this is what happens when you ask your brother, a wilderness explorer, for his opinion on Nalgene bottles

If you've followed the beverage stories here at Say La Vee (she says as though she's some kind of authority) you know that we have a Brita water pitcher. We have two, actually, but the big one is in the basement.
But using the Brita pitcher seems to be a bit of a hindrance to actually drinking the water.
People don't like refilling it and no one is going to bring a glass of water to school.
It's been too easy for my kids to grab a plastic or glass bottle from the fridge and walk away with it. Bottled water, as we all know, is cheap. But I feel terrible buying it. While we are very good at recycling, we cannot ignore the fact that we are buying far too many bottles.
We need to change our habits.

This is how I came to ask B about Nalgene bottles. I'd like to buy three, for the boys, and fill them with Brita water.
This was his response:


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I did get some information from readers regarding the problems with plastic bottles leaching chemicals that was also helpful. (Email me if you'd like copies.)

And yes, my brother and I construct complicated photoshopped emails to each other ALL THE TIME.

Comments

Keetha said…
That is thorough.
Badger said…
Please tell me you introduce him to people as "my brother, the wilderness explorer". Because I totally would if I had one who was. As it is, I'm stuck with "my brother, the does-something-with-computers guy".

Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Sue said…
Oh. My goodness.
Wow. I'm utterly speechless.
tut-tut said…
I feel like I've been to Nalgene University.
Anonymous said…
I have the bottom two. The ATB is a pain in the neck unless your riding. I ride, so I use one, the clear top while a pain in the neck protects the top of the water bottle from doodie. I once got doodie square on my water bottle spout...it was awful.

The OTG is great, I spin with them. They do not leak, but I do not invert them at the bottom of my bag, so perhaps under those conditions they might. The top cleans easily, I wash mine daily, I do use a bottle brush tho... They are just a tad too small, but otherwise perfect.

L.
Emily said…
that was amazing. maybe i'm something of a Neanderthal, but i have both the 16 oz. narrow mouth and 32 oz. wide mouth (with a splashguard). i love them both! he's right about getting ice into the 16 oz., though. you'd need some kind of a tube-shaped ice cube. which i don't have.

good luck - i think it's an admirable goal to buy fewer water bottles. :)
Barbra said…
I have been asking around for advice about the same thing (portable water for the kids in a reusable container that I can actually stick with). Several "in the know" people are telling me to go with stainless steel.
My brother doesn't return my emails at all!
Nora said…
I have a Sigg bottle. Not Nalgene, obviously, but I got it when I felt overwhelmed by all the questions around plastic chemical seepage. I liked picking the cool pattern on the outside :)
Suzanne said…
You and your brother obviously share the genetic code for strong visual design sense.

And in-depth reportage, with an eye for detail.

My sister forwards me stoopid mass emails with eleventy bazillion email addresses appended. Or the occasional family photo of a trip with the message "We had fun. More latter."

I wish my sister was more like your brother... Or you, for that matter!
RW said…
We use nalgene bottles - I am wondering what your bro thinks of the new trend of metal containers....
MizMell said…
LOVE those Brita water pictchers. I haven't used one since I moved to the boonies, though. We have a well and the water is just marvelous.
Kim said…
1. Where is his blog.

2. All of this was worthwhile just for this comment:
I once got doodie square on my water bottle spout...it was awful.

I don't even know what that means, but it made me laugh. And anything that does that at the mo is a good good thing.
Kim said…
And what Badger said.
Katy said…
I use Nalgene bottles (or did, when I worked in offices and scene shops and not a living room). I have a 32 oz one that is covered in stickers, well-loved and has a splashgaurd (best couple of dollars I ever spent at a mall). It fits perfectly in the mesh/elastic pocket on the side of my backpack. Also, I have a 16 oz bottle because it is cute. Doesn't fit very well anywhere except my purse, which it is perfect for. Doesn't really hold enough water for more than a few hours.

Good luck with all the choices. In a few months, will you show us what your boys put on the bottles?
Yes I have Sigg bottles too for the kids -but they were so expensive I made them part of their christmas presents a couple of years ago.

What an amazing email.

And yes he should have a blog!
jenny said…
Okay, I don't have much of an opinion on the whole plastic bottle issue (we own a few of the wide mouth ones and I'm clutzy and end up sloshing water onto myself) I have to say, that everytime I thought it was done. There was more! On plastic bottles! And it was good fun to read. Thanks for posting. And by the time I got to the end I was all "where is his blog?" And there was your label. N5ce. Sh5t The 2eyb6ard d5ed and n6w s60e 6f the 3etters are ty-5ng as n40bers. What the f4c2...
paula said…
Love my Britta!

Love my Nalgene!

My water bottled is tapered in the middle so it's easy to hold, but the men around here like the bigger ones.
Caset said…
i had a beloved, bestickered wide mouth 32 oz bottle given to me by a student long ago and then left it in finals freshman year. it was an incredibly sad moment. i bought myself the 16 oz to replace it, and while it's really only enough for a couple hours, i don't spill on myself and i can throw it in my purse (both mentioned by people above) and it's really the perfect size for byo g&ts...
elena jane said…
i want these for my kids, but i'd be afraid they'd take them to school and lose them!! love the reviews...awesome :-)
emlyn said…
I use a Sigg bottle. The Nalgenes my wife bought all melted in the dishwasher. You'd have thought we would have caught on after the first one, but no...
Alice said…
Now ask him this...
I fill up my Nalg every morning and leave for school, however finish it quite early in the day, leaving me forced to fill it with non filtered gross school water.
Why can't Nalgene (or do they already) offer some sort of lid that would filter the water too?
Answer me that, wilderness man.
Please and thank you.