In times gone by it wouldn’t have received a second glance, but today, a single-use plastic water bottle is widely considered an unfashionable accessory.
Growing awareness about climate change and the disastrous environmental impacts of single-use plastics, as well as the booming health and wellbeing industry’s fixation on hydration, are all factors that have led to the birth of the reusable water bottle obsession.
There are even memes floating around about having an ‘emotional support water bottle’.
Reusable water bottles really are worth the hype. Not only are they Mother Nature’s top choice, but they’re also better for your wallet and your overall health.
If you’re in the market for a new water bottle, we’re here to help you find the perfect vessel to match your own personal taste and lifestyle.
Read on for our guide to the 8 best eco-friendly water bottles.
Why Opt for a Reusable, Recyclable Drink Bottle?
While disposable plastic water bottles are accessible and easy to grab when you’re on the go, this convenience comes at a cost for the environment, your wallet, and your health.
Reusable and recyclable bottles come out on top on all three fronts.
They’re Better for the Environment
According to the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment, Australians used 3.5 million tonnes of plastic from 2018 to 2019.
One million tonnes of Australia’s annual plastic consumption comes from single-use plastics. To put this into context, it’s estimated that by 2050, the amount of plastic in the oceans will outweigh the amount of fish.
That’s a pretty confronting statistic.
Unfortunately, the environmental damage caused by single-use plastic bottles carries right through from the water being sourced to when you discard its packaging.
Bottled water is first pumped out of the ground, then packaged and transported, and finally, chilled. This process creates 60,000 tons of greenhouse gases each year in Australia.
On top of that, the manufacturing and transportation of plastic bottles require over 460,000 barrels of oil.
The damage doesn’t stop once the bottles are in our hands. In fact, 84% of the plastic we consume is sent to landfills, a significant portion of which comes from plastic bottles. Only 13% of the plastic we consume is recycled.
Once in landfills, plastic bottles take around 450 years to break down, leaching harmful toxins into the water slowly over time.
Approximately 130,000 tonnes of plastic leak into the marine environment every year, releasing chemicals and plastic fragments that are hazardous to birds, marine wildlife, and fish.
Once in the oceans, the plastics break down into small, toxic particles known as plastic smog. The smog absorbs other pollutants and is ingested by sea animals who starve due to a lack of adequate nutrients.
Reusable water bottles, however, are not disposed of this way as they’re designed to be used for years.
Most reusable water bottles are crafted from recyclable materials, meaning at the end of their useful lives, they will not end up in landfills or in oceans harming local wildlife.
The environmental impact is undeniable and startling, but you may also be surprised to learn how much money is spent on single-use bottled water.
The average cost of a disposable plastic water bottle is $3.50.
While this may not seem significant, this makes disposable bottled water 2000 times more expensive than tap water.
There’s a lot of money to be saved by purchasing a reusable water bottle for a higher cost up-front, but using it consistently for years and filling it up with tap water instead.
They’re Better for Your Health
There’s mounting evidence to support the idea that plastic bottled water is bad for our health/
One study found that several bottled water brands were deficient in essential minerals, such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
Another study found that 20% of bottled water samples had concentrations of fluoride, chlorine, and nitrate that exceeded those outlined as safe by the World Health Organisation.
Another key health concern associated with plastic bottled water surrounds the chemicals released from the bottle itself, such as bisphenol A (BPA).
BPA has been linked to breast cancer and several other dangerous health conditions.
Most non-plastic reusable water bottles — including every bottle shared below — are BPA-free and toxin-free, meaning that the bottle’s materials won’t leach harmful chemicals into its liquid contents.
Finding the Right Sustainable Water Bottle for You
There are a few things to consider when selecting your new water bottle.
Firstly, you’ll need to work out which size works best for you. If you’re carrying it around with you all day and won’t be able to refill it, a bigger bottle will work well. But if you’re taking it with you for a few hours or to locations with a drinking water tap, a smaller bottle will work perfectly (plus, it’ll be easier to lug around!).
The type of lid on the bottle is also an important factor. Some lids twist off completely, while some flip open and lock shut, and others have a straw you can sip from. Consider when and where you’ll be using your bottle. If you’re using it while driving or being active, a twist-off cap and wide-mouth bottle will be a bit ‘splashy’. But if you’re just using it at work at your desk, a twist-off cap won’t present any issues.
Lastly, consider the material of the bottle. Some reusable bottles are made from ceramic, some from glass, and others from recycled materials. If you like your water cold, an insulated bottle would be ideal. For the room-temperature water-lovers, a glass bottle will do the trick.
Best Eco-Friendly Water Bottles
Time to go shopping!
Below, we’ve compiled a list of the best eco-friendly reusable water bottles, no matter your style preference or lifestyle.
Let’s dive straight in.
Best Water Bottle with a Straw: Frank Green Original Bottle Jumbo Straw
Available Lids: Twist lid with a straw insert
Available Colours: Clear bottle with orange or yellow lid
It’ll come as no surprise that Frank Green is appearing on our list (twice!).
The Aussie-made and designed bottles have built up somewhat of a cult following, and for good reason.
The bottles are practical, durable, and stylish; the perfect hydro-accessory.
This Frank Green design features a clear glass bottle with a twist lid and inbuilt straw insert. It’s FDA-approved and BPA-free, so you can enjoy your beverage with the peace of mind that no harmful chemicals are making their way into your system.
This zero-waste bottle is ideal for smoothies, juice, tea, or water. It’s cup holder-friendly too — bring it along in the car or to the movies!
The bottle also features a non-slip grip and it’s spill-proof, so it’s safe for even the clumsiest hands.
Best Water Bottle for Kids: Pura Kiki Insulated Straw Bottle
Available Lids: Straw, sports lid, sippy lid
Available Colours: Blue, Green, Grey, Pink Swirl
We love this stainless steel bottle for little ones aged 6+ months.
The best part is that this Pura Kiki bottle is compatible with a range of Pura Kiki lids; the straw lid, sports lid, and sippy lid. As your child grows, the bottle grows with them. Simply swap out the lids!
The no-spill straw top, grippy silicone sleeve, and slim profile are perfect for little ones just getting the hang of holding a bottle.
This bottle insulates warm and cool drinks for 6 hours and is free from all the nasties, including BPA, BPS, EA, PVC, HAP, and Phthalates.
It’s recyclable at the end of its useful life, so it’s great for the planet, too!
Best Water Bottle Tumbler: Cheeki Insulated Stainless Steel Tumbler
Available Lids: Twist lid with straw holder
Available Colours: A range of fun summery patterns and colours!
This stylish stainless steel bottle is designed to house cold drinks on hot days. In fact, the vacuum technology provides 6 hours of insulation for your favourite cool beverage.
It mimics the sleek, classic takeaway cup design but does it better; without harming the environment or our health.
We love filling this one up with iced coffee, juice, or ice water on a sweltering summer day. The bottle is designed to fit into a standard cup holder space and is spill-safe.
You can recycle the BPA-free bottle once you’re done with it — in several years’ time, of course!
Best Glass Water Bottle: Soulbottles Glass Water Bottle
Available Lids: Swing top
Available Colours: A range of fun designs on a clear, glass bottle
These plastic-free glass bottles are the perfect addition to any desk set-up.
The glass is 100% recyclable, and each bottle is made from at least 20% recycled glass — a truly circular, sustainable option!
The glass is non-leaching and the bottle comes with a handle for easy carrying. The bottle is environmentally-sound right down to the leak-proof rubber gusset, which is made from natural rubber from the Caoutchouc tree.
Want to feel even better about your purchase? For every bottle bought, the equivalent of one Euro is donated to the WASH project, which aims to improve water, sanitation and hygiene in North India and East Nepal.
This bottle is not suitable for boiling drinks or oil.
Best Insulated Water Bottle: EcoVessel Boulder Triple Insulated Bottle
Available Lids: Attached twist top, flip spout lid
Available Colours: Slate, Aqua, Black, Blue Gradient, Pink/Peach Gradient, Purple/Green Gradient, Green/Blue Gradient
EcoVessel’s Boulder Triple Insulated Bottle uses TriMax Triple Insulation technology to keep cold things cold for a whopping 90 hours, and hot things hot for a lengthy 18 hours.
It also features a convenient carry handle, making it perfect for those long road trips, hikes, or camping trips!
The bottle even comes with a strainer for fruit and tea, so you can enjoy whichever beverage you fancy.
It’s BPA-free, leak-proof, and condensation-resistant, containing a stainless steel inner layer, copper middle, vacuum centre, and stainless steel outer layer. It takes insulation seriously!
To take a sip, simply screw the top cap off. To fill and clean the bottle, open up the larger lid.
Be sure to recycle this one at the end of its useful life.
Best Ceramic Reusable Bottle: Frank Green Ceramic Bottle
Available Lids: Push button, straw
Available Colours: A rainbow of colours!
When it comes to ceramic water bottles, we can’t look past Frank Green.
They really are the experts in ceramic, reusable bottles that are built to last.
This ceramic-lined, insulated bottle arrives in a rainbow of colours, so there’s something for everyone, no matter your preferred colour palette. This lining also stops that nasty metallic flavour from leaking in.
The triple-wall, vacuum-insulated body is designed to keep your drink hot if it’s hot and cold if it’s cold — Frank Green says no to lukewarm water.
You can choose between a push button or straw lid, both of which are spill-resistant.
This premium stainless steel, BPA-free bottle is recyclable.
Best Sports Water Bottle: Cheeki Active Classic Water Bottle
Available Lids: TriTech spout lid
Available Colours: Black, Blue, Navy
If you’re looking for a water bottle you can use while exercising, the Cheeki Active Classic Bottle is our top pick.
The bottle features a rubber base for soft landings, taking the stress out of accidental drops while you’re working out.
Fully equipped with a double-wall vacuum insulator, this stainless steel bottle will keep your iced drinks cold for 24 hours.
It also features a leak proof lid with three adjustable flow settings, which comes in very handy when you’re sipping during a run.
Cheeki’s bottles are Aussie-owned, 100% recyclable, and toxin-free.
Best Thermos Water Bottle: Thermos King Vacuum Insulated Bottle
Available Lids: Flip lid
Available Colours: Red, Blue, Grey
A thermos water bottle is a must-have if you frequent sports games during the winter or enjoy long beach days during the summer.
It’s all in the name, really — the team at Thermos King know what they’re doing!
This thermos will keep your drink hot for 18 hours, or your icy beverage cold for 24 hours. The smooth flow leak-proof lid is ideal for when you’re on the go; the flip lid even features a security latch for extra protection.
The rugged design makes it the perfect accessory for your next outdoor adventure.
Shop the Best Earth-Friendly Drink Bottles
When you invest in a reusable water bottle, you’re making a better choice for the planet, your finances, and your health.
You can shop our picks for the best eco-friendly water bottles, and plenty more from the leading brands in the space, online at Biome.