If you're following my business page on Instagram (And why WOULDN'T you?! @lprestwichdesigns), you might have seen a few posts about my latest obsession: BKR Bottles.
|Spring collection 2014, Courtesy of MyBkr.com|
Pronounced "Beaker," BKR Bottles are glass water bottles protected by a silicone sleeve in an amazing range of colors. Founded by friends Tal and Kate, BKR was created as the answer to a growing dissatisfaction with drinking H20 out of ugly plastic bottles destined for the landfill. According to their website, they knew there had to be a better answer:
"We created bkr because we were intelligent, fashion-obsessed, cultured women who were drinking out of cheap, disposable plastic water bottles. It didn't compute, but we were addicted. We searched and couldn't find a reusable water bottle we loved. We wanted something clean, clear, effortless, luxurious and beautiful - that wasn't made of plastic or metal, didn't have a huge mouth, and didn't feel like camping equipment. Something we could become more attached to than plastic water bottles. From this the idea for our luxe little bkr was born."
Released seasonally in limited edition, mouth-watering colors, BKR Bottles are as luxurious as they are stunning. But what makes them worth the $30 price tag?
- Not going to lie. I fell in love with the aesthetic. It makes my little designer heart go pitter pat.
- The small drinking mouth. I severely underestimated the impact of this, but let me tell you, I haven't got a single reusable bottle in my house that is more enjoyable to drink out of. The opening is roughly the size of a regular disposable water bottle, and unlike other wide-mouth versions, I'm not spilling water all over myself All. The. Time.
- The silicone sleeve that adds so much punch to the look of the bottle serves a great purpose: shock absorption. I don't worry about minor bumps and hiccups with my bottle, because I'm fairly confident that the sleeve will protect the bottle just fine. You also don't have to remove it to wash it in the dishwasher. Just toss the whole bottle in and go! Though if you did want to remove the sleeve, it's super easy to take off and put back on.
If those reasons aren't selling you, let's talk about BKR's mission to give back. A portion of the proceeds from sales goes towards the Obakki Foundation, a non-profit that uses creative arts driven fundraisers to bring clean water initiatives to people in Africa, and the Canary Foundation, an organization dedicated to the "funding, discovery, and development of tests for early cancer detection."
Their mission statement says it all:
"We are bkr people. What we carry reflects who we are and what we love. We don't eat things we can't pronounce or marinate our water in polyethylene terephthalate. We don't accept logic like: leaching chemicals in our drinking water, awkward shaped mouthpieces during our workouts, or an island made of plastic with a 700-year zero-interest lease on development. We think three times before buying disposable. On our way out the door it's always bkr with the keys and cute clutch. And we believe that style and beauty is part of the equation. bkr = clean design, clean body, clean world. All clean everything.®"
If you're interested in BKR Bottles, you can purchase them at the following sites:
http://www.dermstore.com/list_bkr_502846.htm (They usually offer a discount and a free gift!)
http://www.amazon.com (For the Prime users!)
I'm just going to warn you, one is not enough!