Meet the sustainable water bottle designers aiming to cap 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...
Smythson and S’well
British accessories brand Smythson has teamed up with S’well to produce an exclusive new bottle holder. When delving into the Smythson archives, creative director Luc Goidadin discovered designs for the Belvoir Beaker Set, comprising a silver-plated flask and nut-brown leather holder. Dating back to the 1920s, Goidadin wondered what form the near-century-old design would take in today’s sustainably-minded age. Collaborating with S’well, this reimagined take on the classic design embodies the bottle designer’s ethical ethos. Used leather is a by-product of the food industry, whilst packaging is made from at least 90 per cent recycled material. Available in classic tan and lime yellow finishes.
New water bottle company Coloral looks to the past to drive sustainability forwards today. The brand was inspired by mid-1900s road cycling, when cyclists often used a metal ‘bidon’ to carry water, preserve milk- and sugar-based energy blends, and post-ride wine. Coloral has reengineered this original bottle to meet today’s modern standards. The same timeless, lightweight and compact design now features brushed food-grade stainless steel and has been resized for modern bottle cages. For each one sold, Coloral will send a bike to Africa with the charity Re-Cycle, whilst one per cent of profits will go to 1% For the Planet.
Built into the cap of LARQ’s debut offering is the world’s first portable water purification system, which harnesses the sterilising power of ultra-violet light to kill up to 99.9 per cent of bottle bacteria in only 60 seconds. Intelligently activating every two hours (or at the push of a button), and with a rechargeable battery life of up to two months, LARQ brings accessible water purification into the digital age. It also donates a portion of its proceeds to 1% For The Planet, a group partnering with non-profit organisations supporting schemes aiding our planet’s wildlife, atmosphere, oceans, land and food industry.
Collar thermo and water bottle, by Debiasi Sandri
Back in 2016, Italian design duo Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri released the Collar collection, a range of Scandinavian-inspired coffee-making appliances. Fast-forward to today and the pair has teamed up with Stelton, bringing the same aesthetic to a new thermos and water bottle. Finished in matte black, it features a Teflon exterior and brass-coated lid, with stainless steel inside for temperature retention. The 0.75l thermo bottle (pictured) also comes with a handy lid-cup, handy for on-the-go coffee.
Chilly’s founders James Butterfield and Tim Bouscarle looked to urban lifestyles when conceptualising its re-useable bottle. Engineered for desk-dwellers and gym-goers alike, Chilly’s bottles are leak-proof and condensation-free, keeping drinks chilled for 24 hours and retaining heat for 12. The brand is also partnered with City to Sea, which runs campaigns to curb marine plastic pollution at its source. One such campaign is Refill, which is introducing thousands of Refill Stations across the UK to encourage a refilling culture. For every branded Chilly’s bottle flying the Refill flag sold, £10 goes to City to Sea to support its continued work.
Conceived in Italy in 2013, 24Bottles has strong faith that ‘good design can change things for the better’. It certainly lives up to this belief – partnering with reforestation community Treedom, 24Bottles is planting 1,500 trees in Cameroon, Kenya, Nepal and Italy to offset the amount of CO2 produced during its manufacturing processes. Additionally, its 500 ml Urban and Clima bottles (available in a spectrum of colours) feature the number -0.08 imprinted at the bottom – a reminder of the amount of CO2 that would be wasted buying a single-use bottle. 18/8 food grade stainless steel keeps liquids hot up to 12 hours or frosty-cool for up to 24, and is 100 per cent BPA-, phthalate -and toxin-free.
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. §