sigg bottles

sigg bottles are a design classic. that's not just my opinion; it was admitted to the moma permanent collection in 1993. simple, functional, and good looking too. in this 'eco age', they are also very green:

Recycling your PET plastic water bottles is good… but using a reusable water bottle is much better for the environment.

«More than 90 percent of the environmental impacts from a disposable plastic bottle happen before the consumer opens it,» said Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist at the U.S. Natural Resources Defense Council. «Oil for plastic, oil for shipping, oil for refrigeration and, in a small % of bottles, oil for recycling – sadly most PET bottles go to landfills.» As a rule of thumb, scientists say that you can fill a PET bottle ¼ of the way with oil to symbolize how much energy goes into every bottle.

Worldwide, over 60 billion tons of plastic waste is produced every year. Plastic is particularly damaging because it is not biodegradable and plastic particles eventually become part of the food chain - as they have for example in our oceans. In some parts of the sea, there is five times more plastic than plankton. Neil Seldman, a waste recycling expert, has labeled our plastic problem as «potentially more dangerous than global warming.»

so, something to think about before you buy a bottle of water at the shop in future.

i like the classic swiss red (above), and the 'swiss quality' (below). they are great for any situation, be it just sticking it in a bag when you head out to town, or going out for a cycle. the robust design means that they are great for more vigorous activities and extreme sports too. for only £15 for a 1l bottle, you can get yourself a design classic, and save some money, water and energy too!

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