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The Green Life: Drinking Buddies

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December 20, 2012

Drinking Buddies

Whether you prefer your beverages hot or cold, there's no need to ever again slink out of the coffee shop feeling guilty. These reusable drink containers — all BPA-free — will keep you from wasting cups and bottles.


Faucet FacePrefer glass to plastic? FAUCET FACE feels you. After all, glass is fully recyclable and never leaches chemicals. Its sturdy 14.4-ounce containers remind us of old-fashioned milk bottles and come emblazoned with mottoes intended to glamorize tap water. For each four sold, the company donates a sand filter to India, where many families lack clean water. $15 ($25 for two)


When your travel plans or space constraints call for a flexible liquid-toting solution, take along the Runway pouch from VAPUR. It's light, foldable (when empty), sleek, and enlivened by bold, couture-inspired patterns. A looped-in carabiner adds function. $10

Topo bottle

Since you're on this site, you likely have a beyond normal love of hiking and/or public transportation. LIBERTY BOTTLEWORKS lets you display both of those eco-passions with patriotism — the company claims to produce the only made-in-the-USA metal water bottle and donates one percent of its proceeds to eco-causes. Its artist-driven designs include the Topo and the Mass Transit collections. $19


Popular bottle maker SIGG SWITZERLAND collaborated with a rainforest-conservation campaign called Cuipo to produce this fully recyclable, 20-ounce aluminum bottle adorned with their mascot, “Steve the Sloth.” It comes with an activation code; type it in on Cuipo’s website and you get to save a square meter of Panamanian rainforest. $22



BOBBLE makes clear, squeezable, recycled-plastic containers whose colorful carbon filters purify tap water as you drink. Each one creates the filtered-water equivalent of 300 average-size commercial water bottles. $9 for the 13-ounce size shown


For a straightforward design that gleams but doesn't sweat, you can't do much better than a bright-colored stainless-steel bottle from S'WELL. It's double-walled, so it keeps hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours and cold drinks cold for up to 24 — and it's great for wine and beer too. S'well donates a portion of its proceeds to WaterAid, a charity that helps the world's poorest people gain access to clean water. $35 for the 17-ounce size, $45 for the 25-ounce size

Bamboo bottle
Bamboo is a sustainable material, yes, but it happens to be an insulating one too. The Bamboo Bottle uses the wood to hug a 17-ounce, recycled-glass interior. You can add a classic lid ($6) or a hot one ($8) that will keep your coffee piping. Also: The BAMBOO BOTTLE CO. donates one percent of its proceeds to environmental nonprofits. $20 Mastrad

MASTRAD sells a double-glass-walled Travel Mug, which, in addition to being a handsome conversation piece, keeps your drink hot, your hand comfy, and anything inside from spilling out. $20

FACT: Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour, and 58 billion paper coffee cups every year.

 by Avital Andrews / photos (5) by Lori Eanes 

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