We came across this meme above the other day and it was totally us a few months ago. We were serial disposable water bottle users! Buying a 24 pack every other week and throwing out half of them that were warm from sitting in the car and half full.
The bit of lawn next to our bin is the greenest in our yard from all of the water it got from the half empty bottles!
We can’t go anywhere without a bottle of water in summer and we can’t bring ourselves to paying $3-4 for a bottle of cold water from a shop.
We even started carrying a small esky in the car to try and prolong the bottles going warm but when you have two kids there’s not much extra space in the car for anything else.
HERE IS OUR STORY...
One of our wholesalers had just bought out a new product, a stainless steel water bottle that claimed to keep contents cool for 8 hours.
At first I thought that was a good piece of sales text but anything sitting in the hot car all day would go warm within an hour unless it was in an esky, but we usually give most things a try to see what they are like so we went ahead and ordered some.
We were at the warehouse soon after they arrived and we had forgotten to bring our trusty plastic disposable bottle with us.
Being a hot day and totally parched I said why don’t we give these new Montiico bottles a go. They’re pretty trendy looking water bottle with cool colours and a hook that you can attach to your bag or stroller so you don’t lose it, quite practical for a water bottle lover.
Now a couple of days had passed and we were still quite happily using them but surely it was only a matter of time before they got put in the cupboard, forgotten about, and the plastic disposable bottles would rule again.
The weekend came around and we were packed ready to go out for the day with the family and our new Montiico bottles are filled with cold water.
It was a hot summer day; about 35 degrees and we had a kid’s party on at the park (luckily a well shaded park but still very uncomfortable heat). So as a parent, you find a parking spot, get all the essentials out (which looks like you’ve packed for a weeks holiday) and proceed to the party.
When we get over to where the party was set up we realise we’ve left the drink bottles in the car. It was a fair stroll from the car so as the party was well catered for, there were plenty of cool drinks to keep us hydrated, which saved one of us a long torturous walk through the desert like conditions.
A few hours later the party’s all wrapped up, so we lug all of our belongings back to the car while carrying two very weary kiddies. We get back to the car, open all of the doors to let the hot air out, put the kids in and crank up the air conditioning to cool it back to a reasonable temperature.
Of course what happens as soon as you get kids back in the car, they ask for the one thing that you don’t have! They want a drink! Their drink bottles had been out in the sun they were as warm as bath water. Gross! We can’t give them that but try explaining to a two year old that the water is too hot. NO CHANCE!
Hang on we’ve got the Montiico bottles sitting in the car! I pick one of them up from the console and the outside of the bottle is warm. I don’t like my chances here so I take the lid off and stick my finger in to check the inevitable, that we have another drink bottle full of warm water. As my finger dips into the water to my surprise it was actually cool. No way!
It wasn’t ice cold like it came out of the fridge but still cool enough to enjoy a refreshing drink. I was in complete shock. As the bottle is double insulated it works like a thermos and can keep things colder (or warmer) for longer.
From that day we have not bought a single plastic disposable water bottle! That has saved us about $10 a week, or when you add it up over $500 a year! We are also drinking more water as a result of using the Montiico bottles as it stays cooler for much longer than a standard bottle.
All for the small investment for the bottle we can enjoy cold water wherever we go and we are doing our bit for the environment by not creating unnecessary waste.
They are perfect for school age kids and adults.
We wouldn't recommend them as suitable for smaller kids (5 years and under) to use as their own drink bottle as they can be heavy for a toddler when full. However we take the Montiico bottles everywhere with us now and use them to fill our 2 and 4 year olds drink bottles.
~ Amy ~