EcoUsable Product Review and Giveaway

>> Friday, February 12, 2010

After the reusable water bottle challenge, a couple people asked me where I got the bottle my son is drinking out of. Well, here's your answer:

ECOUSABLE REVIEW

EcoUsable carries two types of bottles: standard stainless steel bottles in 10, 16, and 33 oz. sizes, and Ech2o Filtered water bottles in 18 and 25 oz. sizes. They also carry a wide variety of Water Wrapz - a sleeve that fits around the bottles for a comfortable hold and stylish look. Each standard bottle comes with a color coordinated carabiner so you can attach your bottle to your purse, bag, or backpack, and sports caps are also available. The Ech2o bottles contain a filter that will remove a variety of contaminants and can be used to filter up to 100 gallons of water. They come with a flip top.

Before I contacted EcoUsable about doing a review, we already had one of each type of bottle, so you can probably already guess that I like them. I especially like the standard bottles. With all of the stainless steel water bottles flooding the market, why do I like these bottles so much?

I think EcoUsable is a perfect stainless steel water bottle for kids. Here's why:
  • They have a slim, easy to hold design.
  • The 10 oz. and 16 oz. sizes are perfect for small and medium-sized kids.
  • The loop caps attach with a "half loop turn," which makes them easy to get on and off.
  • The sports caps are perfect for small kids that can't handle the loop cap.
  • The bottles come in fun colors and patterns.
  • The affordable Water Wrapz make it possible to spice up a bottle your child has fallen out of love with.
  • The price is not exorbitant.
I'm less enthusiastic about the Ech2o bottles - not because I don't think they're great but because I don't have as much need for that type of bottle in my life, and they are very pricey. But I think you should give the Ech2o a look if you have any of the following needs:
  • You don't like the taste of your tap water.
  • You're concerned about the quality of your city's tap water and are often away from home.
  • You camp/hike/backpack and need to filter water from rivers or lakes.
  • You want a filtered water bottle for your 72-hour emergency kit.
  • You want to keep a filtered water bottle in your car for emergencies.
Packaging
  • The water bottles arrived at my door in a cardboard box stuffed with newspaper. The bottles themselves are encased in a biodegradable baggie. Personally, I'm not a fan of bioplastics and think the bottles would be just fine shipping without the baggies. The sports caps are individually packaged in regular plastic.
Materials
  • All EcoUsable bottles are made of 304 food grade stainless steel and can be recycled at the end of their lives. Unlike aluminum bottles, stainless steel bottles do not leach and require no inner lining. The caps are made of #5 BPA-free plastic. On the bottom of each bottle is a non-slip pad made of non-toxic ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) - check out Healthy Child Healthy World for more info on EVA. The Water Wrapz are 70% polyester and 30% natural latex rubber.
Manufacturing
  • EcoUsable bottles are made in China, although the Ech2o filters are produced in the U.S. Regarding manufacturing, EcoUsable says:
To keep prices affordable we responsibly produce our bottles in China. We have an experienced and dependable team in China that visits the manufacturing facility on a regular basis. Our factory staff are all over 19 years of age, paid competitive wages for the area, and have a safe working environment. We hand inspect each shipment to ensure that EcoUsable's high quality standard is maintained. You can rest assured that we work in a socially responsible manner to bring you the highest quality bottle at a reasonable price.
Quality
  • Stainless steel is a long-lasting, durable material, and both the standard bottles and the Ech2o seem well-constructed. However, unless you are ultra careful, expect that your bottle will get dents and scuffs.
Affordability
  • The standard bottles range in price from $12.50 to $18.50, a typical price for a good stainless steel water bottle. As I already mentioned, the 25 oz. Ech2o bottles are very pricey at $40 each. (Unfortunately, I don't have the price on the 18 oz. bottles.) I personally think the Ech2o is less of an everyday use bottle and more of a special occasion bottle for situations like camping, hiking, backpacking, and emergencies.
Availability
  • EcoUsable bottles are available in 1,500 retail stores nationwide and of course online at ecousable.com. You can also purchase bottles branded with your group's logo for fundraising and promotional purposes.
Visit ecousable.com for more information and to purchase your own EcoUsable bottles!

GIVEAWAY


EcoUsable sent me everything but the kitchen sink for this giveaway. I have a 33 oz. standard bottle, two 16 oz. standard bottles, one 10 oz. standard bottle, one 25 oz. Ech2o, two 18 oz. Ech2os, five Water Wrapz, and two sports caps.

So that means, lucky readers, that there will be two winners of this giveaway! The first place winner will get his/her choice of four water bottles, three wrapz, and one sports cap. The second place winner will get what's left (including three water bottles, two wrapz, and one sports cap).

To enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post stating why you use a reusable water bottle. If you haven't switched to a reusable bottle yet, you can say why you want to switch.
  • You can earn up to two extra entries by sharing this post on Facebook or tweeting it on Twitter and then leaving a comment for each thing that you do. This is completely based on the honor system, and remember that each comment is a separate entry.
You have until next Thursday, February 18 to enter. I'll randomly select two winners and announce the results next Friday. Good luck!

Comments are closed. The 1st place winner is DownDoggin in MN, who wrote:
I use a reusable water bottle because it's better for the planet, easy, cheap, and I can't see any reason not to. Here's my two cents for the day; you can fill them 3/4 of the way, throw them in the freezer and use them to keep you cooler cold on camping trips, when the ice melts you have extra drinking water...and I fill my bottle up at gas stations using the soda machines, nine out of ten times there's a water tab on them. It's an easy way to continue using your bottle without having to fill it in the gas station bathroom and it's free :)
The 2nd place winner is Wonder-ful, who wrote:
I was just talking to my grandma about trying a reusable water bottle. I have a stainless steel one that when filled with water from the fridge, keeps is very very cold for a long time.

She uses plastic bottles and insists on having them kept in the fridge to ensure that the water is cold at any given point in time.

My arguement is that by getting her a bottle that miraculously keeps water cold for hours at a time we'd be saving a butt-load of money and our sanity (as we're the ones going back and fourth between her and the fridge)

I'm entering for her.
Congratulations to both of you! Please email me with your address to consciousshopperblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

If you don't win this giveaway, don't worry...all is not lost. You can use the coupon code ECO10 to receive 10 percent off of the purchase of your very own EcoUsable water bottle.

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  • Disclosure: EcoUsable sent me several water bottles to be able to write this review but did not compensate me in any other way. Most of the information in this review comes from EcoUsable's website, but the opinions are entirely my own.

18 comments:

Wonder-ful February 12, 2010 at 12:40 AM  

I was just talking to my grandma about trying a reusable water bottle. I have a stainless steel one that when filled with water from the fridge, keeps is very very cold for a long time.

She uses plastic bottles and insists on having them kept in the fridge to ensure that the water is cold at any given point in time.

My arguement is that by getting her a bottle that miraculously keeps water cold for hours at a time we'd be saving a butt-load of money and our sanity (as we're the ones going back and fourth between her and the fridge)

I'm entering for her.

Robyn February 12, 2010 at 5:58 AM  

I got into the habit of using a water bottle when I was in the Peace Corps- but we were told to bring Nalgene bottles and that's what I've used. I've actually been using the same one for the past 5 years (I got it when I got home) but I haven't made the switch over to stainless and I would love to. Or even the filter bottles- I think that totally cool too. I love to hike and having one for emergencies is a good idea. :)

Robyn February 12, 2010 at 5:59 AM  

I also posted a link on Facebook. I don't do twitter- it kinda scares me. Although I have a slight crush on one of the founders of Twitter based on a BBC interview I heard with him- something about his voice and the way he articulated himself.......

Samantha February 12, 2010 at 6:40 AM  

a friend told me about how much oil it takes to make a plastic water bottle. I was so surprised--it just shocked me into dumping the habit. now I notice them everywhere, professional meetings, running races, PTO. it drives me nuts!

Emily February 12, 2010 at 10:35 AM  

We're experimenting, and have yet to completely switch - we usually use cups and get water from the fridge and then re-use bottles in the car. My biggest worry is if/when the boys spill. Thanks for helping me think about our options. :)

bashtree February 12, 2010 at 10:35 AM  

I'd like to switch to a reusable bottle because I don't like the plastic taste I find in water from plastic bottles. Most of the time I will drink water from a glass, but on the road that isn't really feasible.

Emily February 12, 2010 at 10:36 AM  

I've also posted a link on Facebook - good way to get the word out.

Caitlin February 12, 2010 at 11:15 AM  

I don't have a metal bottle yet, but gave up plastic ones a long time ago...with the result that if I can't find a water fountain while I'm out I just go thirsty. Silly, I know. But, so anyways, this would really help me out!

cpcable February 12, 2010 at 12:01 PM  

I gave up the bottled water habit when I decided to give up as much plastic as possible. The amount of waste they produce and the fact that they never biodegrade bothered me, but the final nail in the coffin was when I started learning about all the toxins that leach out of them.

I have a Klean Kanteen that I use all the time, but I have several family members that I'm trying to convert. They're all willing, but they're at that stage of change where they're not quite motivated enough yet to actually go out and buy a stainless steel bottle. Being able to give them one would definitely increase the likelihood that they would use them.

-Courtney
http://alifesustained.blogspot.com

Jeanne February 12, 2010 at 12:31 PM  

I'd love to start using a reusable water bottle so that I can stay more hydrated (def. a problem for me here in AZ) while at the same time saving money.

Mandy Mc February 13, 2010 at 12:20 AM  

I love the convenience of having something to drink with me whenever I need it. Plus it reminds me to stay hydrated. I'm a graduate student so I spend a lot of time in the library. Reusable water bottles are perfect for library use (and there's always a water fountain nearby for refills!).

KaKi February 13, 2010 at 11:08 AM  

I have not quite made this switch yet. It is my next step. I have several Nalgene bottles that my kids needed for sports, but I like the idea of stainless steel. so we bought one for this school year. Of course, now we all fight over it!!! So I would love to win!!! :-)

KaKi February 13, 2010 at 11:08 AM  

I have twittered about this give away!

KaKi February 13, 2010 at 11:09 AM  

I have put this on facebook!

Reece,  February 14, 2010 at 12:03 AM  

Hi,
I have a great little reusable bottle that I use all the time. But I need one for my husband now. I have been trying (without being too pushy)to get my mother in-law to stop buying plastic water bottles. Maybe she just needs a reusable bottle also. Great Giveaway!!

DownDoggin in MN February 16, 2010 at 1:30 PM  

I use a reusable water bottle because it's better for the planet, easy, cheap, and I can't see any reason not to. Here's my two cents for the day; you can fill them 3/4 of the way, throw them in the freezer and use them to keep you cooler cold on camping trips, when the ice melts you have extra drinking water...and I fill my bottle up at gas stations using the soda machines, nine out of ten times there's a water tab on them. It's an easy way to continue using your bottle without having to fill it in the gas station bathroom and it's free :)

Jay Matthew Alley February 18, 2010 at 12:12 AM  

I bought stainless steel around Christmas, but my wife said if I won one of the bottles with the filters she would stop buying her case of bottled water every week. She hates our tap water.

Posted this to Facebook :)

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