I needed to get my husband a gift for Father's Day as it was fast approaching. I headed to our local Biome store to see what they had. Sure enough they had a beautiful table display loaded with unique, fun and sustainable gifts for Dad. Two things caught my eye right away. The first was a brew kit for making your own beer! I was pretty tempted, but I thought it would be a better hobby when we are back home in our own house.
The second was a super sleek water bottle. I remembered he'd wanted a reusable water bottle, preferably glass. This one was stainless steel, super ergonomic and looked flat out cool. It was made by S'well.
I'd never heard of this brand before, but I'd seen the sleek design all over Queensland and in many of my yoga classes. I talked to the retail associate a bit more and learned that it was medical grade stainless steel which meant that it was able to keep cold contents cold for more than 24 hours and hot fluids hot for 12 hours. I loved the idea that we could go to beach and leave the bottle in direct sunlight and still enjoy crisp, icy water after a swim. I was also thrilled at the thought of filling the S'well with hot water or coffee at our campsite before a hike on a chilly morning.
It's versatility was what I found most appealing. Founder and CEO Sarah Kauss said, "I launched S’well with the mission to rid the world of plastic water bottles. I believed that if we made a crave-worthy bottle that combined fashion with function, people would stop buying disposable bottles, and we could reduce single-use plastic consumption worldwide." She hit the nail on the head with fashion and function. S'well is truly sophisticated enough for a boardroom and tough enough for a mountain hike. Oh, and let's not forget, they also help bring clean, safe water to the world's poorest communities. S'well has partnered with UNICEF USA and donated over $800,000 since 2015! You've got to love a company with a CAUSE that also cares about the environment.
I purchased the S'well and headed home with a few other bits and pieces. The water bottle was a huge success on all fronts. Super easy to use and clean (warm soapy water, air dry). Cold water really does stay cold for 24 hours, we tried it out. It's a pretty incredible product.
Hubs accidentally left his S'well at home when he went on a work trip and I used it religiously for a few consecutive days. I'd been using Life Factory water bottles because they were glass, not made in China, and had a decent protective barrier to keep from shattering. I liked them a lot and used them for about two and half years. However, I was fed up with how the straws worked and they did have a tendency to spill which I discovered during my flight from America to Australia when my carry on bag was saturated.
This bottle ticked all the boxes in my book, so I went back to Biome and purchased one for myself.
If you have a S'well or are looking to get one, comment below and let me know what you think!
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