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Okay, I’ll admit…cheesy post name but moving past that… *cough cough*

I was just about to write about a fantastic article I found on Inhabitat when I realized that I needed a quick refreshment break before I began. In a split second about a thousand (okay well in reality about 3) different choices came to mind but my eyes found my Sigg bottle and the idea of cold water sounded perfect. In an instant, I was able to run to my faucet and fill it up before I sat back down at my computer. Cold and refreshing water all packaged in a pretty and reusable container? Yes please.

Sigg, Gaiam, and other aluminum bottles are popping up everywhere on campus and I can’t help but smile when I see one sticking out of a students backpack or when someone has theirs propped up against a machine at the gym. People are catching on but if you still don’t see the benefits, I found some quick facts on Treehugger that just might change your mind.

– Approximately 1.5 million barrels of oil—enough to run 100,000 cars for a whole year—are used to make plastic water bottles, while transporting these bottles burns even more oil.

– Nearly 90 percent of water bottles are not recycled and wind up in landfills where it takes thousands of years for the plastic to decompose.

And while some say it’s easy to grab one and go, is there really a difference of grabbing either from your desk or fridge and putting it into your bag? Additionally, both can be re-filled at a drinking fountain/faucet/outlet of choice but this is where your aluminum bottle wins the battle. The plastic bottle will not keep the water cold like your aluminum one will; therefore, optimum deliciousness would be delivered via aluminum bottle. Sigg (or insert other brand) is victorious!

Plus as a college student, I like to save my money rather than essentially letting it sit and (not) waste away in a landfill. That’s why I did some research then purchased my Sigg this past summer. Environmental and marine life benefits aside, financially the benefits have been great considering I haven’t bought bottled water in almost a year now. For example, lets say that I was still buying bottled water and I bought two 12 packs a month. That would be equivalent to approximately one bottle a day which is pretty average, I’d say. According to Meijer tonight, Ice Mountain’s 12 pack is $8.53. In one month, that would only be saving $17.06. Not too shabby but let’s look at a year. $102. 36. This isn’t even counting the random bottles I would buy from the vending machine in between classes or if I bought more than 2 packages a month. This also isn’t calculating gas to get to and from Meijer and so on. My Sigg bottle was about $20 so what I spent in one month ultimately is saving me about $80-100 for the year.

So what now? Have I convinced you of the benefits yet?

If not, do a little more research on your own. I don’t have any complaints about my Sigg bottle and I have heard great things about Gaiam, plus there are numerous other brands out there just waiting to come home with you. The great thing about these bottles is that while they are environmentally friendly, they’re also quite sassy. Sigg has some bottles with gorillas, some with phrases such as “Make Love Not Landfill”, and a ton of others. Just check out the 73 different styles in the Lifestyle Bottle category alone. There are a ton of different styles and sizes to fit your personality and your needs. What a great way to show others who you are and what you believe in without a word. Besides, it might encourage some conversation between you and that cutie who is eying your bottle from across the room.

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