What’s up with those wildly colorful metal bottles that urbanites have started toting around town? They’re the hottest craze in eco-friendly consumerism, that’s what. The Sigg is a re-usable aluminum water bottle that’s been available for more than 100 years, but is just now seeing its 15 minutes of fame. Is carrying a Sigg a trendy fashion statement, or a true environmental, save-the-planet move? Here are the Top 5 reasons to tote a Sigg:
5. Express yourself with color, designs, size, shape, and bottle tops. Sigg currently offers more than 3,000 bottle variations, with new versions coming out weekly. I say, if you’re drawn to one, snap it up before it’s gone. In Portland, OR, the classic 1 liter Red Traveler can be seen everywhere. Yogis are trending toward the Maharadsha Ruby model. My personal fave is the .6 liter Sunray with a no-spill drink lid.
4. All the cool kids are doing it. Featured in Time and Newsweek, as well as scores of lifestyle magazines, Sigg has been spotted in the hands of Madonna’s kids Lourdes and Rocco, as well as Cindy Crawford and David Beckham. Certainly, if you carry a Sigg, you’ll look as cool as they do, and someone will begin to pay you huge amounts of money simply for looking cool.
3. Dodge that nasty rumor about getting cancer or some other horrible disease from plastic bottles sitting in the sun. Whether the rumors turn out to be an urban legend or they possibly have a grain of truth, aluminum has proven to be a safe beverage container in all climates.
2. Enjoy knowing what your beverage will taste like. Ever tip back a bottle of water, juice, or iced tea, only to find that it has, shall we say … plastic stank? Accidentally leave your water bottle in the sun, and you’re almost guaranteed to experience this. Maybe that taste and smell isn’t carcinogenic, but I don’t want to drink it! After 3 years of drinking from Sigg on a daily basis, I can vouch that every beverage tasted the way it was supposed to. A bonus is that the aluminum tends to act a bit like a thermos; cold water stays cool longer, hot tea stay warm longer than in plastic carry bottle.
1. Refuse to fill the Landfills. You may see a hundred Siggs today, but they’re less common than the ubiquitous plastic water bottle. On a daily basis in 2007, Americans will toss 30 million plastic water bottles into landfills. Yes, that was 30 million bottles every day. Those plastic bottles are never going to decompose either, they’re a permanent blight on the face of the planet. By carrying your Sigg bottle with you, you’re less likely to contribute to that enormous plastic trash heap. And when the day comes for your Sigg to die, it’s 100% recyclable.
So, is the Sigg trendy? Yes, it’s as enticing and delicious as a bowl of gourmet jelly beans. Is it eco-friendly as well? Yes! Go get yourself one, toss it in your re-usable grocery bag, and feel good about the purchase.