Despite the availability of reusable options, single-use bottled water consumption continues to rise in the United States. Disposable bottled water use has quadrupled in the U.S. in the last 20 years, according to the Environmental Working Group – in 2008, each American drank approximately 215 plastic bottles of water. The nationwide recycling rate for plastic bottles has climbed to 31 percent, but the use of reusable bottles could save a lot of plastic, not to mention money.
The market is filled with reusable water bottle options, though, so to help determine which bottle is best for you, check out our list of functional, eco-friendly alternatives, all of which are BPA free.
Fun: Sigg Design
If you’re looking for a fun, functional bottle, look no further than Sigg’s new line of artfully designed bottles. These aluminum bottles come in three different sizes and more than a dozen patterns including animal print and camo. Anyone looking to make a fashion statement with their water bottle will be able to find a color and pattern they like. Believe it or not, Sigg comes out with a new line of designs each year, and two of the designs are now part of the collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, according to the company’s website.
In addition to making eye-catching, easily transportable bottles, the Swiss company is also committed to sustainability. Their bottles are 100% recyclable. In 2013, Sigg also plans to partner with Cuipo, a lifestyle brand committed to preserving the rainforest. Sigg will sell bottles featuring Cuipo designs, and each bottle purchased will save one meter of rainforest.