The easiest way to make a reusable water bottle

Coffee-Mate creamer water bottleYou probably know that rocking your own reusable water bottle instead of drinking bottled water in single-use plastic bottles is one of the easiest ways you can live greener.

Unfortunately that usually means shelling out somewhere between $12-$30 dollars for a bottle.

Don’t get me wrong, Sigg, Klean Kanteen, and even Nalgene all have some pretty cool BPA-free water bottles, but it sometimes seems like you’re paying a premium for those green style points doesn’t it?

If you’re looking for a way to sport your own water bottle, but don’t want to pay the price for a new stainless steel or BPA-free bottle, simply take a look at your recycling bin. Are there any containers that you could repurpose into a water bottle?

Check out this guy I ran into at the gym this week.

Instead of trashing or recycling his empty Coffee-Mate creamer container, he reused it as a water bottle. He told me he didn’t do it to save the planet at all. Instead he said, “it just made sense.”

Fair enough.

And make sense it does. A sturdy 32 oz bottle with a secure flip top…yep, that’s got the makings of a great water bottle.

What is the coolest or craziest container you’ve seen repurposed into a water bottle?

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About Jeffrey Davis

Yo, I'm Jeffrey, founder of and editor in chief here at Eco-Snobbery Sucks. I live in Nashville, TN and am a writer, personal trainer, web designer, and wookie hugger. I hang out on Twitter some but you can find me more active on Facebook. Enjoy the site!

  • Becky Striepe

    I love the No Impact Man cool portable water bottle: an empty glass jar with lid. The glass jar is extra awesome if you’re at a shindig where they’ll be serving wine in disposable plastic cups. Not only can you feel classy drinking out of glass, but you can put the lid on between sips and avoid drunken red wine spills. Not that I am prone to drunken red wine spills…

    • Jeffrey Davis

      That’s a great idea too! Hooray for drunken spill proof containers. lol.

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  • Shane Shirley-Smith

    Great post and blog! I gave you a shout out on Twitter and introduced your blog to our Environmental Booty Facebook group.

    • Jeffrey Davis

      Awesome Shane. Thanks a ton for the comment and the twitter link love. Eco-Snobbery Sucks follows EnviroBooty on Twitter too. You rock.

  • Will

    Just make sure you are using the correct type of plastic. Some types of plastic will leech chemicals if you reuse them.

    • Jeffrey Davis

      Very true Will. Thanks for adding that bit of helpful info. That becomes increasingly more important as the bottle ages (and scratches/cracks begin to form) and if you plan to put hot liquid in the plastic bottle…

  • Remy Chevalier

    For years I used to re-use Poland Springs plastic water bottles over and over again, refilling them with my own well water or herb tea, not realizing or knowing that the plastic was leeching. I had concerns about it, but everyone kept telling me plastic wasn’t digested anyway, and went right through your body. It’s not until I started learning about green chemistry in the early 90s that I realized how wrong everybody was. But then I used to fashion pot pipes out of aluminum tin foil, and roll mercury around in my hands in high school… miracle I have any brain cells left. Last year Planet Green’s news show Focus Earth did an entire segment on how African villages were killing bacteria in water by leaving clear plastic water bottle in the sun on their roof all day… Give up one set of health problems for another, except polymer poisoning will probably take longer to kill you than a bad case of Diphtheria.

    • O

      Polymers are not the problem, it is the unreacted monomers and plasticizers (which greater flexibility to the material) which can be toxic. Fortunately, they are in very low concentrations. One would think that after multiple washings, any noxious hydrophilic component would be dissipated.
      Importance is stressed on cleaning these bottles after usage to prevent oral flora from taking hold inside your reclaimed vessel.

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