I grew up on bottled water in Hong Kong because tap water, at least when we first got there, was over treated and tasted like the shallow end of your local swimming pool - not nice. However, when I moved back to the UK for university, I just couldn’t get back into drinking the British tap water. I know it sounds stupid and trivial, and that’s because it is, but I would find myself avoiding it to the point that I would get seriously dehydrated almost daily. I came up with the excuse that I could buy bottled water as my one ‘thing’ - I hardly drink alcohol, I don’t smoke, so I can treat myself to bottled water. Silly I know, but I did it for years because I hate the feeling of being even slightly thirsty (ask anyone I know, I always have a water bottle with me) and I just could not push myself to drink water out the tap when it was so easy for me to avoid. Flash forward to a month ago and, after years of wasteful consumption and the denial that came along with it, I knew it was time to change. I swiftly popped a water filter into my Amazon basket and told myself that I would give it a good go. Funnily enough (yes, I know how ridiculous and stubborn I am) the water filter pretty much gets rid of any weird taste and produces pretty inoffensive water.
That was one problem solved but what about carrying it around? I, along with most of you out there, have had a troublesome past with non-disposable water bottles. They leak, they break, they leak some more. No es bueno. After a bit of research, I decided to copy my younger sister and buy her water bottle of choice - the BKR. Made of glass and enclosed in a silicone sleeve, this bad boy is hardcore. “Glass?" You might think - “Surely that’s useless for travelling?” That’s where you’d be wrong; its signature silicone sleeve protects the glass from pretty much everything I’ve thrown at it so far, including being knocked off the side of the sofa by a pesky puppy! What’s more, the glass doesn’t alter the taste of the water like plastic and metal can, which makes it a winner in my books. BKR claims that the water bottle has been meticulously designed for functionality and this I can attest to. The mouth of the bottle is the perfect size for both sipping and gulping, the silicone has a good grip, it has a sealed, leak-free design, the lid is perfectly angled for carrying and it’s dishwasher friendly without having to remove the sleeve. Made from BPA-free, phthalate-free and FDA approved materials, you at least know that your money is going to a good quality, recyclable product that does not only what it’s made to do, but does it well.
The website itself it a bit over the top when it comes to their mission and the story behind the bottle - "inspiring sippers to drink water like it’s a special treat and helping create the foundation for a gorgeous complexion so skincare and makeup can do their work…” - but if you can get past the Hollywood-style marketing mumbo-jumbo, then you’ll be able to see this for what it’s worth: a very good water bottle. Versatile, sturdy and designed down to the last detail to make it as practical as possible, I’m a huge fan of my 1L BKR and I am even considering grabbing a 500ml version to pop in my handbag.