Fab or flub?: bkr glass water bottle

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We all have dirty little habits. For some, it might be going to sleep without taking off their makeup. For others, it might be drinking straight out of the milk jug. For me, it’s buying and drinking from nonreusable plastic water bottles.

Do I know how bad plastic water bottles are for the Earth? Yes. Have I tried finding something more reusable and eco-friendly? Yes. Unfortunately, none of those water bottles have ever really worked out.

So, what was so wrong with them? The list of complaints usually varies, but most of them seem to fall victim to problems like sweating profusely, poor design and just plain lack of style.

The biggest problem, however, is that most of them are plastic. As you probably already know, housing anything in plastic always presents a risk of chemicals leeching into the liquid. And while there are BPA-free options out there, even those are not always free of other radical chemicals. After recently trying a stainless-steel water bottle and not liking it, I figured my next option was to find something made of glass.

That’s where the bkr (pronounced beaker) comes in. Available at Neiman Marcus and mybkr.com for $30, the bkr was created by friends Tal Winter and Kate Cutler as a water bottle that is both environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing. The compact water bottles are made from a sturdy, thick glass wrapped in a colorful silicone cover and can hold up to 16 ounces of liquid. They’re also dishwasher-safe and have a cap with a no-leak seal.

If that doesn’t sell you on the bkr, then maybe the fact celebrities like Blake Lively, Gisele Bundchen and Jessica Alba have all been photographed carrying the brightly colored bottles will. Speaking of those bright colors, they are inspired by fashion designs seen on the runways and change seasonally.

A bottle that has style and is free from chemicals and good for the environment? I was immediately sold on the idea.

First impression

When I got my bkr water bottle, I was surprised that even though it was made of a thick glass, it wasn’t heavy. In fact, even after I filled it with water it still felt pretty much the same weight.

The bigger surprise, however, was the bottle’s shape. Compared with the tall, slender water bottles I’ve owned in the past, the bkr is short and kind of chubby. My small hands weren’t able to grip around the entire bottle because of this, but that didn’t create any problems, as the silicone cover added traction.

I found the bottle’s mouth to be small compared with other open-mouthed water bottles and its cap design perfect for toting around. The best part of the bottle, however, was its aesthetics. The bkr is pretty, and the color options are super trendy and fun. Just the way I like my water bottle.

Fab or flub?

Fab! The bkr has pretty much changed the way I drink water, the biggest change being that I stopped buying plastic water bottles and got rid of the reusable water bottles I already had. Overall, I’ve really enjoyed using a glass water bottle instead of one that is plastic or stainless steel.

The bkr fits perfectly into my car’s cup holders, and I haven’t had any problems with leaking or spillage. In general, the water tastes better and I enjoy not having to worry if anything is leeching into it.

It’s also super easy to clean — I just pop it into the dishwasher when I wash a load (either with or without the silicone cover).

With all that said, I wouldn’t say the bkr is entirely perfect. First, it does sweat slightly. Particularly when you take it out of the fridge after chilling it for several hours. The nice thing, though, was that the condensation just stuck to the silicone sleeve, so I didn’t have to worry about it trickling down and creating puddles on my work desk or wherever else I sat it down.

Also, while I found the small mouth opening to be nice for controlled drinking while running on the treadmill, it made it difficult to put ice into my water. Fortunately, I happen to have an ice tray that makes cubes small enough to fit in the opening. If you don’t, bkr does sell custom ice trays to solve this problem ($12 on the website).

All in all, I love my bkr and I can’t wait to buy a couple more. I even think they will make great gifts come Christmas.

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