I thought the point of 'bottled' water is to avoid drinking untrusted tap water? I personally buy bottled water for the bottle. After many many refills from the tap it eventually ends up in the recycle bin.
@jonoxn: Where i come from (Denmark, but the same goes for much of europe) the rules regarding tap water is stricter than the rules regarding bottled water, in terms of allowed bacteria count and such, so you are better off drinking tap water :-)
often bottled water is just bottled tap water, so you are just paying for a container and a brand name, plus distribution
Tiainen Arttu
If you are reading Gizmag there is a quite high probability that you are living in area where you don't need to worry about tap water. The main feature of this product is simply showing of how eco-trendy you are to your hipster friends, but if it keeps a few bottles out of landfills, I am the last person to complain.
is it just me or does that seem like the dumbest thing ever?
[[ignoring the constant stream of bicycle 'improvements' by 'artists' and 'industrial designers']]
jaqen--you are absolutely right. The same is true in the US. Bottled water is not regulated like tap water and as such can have all manner of undesirable contents that people dont even realize are present.
If you think about it, reliable access to clean water is one of the key pillars of modern society and civilization. Therefore, companies that sell bottled water are seeking to undermine this pillar and are, by definition, seeking to move modern civilization backwards. It's disgusting on so many levels.
WLE- I agree! This is just a dumb invention. After a week the users will stop counting as the fun factor has worn off and they realize it's just meaningless task.
I live in third world south africa and we have some of the purest cleanest tap water on earth. What do you need bottled water for? Just create some jobs and clean up your water. I try to be an econut but we dont recycle plastic very much here we do recycle aluminum cans though and many (i mean hundreds) of poor destitute homeless people get up before the crack of dawn to rummage though your garbage looking for your soda cans. I have even used 20 x 2ltr plastic water filled coke bottles to move a safe (1000kg EMPTY!) egyptian style. This product is for posers THERE are hungry people out there!
I don't really care how many bottles I supposedly save. I use my Rubbermaid Refill Reuse bottle every day, filling it from my filter pitcher. Counting is meaningless.
As for bottled water, you really don't know where it comes from. Some of it actually is tap water. Others have been proven to have higher bacterial count than tap since there's no chlorination to kill bacteria. All of it is wasteful, needing way too many resources not just to make the bottles, but gasoline to transport all that water by truck. Water is quite heavy.
Demian Alcazar
Every EcoNazi out there will want one of these and they'll start taking pictures of their bottles and putting them up on facebook so they can be smug about how much plastic they've stopped using.
Smugstagram! If I ever see anyone carrying one these bottles I'll know I never want to talk to them.
Bill Bennett
bottled water= profits for coca cola, pepsico yadda, bottled water is a pox on this planet, they bottle tap water and sell what costs them 10 cents for over 100 cents, i watch people buy cases of bottled water, disgusted by their ignorance. Buy a filter for your home if you are that worried - why fill the landfill with petroleum based bottles?