So, I don't normally review "lifestyle" products, clothing, that kind of stuff, but if you read my last article about staying healthy, an important component of that is staying hydrated. I consume a tremendous amount of water during the day, mainly because of the amount of talking I have to do while directing.
From a political perspective, I'm also very much against any kind of single-use disposable plastic product. I try not to use or buy ziploc bags or bottled water, whenever I can help it. Just seems like a waste of perfectly good oil and energy to throw stuff away like that.
Combine those two needs, and I've tried out several solutions to try and stay hydrated. The biggest problem (admittedly a "First World" problem) is I often don't like the taste of water whenever I fill up my bottle from taps or sinks. L.A. water often has a slightly sour taste.
For the last week I've been using a Brita Water Filtering Bottle. I'm very pleased with it. The plastic is BPA free, dishwasher safe, and includes a mini filter which connects directly to the sport nozzle. This helps guarantee that all water leaving the bottle is filtered. It's one of those "why didn't I think of that first" kind of ideas...
I can't speak to the claims of filtering contaminants (I don't have a lab handy), but it does significantly reduce the sour taste from my kitchen faucet. The filter should also function for about two months under normal use, though I'll probably need to replace it sooner than that.
In the brief period I've used it, the Brita has already kept me from reaching for bottle water at two of the studios I work for. If you're in need of some kind of water solution I would recommend checking one out. At most retailers it can often be found for about the same price as a comparable (but filter-less) Nalgene bottle.