Buying a tap water equivalent someone has slapped a fancy label on and packaged in a plastic bottle is both economically and ecologically unsound; we all know this. But it’s summer, and with myriad outdoor play dates, we understand how vital it is to keep our kids hydrated. So at some point we opt to purchase a reusable water bottle that meets this need – one that recent press has told us should not be a Nalgene (or other) bottle made of plastic.
We go on a search (trawling websites, questioning like-minded parents, perusing the isles of sporting goods stores) for that perfect eco-friendly metal water bottle that our kid will absolutely adore. The only problem is that most searches will turn up two ‘best’ choices, and it can be difficult to decide on which is the better of the bests.
If you’re a minimalist like my wife, you’ll go for Klean Kateen’s 12oz bottle “designed for small hands, making it easy to hold, and the large-mouth makes it easy to clean too”. If you’re like me, and can’t get enough kiddy cuteness, you’ll spring for SIGG’s “Swiss engineered” Kidz line.
The design of the SIGG bottle – pressed from one aluminum ‘blank’ – is so fetching that SIGG has been “incorporated” into MoMA NYC. SIGG Kidz offers 47 graphically embellished bottles (including a very imaginative landscape where “the mountains are made of sugar, the whales can speak and the cats can fly”). All SIGG Kidz bottles come with a snap lid, and optional accessories include carrying straps, Kidz grips and bottle pouches.
Klean Kanteen bottles, on the other hand are devoid of fussy graphical treatment and present new color choices (green moss, tree bark, pink renewal) that stylishly accent the bottles’ environmentally friendly nature. Klean Kanteen’s 12oz bottles come with “a special adapter that works with Avent’s™ patented sippy cup spout”. And the company is unabashed when stating that their bottles are so well designed that they allow parents to “put your energy into the important stuff like bedtime stories and teaching junior to say “mama” and “dahdah”, not worrying about whether your child’s bottle is leaching chemicals.”
We decided to go with my wife’s choice. Though SIGG bottles are made of aluminum which is cleaned “using ecologically friendly cleaning agents”, we decided to purchase a Klean Kanteen since it is made of “100% recyclable, high-quality, food-grade stainless steel so it doesn’t need a special lining like some other metal bottles” (ie. SIGG’s “taste-inert, food-compatible stove enamel” which lines every SIGG bottle).
In this case – as in most cases – less won over more.