by Tammy Taylor
Y’all know I hate plastic. Hate. Yes, HATE. HAAAATE plastic, so I wanted to get rid of the plastic tumbler I’m using to drink water throughout the day. I’ve had aluminum water bottles & wasn’t pleased with the experience, I’m assuming maybe stainless steel wouldn’t have the same issues? But although I’ve shopped for stainless water vessels, I really, REALLY would prefer to drink from glass. As a matter of fact the last time I had multiple-day tractor duty mowing pastures I used a canning jar filled with ice water so I could enjoy that icy refreshing water in glass, and I loved it. But the jar was so big around I was afraid I would drop it, especially since my grip was ‘iffy’ after hours long maneuvering of the tractor’s steering wheel. I need a glass water vessel that would be much easier and safer to grip but still holds a lot. Eco Vessel has provided one of their Surf Glass Water Vessels for my review.
Now I should mention here that although Eco Vessel supplied the bottle for review at no cost to me, my thoughts and my review of this product are my own honest opinions.
Not only do I want to get rid of my plastic tumbler, but I want to remove the need for disposable plastic water bottles. A glass water vessel fits the bill quite nicely for me! Plus the environmental side of me loves that *Eco Vessel Surf Glass Water Bottles contain up to 60% recycled glass and that almost all of the shipping materials used to ship it to me went into my * tumbling composter, including the cardboard box and all the paper padding. (I was able to repurpose the small piece of bubble wrap, but the plastic bag went to the trash). I’ve also enjoyed iced tea from the bottle during our weekly dinner/class at church – I love that by bringing my own tea to share with RancherMan, we’re not using the styrofoam disposable cups offered for the drinks at our meal. (let’s do the math… 2 styrofoam cups per week x 52 weeks per year = 104 styrofoam cups NOT going to the landfill for our weekly classes alone!)
The bottle comes with a colorful silicone protective sleeve that’s extra padded at the base to help protect against damage when dropped. Although I have no intention of testing them to this degree, their website states that it’s been tested to withstand damage even when dropped from a height of 8 feet! And I love that you can opt for beautiful colors & different screw tops for the water bottle – either a loop top for easy carrying or a flip spout for tilt-free drinking – or both since they’re interchangeable! All components are dishwasher safe although the lids need to be loaded in the top rack. Eco Vessel sent both tops for me to try. I especially like the flip top option since I often use my water bottles while I’m on the tractor and fiddling with a screw top with leather-gloved hands and tilting my head back to drink is an unnecessary difficulty with the flip top. The bottle stays sealed as long as the flip-top straw is closed and the inner straw allows tilt-free drinking – helpful for keeping my eyes on my work while on the tractor! The curved shape of the bottle makes it easy to securely grip the bottle, which helps me safely rehydrate using this water vessel during my chores.
Although I prefer “Made in the U.S.A.” for products I buy, the Eco Vessel site states that all their products are manufactured in China. Although I wish it was American made I don’t see this as a deal breaker for me – the vessel itself is made of up to 60% recycled glass and the straw inside the bottle is made from an FDA approved food grade silicone. The protective cover is also made of silicone which helps keep a firm grip.
Real Life Experience
Now you know the features, but the real question is how does it work in real life? Well I carried this water bottle with me on many different errands, several community commitment work days and to our weekly classes at church and I was pleased that it fit snugly in the cup holders in both our small sedan as well as our work truck.
The bottle is a hefty 12 inches tall so it holds lots of water. It is not insulated so it doesn’t keep my water cold for long periods of time, but it seemed to work just fine for me. Also because it’s not insulated it does condensate on the outside but I have one of these cute no-sew denim coasters next to my chair so that small amount of condensation never created a problem with too much moisture.
The flip-top straw is super convenient but I had to get used to it at first, it’s a different size/shape than a typical straw. But I find that by keeping this bottle filled I drink much more water during the day, something I’ve been trying to do more of lately anyway. The wide mouth made it easy to add ice to my bottle right from the refrigerator door’s ice maker, and then quickly fill with filtered water. I am somewhat disappointed that there was not a straw cleaner included with the flip-top straw cap, so I’m planning to buy this *straw-cleaner kit to keep everything clean. I suppose you can just use pipe cleaners for straw cleaning but again, I hate anything disposable. Any thoughts?
So here’s the rundown of benefits vs. disadvantages:
- Water Vessel Is Reusable – Reduces Or Eliminates Disposable Plastic Water Bottles or Styrofoam Cups Needed For Cold Drinks
- Curved Shape Makes It Easy To Securely Grip The Bottle
- Wide Mouth Opening For Easy Filling
- Large 22-Oz Capacity
- Two Different Tops Available – Flip Straw Or Loop Handle
- Flip Straw Allows Quick Access As Well As Tilt-Free Drinking
- Recycled Content For Bottle – Up To 60% Recycled Glass!
- Environmentally Friendly Shipping Materials
- Dishwasher Safe (Lids Should Be Placed In Top Rack)
- Fits In Both Our Car & Our Ranch Truck Cup Holders
- Not Made in The USA
- The Flip Top Straw Is An Awkward Size and Shape For Drinking
- Lack Of Bottle Insulation May Make It Difficult To Keep Contents Cold For Longer Periods Of Time
- Bottle Condensates When Using
All in all, I’m very pleased with this glass water bottle! I’m enjoying many benefits – drinking more water throughout the day, carrying my own beverages with me when RancherMan & I are running errands instead of stopping to purchase a beverage, not adding disposables to the landfill and c’mon, nothing tastes better than when you’re drinking from real glass! If you’d like one of your own, you can find them at Amazon here –> *Eco Vessel Surf Glass Bottle