may not be sanitary, and they risk being raped on their journey.  To them, it is something that kills children and causes dysentery, diarrhea, and other illnesses.

We are working to erase this divide.  We are working so that the 12% of the world that is currently without clean water and adequate sanitation will have easy access to water and adequate sanitation that will satisfy their needs without threatening their health.

This semester, Students for Clean Water at UT is working to raise $20,000 to give a school in a developing country clean water and adequate sanitation for the first time.

Join us in bringing hope to a hurting world by making a donation to our campaign:

BPA: Good or Bad for You?

BPA Free is a term that is thrown around a lot in the world of drink bottle. Most people have no idea what it means. It must be bad, is it really? I mean if people are promoting it not being in there product, it must be good!

Let’s dive into the whole “BPA Free” equation a little further and look for the facts.

BPA Free – What are we talking about here?

Firstly let’s have a look at “BPA”. BPA is a carbon based synthetic compound. It is basically a colorless solid that is soluble in organic solvents, but poorly soluble in water. BPA has been around since 1957.

BPA is used in production of water bottles and other plastic consumer items. Other items include sporting goods, dvd’s, and cd’s. Certain resins containing BPA are also used to line water pipes and act as coating for beverage cans. BPA is also found in the making of common thermals papers finding it’s way into typical sales receipts.

As with any health or health issues there are many conflicting points of view. This BPA free scenario originally became a concern from a FDA report that identified possible risks to fetuses, infants and young children. Pretty heavy when we consider this in our water bottles that we use every day of our lives. OK, so BPA is ok at very small levels, but really do we want to consume something that is only ok at small levels. Let’s just get rid of it out of our life altogether.

In July 2014 the FDA updated it’s view, stating that “BPA is safe at the current levels occurring in foods”???? This apparently was based on a further two in depth studies in early 2014!

Ok, so now the Europeans look into the importance of the “BPA Free” debate a little more in-depth.

Further studies by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded differently. Studies done from 2008 – 2015 basically confirmed that EFSA experts could not identify any new evidence to change their minds. They concluded that current levels of BPA exposure in the market is safe. They also said that they will further in the BPA Free matter as there are some uncertainties.

BPA was discovered in 1891 by a Russian scientist of the name Aleksandr Dianin. It wasn’t until 1997 that studies produced any sort of negative effect of BPA in the human body. As with most reactions, they are more severe in babies and young children. In 1997 lab tests starting showing side effects from low dosage on laboratory animals.

A general conclusion is that BPA Free products are important for the young and developing. But what about us adults??

There are whole host of negative health effects from ingesting BPA, but is not just our drink bottles that are a concern. Many food packaging items contain BPA and this should be stopped. Some baby books contain it, therefore if a baby chews on the corner, they ingest it.

BPA Free water bottles are a start for society, but there is a long way to go. If you want the best for your health, only ever choose BPA Free products. There is not enough solid evidence of the current BPA levels. But there is enough to suggest us to stay clear of it.

Make sure all of the water bottles in your home are BPA Free, especially your children’s bottles. I mean why not go BPA free when you have a choice?

Let me know how you go and what bottle you choose! and make sure you keep drinking H2O!

First Meeting – Students for Clean Water

Students for Clean Water is a student organization at the University of Texas at Austin dedicated to ending the world’s water crisis

The first Students for Clean Water meeting at UT will be this Thursday night from 7-8pm in Parlin 101. Come to hear about how you can get involved in solving the world’s water crisis!

Our first meeting went incredibly well. Thanks to all who came out to learn how to be a part of what we are doing on campus!  It all started with our table. Thanks to all of you who stopped by and listened to what we had to say.

20 people showed up to contribute ideas on how we are going to raise $20,000 and we wrote letters to our senators.

John Coryn and Kay Biley Hutcehson, in approximately 3-5 days you will be learning about why we think you should care about the world water crisis.

Thanks to Jon Quitty for the following graphic.  Feel free to make it your profile picture and share it with everyone you can.

Can’t wait to see you on Thursday night in Parlin 101 from 7-8pm!  Also, be looking for us on campus this week.  Gabby Gonzalez wanted to use her love for cooking to raise money, so come buy some of her baked goods so that people can drink clean water!

Love you all more than life itself.