July 31, 2013
I’m not a fan of buying overpriced and anything-but-green water bottles, so I started using reusable water bottles a few years ago. And unlike my reusable grocery bags, these get actual use. But not all water bottles are created equal. Just like the baby gear you’re currently stocking up on, you want to make sure the water you ingest on a daily basis is free of BPA and anything else you can’t pronounce. Glass is the safe choice…and the pretty one. Which we think is important if it’s going to be one of your accessories for the next few months and beyond. Because the hydrating does not stop once baby is here. One of the best nursing tips from my birth instructor was to set up a nursing station (or a few) in your home that always has a water bottle filled. So yes, you’ll continue pee’ing a lot for a little while longer, but you’ll also ensure both you and your baby stay hydrated.
Here are 5 glass water bottles to keep your thirst at bay. (...)
The first glass bottle I ever sipped from, Lifefactory remains a modern classic. Lifefactory’s bottles are always BPA/BPS-free and dishwasher safe, and the company is constantly revamping their colors and styles. Also, the wide mouth allows easy access for ice cubes and fresh fruit. The new Straw Cap style is designed for one-hand operation and upright, spillproof sipping (no tipping needed) making it perfect for hydrating on the go or while nursing. $26.99
July 30, 2013
Designer Darren Joy had a vision – create a modern, safe and functional array of reusable drinking bottles for the entire family. The result of his and co-founder Pam Marcus’s efforts is the Lifefactory line of reusable, glass drinking bottles. We tested the 22 oz bottle from the company’s new ‘Straw Cap Collection’.
On initial inspection we found the bottle to be great-looking, substantial (it has some heft to it) and well-protected by its colorful silicon bottle sleeve. The fact that the bottle is made from glass has many benefits: unlike many plastic reusable bottles, its 100% BPA-free, dishwasher safe and fully recyclable. Unlike similar plastic and stainless steel bottles, glass doesn’t add any unpleasant aftertaste.
We took the bottle on a few adventures – tennis in 90 degree heat, the sandy environment of the beach, yoga class, as well as walking downtown and driving in the car for a week. We found that the straw cap worked very well – with one minor exception – be advised not to put carbonated water or seltzer in this baby, it will erupt like Mount Vesuvius when you pop-up the straw! The glass bottle seems to keep liquids cooler than stainless steel and significantly cooler than plastic. The bottle features a nifty little handle on top that you’ll actually use.
July 24, 2013
The Best Water Bottles for WorkoutsAfter last week's heat wave, you've probably heard a lot about the importance of keeping cool and staying hydrated -- but because the summer is far from over, it bears repeating. After all, drinking water throughout the day will help keep you healthy, increase energy levels, improve your fitness performance, and may even go as far as to boost brain power.
Lifefactory Straw Cap Collection: This brand-new model improves on the already awesome glass bottle-wrapped-in-silicone design by adding a spill-proof straw cap with an easy, one-handed opening system -- in both 16-and 22-ounce versions. My favorite part (besides the fact that I've dropped mine a million times without breaking it)? You don't have to tilt or squeeze the bottle to drink. $25 - $27; lifefactory.com
July 23, 2013
Remember last week when I brattily exclaimed, “I want one!” after seeing my auntie Marcy’s Lifefactory glass bottle? Well, guess what? I got one. And guess what else? I have one for one of you, too, and I couldn’t be more excited.
Upon returning from Albany, I started researching Lifefactory, and it came as no surprise that one of the company’s co-founders, Daren Joy, is an award-winning designer and architect. In a video on the site, Daren briefly discusses his design process and observes that “there is a connection that gets formed almost immediately,” noting that people “know they love [the bottle] right when they first touch it.” Perhaps my reaction wasn’t so bratty after all: the instant desire to have one was simply the sign of successful design.
As I suspected, I am loving my Lifefactory glass bottle. After a week of heavy use, I have yet to open my shoulder bag to find my phone lying in a pool of water — success! — and I have yet to find myself at the sink trying to scrub away a fungal smell from the opening — success! The glass delivers such a clean, pure taste. Moreover, thanks to the silicone sleeve, the bottle has survived several crash tests — the kids are as drawn to the bottle as I am — down our asphalt driveway.
The more I read about the founders and their philosophy, the more
taken I become. Pam Marcus, Lifefactory’s other co-founder, worked as a
pediatric physical therapist and feeding specialist for 17 years. Her
concerns about the presence of harmful chemicals and plastics in infant
feeding systems inspired her to create a line of glass baby bottles. Not
only are the bottles BPA-, BPS-, and phthalate-free, they are designed
to “perform for years to come”
— I love this. The line of bottles now extends to toddlers and adults,
but before I start sounding like a bad infomercial, I’ll stop here and
let you poke around the Lifefactory site yourself. Go on, that perfect water bottle is just a click away.
July 23, 2013
Lifefactory manufactures its products in both Europe and the US, using
BPA/BPS free plastic and silicone for it’s brightly colored sleeves and
caps. This company operates with intention and transparency—you can even
see how they pick the colors for the bottles here.
The newest addition to the family are the Straw Cap models pictured
here, and seeing as I’m a closet lazy person I quite love. Don’t even
need to lift it up!
Glass tastes better than plastic, and while these are a bit heavy for a backpacking trip they work fantastically for anything shorter. Being an occasionally clumsy individual, I’ve dropped these several times onto surfaces you’d rather not drop glass (rocks, pavement, etc) and I was shocked at how tough they were (though seeing as they are made of glass I wouldn’t recommend giving them as a robust test as I managed to).