Why the best reusable water bottles will make a positive impact on your life

21 March 2018 by
First published: 15 February 2016

Our pick of the best reusable water bottles is a great way to celebrate World Water Day.

In recent years, reusable water bottles have been on the up – enjoying a surge of popularity since we woke up to the harmful and negative effects bottled water has on our environment. But such a step in the right direction is still dwarfed by our excessive use and disregard for plastic water bottles. While 1.1 billion people in the world lack clean, safe drinking water, this multi-billion-pound market is becoming an unnecessary western extravagance – the UK has some of the cleanest tap water in the world and blind taste tests have proved Britons can’t even tell the difference in taste.

So, to be part of the solution, we thought we’d share with you our best reusable water bottles that we think you’ll love just as much. They’re clever, cute and relatively un-costly. Best of all, better for you, your pennies and our environment.

Scary facts
The UK consumes 18 billion plastic bottles each year. How many of those are recycled? A mere quarter. So, every single day, 38 million bottles end up in a landfill – yearly that’s enough to stretch to the moon and back 50 times! But they’ll decompose really quickly, right? Wrong. In fact they can take up to a staggering 450 years to decompose. Oh, and the carbon footprint of bottled water is more than 500 times that of tap water. This is not sustainable nor healthy and we don’t need any more reasons to make a change.

What’s the alternative? Not only are reusable bottles better for your wallet, they are also more economical and environmentally-friendly than discarding bottles after one use, which, we are all guilty of doing at one time or another. However, so many people still favour convenience and ease, buying into the market and fuelling our gross plastic bottle wastage.

Here are our pick of the best reusable water bottles:

Urban Bottle

Urban Bottle

For those travelling light
The Urban Bottle is 
the lightest reusable stainless steel bottle around. It is BPA-, phthalates- and toxin-free, carries 500ml and weighs 103g (117g with the lid on); the leak-proof lid is a must and the wide mouth makes it easy for cleaning and means you can add ice cubes – very handy for the warmer weather. It can carry anything you fancy and comes in wide range of shades. We’re loving these pastel shades.

£19, 24bottles.com

For the sporty
A veteran on the reusable water bottle scene, S’well is the fastest growing woman-owned company in the States. For the past seven years its been fusing style with a desire to rid the world of plastic bottles and we’ve always been big fans. Its latest offering is the Sport Collection, which features the new Swing Cap grab-and-go handle, which is ergonomically designed for comfortable two-fingered carrying, and can also be clipped onto backpacks or bags for hands-free portability.It’s BPA-free and made from high-grade 18/8 stainless steel; it’s triple-walled for maximum insulation, which means it keeps your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 – ideal when the weather can’t make up its mind!
£42, swellbottle.com

 

SIGG's Dream bottle

SIGG’s Dream bottle

For smoothie-lovers
SIGG’s new reusable Dream bottle is made from high-performance, heat-resistant glass and sleeved with a silicone cover, which provides a good grip and shock protection; the bottles also come with an inbuilt bumper on the base to prevent breakages if you drop it. The Dream bottle has a wide mouth opening, making it perfect for dropping in fruit, ice and freshly juiced liquids; it also makes cleaning easier. Like all SIGG bottles, it’s BPA and EA free.
£19.99, sigg.com

5 of the best reusable water bottles

For life

The lifebottle from Tapwater.org does what it says on the tin, it provides you with a stylish, stainless steel reusable bottle that will last you – you guessed it – for life! But this isn’t its only sell. It also boasts a unique ‘storage’ cap (for essentials like money, lip balm or vitamins, or Tapwater’s ‘taptabs’ – effervescent tablets to flavour your water) as well as a handy twin wall design to ensure your water remains cool and fresh throughout the day (20 hours to be precise – tried and tested). Want to fill up while away from home? Tapwater’s national network of refilling points allow you to fill up for free on-the-go. Just look out for the blue logo or download the app to find a station near you! Cool, huh?

£20 for a 500ml bottle, tapwater.org

5 of the best reusable water bottles

For insulation

The original filtering bottle, Bobble holds a special place in our hearts. And since releasing the new Bobble Insulate, we love them a little bit more. Want to keep your drink hot? Not a problem. Want to keep it ice-cold for the whole day? It can do that too. Made from stainless steel, the Bobble insulate will keep whatever’s inside cool for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12. And if that wasn’t enough, in true Bobble style, the bottle is leak-proof, sweat-proof and dishwasher safe (we wouldn’t expect anything less).

£29.99, waterbobble.uk

5 of the best reusable water bottles

For filtering

Another WHL fav, the BRITA Fill&Go will deliver the cleanest, purest water you need while you drink. Featuring integrated activated carbon filtration, it will transform your tap water into the great tasting, freshly filtered BRITA water we all know and love. Simply change the filter disc weekly and your regular tap water will contain significantly less chlorine, fine solids and other taste impairing substances. Sleek, stylish and sensible – you won’t regret this one.

£14.99, brita.co.uk

5 of the best reusable water bottles

For convenience

Once an idea shrugged away by none other than Dragon’s Den, Ohyo is now sold all over the world. Safe to say, it’s a pretty nifty idea. Fed up with lugging around a chunky water bottle even when it’s finished? Here is the solution; a 500ml or 1l bottle that literally collapses once finished and will happily fit in your pocket. You might think a product like this would wear easily, but the guys at Ohyo have run extensive squish-tests and have confirmed you can do so over 10,000 times without it losing durability. What’s more, just two uses of the Ohyo makes it carbon neutral and the company’s Find-a-Foundation campaign means there are more and more places to fill up for free!

£5.99 for 500ml, ohyo.me

5 of the best reusable water bottles

For taste

If you fancy amping up your everyday water, the Aladdin Infuse water bottle will do just that. Get creative by adding your favourite fruit and veg to the removable infusion basket and taste the difference! Try infused cold beverages, iced teas and fruit or herb infusions, all the while keeping the fruit and veg safely out of the drink spout. Made from durable, lightweight Eastman Tritan, the bottle is also dishwasher-safe and completely leak-proof thanks to its clever two-way lid. Staying hydrated never tasted so good!

£12.99, johnlewis.com

Check out our Ultimate guide to nutrition and Easy ways to drink more water.