How sustainable water bottle designers are capping plastic waste
The waste plastic crisis is continuously growing, with an average of 38 million bottles piling up in landfill sites, polluting our oceans and causing widespread environmental damage each year. Thankfully, designers worldwide are encouraging us to cut down on single-use plastic by making the re-useable water bottle stylish, innovative and eco-friendly. Additionally, with companies incorporating ethical social missions into their business models, there’s no better time to invest in a bottle for life. Fill up and drink it in...
At Wallpaper* HQ, we were head over heels with Stay Sixty’s clean design upon first sight. With a mission to shake up the waste plastic system, brothers Kirpal and Raj Bharaj designed their bottle to cater to the eco- and design-conscious alike. The Stay Sixty bottle (so named to highlight the average adult body consisting of 60% water) is made from food-grade, BPS free stainless steel, containing up to 500ml of liquid and available in stone, coal and blush finishes.
Incorporating a sense of ownership into its product lineup, S’well designs desirable bottles in seasonal and limited run collections, each raising money for various causes. Past collaborators include the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, as well as a highly limited edition release with Swarovski, where 20 per cent of the profits from its crystal-embedded bottles went to (RED). Its classic bottles keep level drink temperatures (cold for 24 hours, warm for 12), and are made of vacuum insulated, high-grade 18/8 stainless steel.
Rather than designing with metals, the Soma bottle is artfully crafted from glass. Lightweight and durable, the bottle features a leak-proof bamboo cap, and is protected with the help of a soft silicone sleeve, available in a range of colourways. Looking to work in a sustainable way too, Soma follows an ethical code that aims to end the global water crisis, producing green products and packaging, while working with responsible supply chain partners.
Combining natural materials with a refreshing design, the innovative Welly bottle works both ways, as a cooler and thermos. Finished in bamboo, the bottle features double-walled vacuum insulation, which makes cold coffee and warm water a thing of the past. As well as aiding to resolve the waste plastic crisis, Welly donates $1 to clean water projects for each bottle sold, and is only just getting started on its developing (and ambitious) social mission.