* NOTE: We really like the Eco Canteen but have gotten a few comments about inflated shipping charges when ordering from the company. We recommend purchasing the Eco Canteen from Amazon. Click Here to Get the Eco Canteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle
About a month ago, I posted a blog saying that I’d soon be doing a review of the Eco Canteen metal water bottle as they offered to send me a few of their bottles to test. I finally have them…and I have to first say that my long wait in not the fault of Eco Canteen. First of all, I live in Hawaii and everything takes forever and two days to get here. Second, we don’t get home mail delivery in Hawaii (yes, seriously!) and the Mailboxes, Etc. where I pick up my mail is 45 minutes from my house. So, you can guess about how often I make the trek all the way over there just to pick up bills…
Last Friday when I finally stopped in to pick up my mail, the Eco Canteen stainless steel water bottles were waiting for me. As soon as I got home I unpacked the box and was thrilled to find two of the full-size water bottles. The lid has a clip attached so the water bottle can be easily transported. The bottles also come with an insulated tote bag that keeps in the moisture and keeps the water colder, longer.
In the past, I’ve talked about the importance of using stainless steel water bottles. In short, plastic water bottles are bad for your health and their bad for the environment. Plastic contains BPA, which can leach and cause health problems. The effects on the environment are even worse. Most people don’t recycle these plastic bottles and they break down incredibly slowly – it can take up to 1,000 years for plastic to break down. That’s not exactly the legacy that you want to leave. Also concerning is the amount of oil that’s used in the production of plastics. According to the Earth Policy Institute, more than 17 million barrels of oil are used each year in order to create the plastic that water is stored in – and that’s not including the cost to transport the water, often overseas.
Alright, back to the Eco Canteen review. In the past, I’ve used Kleen Kanteen’s water bottles, and for the most part, I’ve been pleased with them. However, I’ll gladly make the change to Eco Canteen, for a few key reasons.
First and most important (to me), Eco Canteen is a non-profit organization. That tells me that they are doing this for the right reasons.
Second, the Eco Canteen bottles are about 1/2 the price of any competitor’s bottles. The full size stainless steel water bottles are $9.95 and the kid’s sized bottles are only $8.95 vs. more than $20.00 for the same bottles sold by many competitors.
Third, after using these bottles for a few days, I’ve found the quality of these bottles to be just as good, or better, than that of other water bottles I’ve used. The insulated sleeve that comes with them is basically a free bonus, since the bottles that I’ve ordered in the past did not come with a holder at all.
If I have any complaint at all about the Eco Canteen stainless steel water bottles, it’s that they only come in traditional stainless steel. Now, that’s perfect for me. However, I have daughters who are seven and five and they are really attached to their decorated bottles. However, as I mentioned before, these bottles are half the price and they’re extremely good quality – so my daughters are just going to have to learn to love the stainless steel look!
If you’re still drinking from plastic water bottles, it’s time to make the switch.
I'm making the change to metal water bottles, also called stainless steel water bottles. Why, you ask? Two main reasons.