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I am light green right now; always working on improvement. I understand plastic disposable water bottles = bad for the environment (and the wallet). I use plastic reusable waterbottles now, just free ones I've gotten fro promotions and stuff. I'm sure they are leaking PBA or something into our water...

I really like the look of the Sigg and it seems so cool, but I am super cheap and it literally hurts my chest to think about buying a Sigg waterbottle for each of my family members and spending $80!

Help convince me that this would be a good investment!

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This was hard for me too but I had to come to the conclusion that drinking out of plastic water bottles was unacceptable and proceed from there. If you won't drink out of plastic then your options are to use a glass or buy a water bottle.

There are a few less expensive alternatives. You could buy a Sobe bottle, drink the Sobe and then use the bottle until it breaks (it's glass). My friend runs them through the dishwasher and everything. Not as durable as a Sigg or one of the stainless steel ones but then again you get what you pay for

By the way, the stainless steel ones can be found for less than the Sigg's. You might check into those. I have some of these: http://www.amazon.com/New-Wave-Envir...8708564&sr=8-5

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This was hard for me too but I had to come to the conclusion that drinking out of plastic water bottles was unacceptable and proceed from there.
I agree...I didn't know how much they were until I went to the store to get one, and I was like "ouch...20 bucks?" But I knew I needed to make the switch.

DH wasn't sold on the $20 either, until he saw my bottle and drank from it...then he said "Do they have normal colors?" (Mine is a little too colorful for him ) I said yes, and he said "Well, I guess I wouldn't mind having one of my own."

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i'm with the pp's.......it's just something that we decided HAD to be done at our house. i had to FORCE my husband to pick out a klean kanteen because he had been putting his iced tea into an old (and i mean O.L.D.) gatorade bottle to take to work everyday......:Puke

so i logged onto resusablebags.com (where i bought our grocery totes), and i got the very small (12 oz) stainless steel bottles for my kids lunchboxes and my hubby got a huge (40 oz) bottle for work. and ya know what??? he LOVES it now!

we just planned a big long beach vacation for this summer, so today i ordered 2 larger (27 oz) for the kids, and 1 huge (40 oz) bottle for me to have on hand for water/drinks at the beach......without buying a bunch of bottled water/juice. they are some of the best money we've spent.

right now reusablebags.com has a coupon code for 20% off your total order.....which may help with the cost. the coupon code is: f70838

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vm9799, thanks for the coupon code! I needed an insulated sleeve for mine, and I'll go ahead and order a Sigg for DH off of their website. I've had that website bookmarked

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vm9799, thanks for the coupon code! I needed an insulated sleeve for mine, and I'll go ahead and order a Sigg for DH off of their website. I've had that website bookmarked
you're very welcome! i always google "reusablebags.com coupon code" before making a purchase as they seem to always have some sort of promotion going on. the last time i ordered the promo was a free ACME recycled PET shopping tote with any order over $25. these are the grocery totes that i use anyway, so i was happy to get another one for free!

the place that i keep finding the most coupon codes is this site:
http://www.retailmenot.com/view/reusablebags.com which i now have bookmarked!

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Awesome, I'm going to bookmark that. Thanks!

I just placed my order and saved about 14 dollars! That was like a free little bottle for our 2 yr old.

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Just popping in to also say thanks for the code. I have been trying to make this switch also.
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We love our bottles, have one for everyone in the family.
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I had to bite the bullet on that one too. I'm not necessarily frugal but even that seemed high to me. Then again, its safer than drinking out of glass when driving or riding in a car - plus its great for hikes (the glass is a bit heavy).
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We love our Sigg bottles, they were well worth the investment.
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Just popping in to also say thanks for the code. I have been trying to make this switch also.

you're welcome!

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Thanks for the code too!! I saved $25!!!

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I have new wave enviro bottles, and I drink out of glass glasses at home, refilling the metal bottle for the fridge and refilling my glass from my 2, over and over again.

I hate plastic, and I don't care how many times 'they' say it's safe. I won't use it.

I spent $60 buying a set of bottles and I'm fine with that. (The kids and I each have 2, dh isn't on board, but he also drinks diet soda, ugh. I honestly don't think I've ever seen him drink a glass of water, ever.

I personally wouldn't pay extra for siggs.

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yay! i'm so glad others got use out of the coupon code! :

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FYI, I bought my Siggs off of www.sierratradingpost.com It was a couple of years ago so I don't remember exactly what I paid, but it was less than half retail. So you might try checking there too.
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I just bought a New Wave Enviro 355ml bottle for my dd's lunchbox. It was $10, half the price of the Klean Kanteen one we had previously bought for her brother. The two bottles look identical.
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Thanks for the coupon code!
I actually opted to get mine through REI since I get a dividend as a member (and I had a 20% coupon from my dividend notice).

Finally on board with SS for the whole family.

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thanks for the coupon code I just bought some cute kids lunchbags.
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Just popping in to also say thanks for the code. I have been trying to make this switch also.

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Thanks, Mamas.... great thread and great responses. The coupon code and links have me prepared to make the switch today.

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Yay for the coupon code. I already had my order figured out and was just waiting for DH to hand over the credit card... now we were able to get it for $15 less!
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Yay! I was finally able to sway my husband to make the switch even for himself. The $20 savings pushed him over the edge, I'm clearing the cupboard of our plastic bottles today.

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Just wanted to add that I use my Kleen Kanteen bottle everyday all day long - even when we're at home. It's an easy way to evaluate how much water I"m drinking and with small children around I don't have to worry about spills, plus at night it's nice to have something to drink from that has a cap for those middle of the night thirsty moments. I have them filled for the kids at the start of the day and they just grab and drink whenever they want. Sometimes I draw fun pictures of whatever my littlest one is into (right now ladybugs) with a sharpy on the stainless steel - it lasts a few days and he loves it - extra encouragement to keep hydrated!
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Yea! I saved $11 with the coupon code....and we got 3 KK's, One KK Sippy Cap, and a lunch tote for $56 shipped! The Klean Kanteen's are on sale for anyone looking at those.

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Another thank you for the code!

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Thanks Vickie, we saved $15 on one water bottle for each of our family too. Ugh, I am SO CHEAP I hate to spend the money, but hopefully they last a long time and are worth it in the long run.

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i'm so glad to hear the coupon code is still working and so many are taking advantage of it!

we really love our kleen kanteens! maybe i should get back over there and use that coupon code on another order before it expires!

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I bought a bunch of New Wave Enviro bottles that were colored and the colored coating flakes off and gets everywhere! I dont think that is very safe, unless you can get all of the coating off, which I have not been able to do. Grrr, so just a heads up.
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We use Klean Kanteens, adn I love them. At home, we drink out of glass, but I have a few KK's for each of us that I fill with RO water and store in teh fridge. My kids use 12oz or 18oz, and I use a 27oz or 40oz.

My 8yo is having a Bday party this weekend. Instead of the traditional goodie bag, we're decorating KK's with paint pens, adn each girl will take theirs home.

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I bought a bunch of New Wave Enviro bottles that were colored and the colored coating flakes off and gets everywhere! I dont think that is very safe, unless you can get all of the coating off, which I have not been able to do. Grrr, so just a heads up.
wow. I've had mine for a while now, and I use them daily, even dropped and dented one, and I haven't had that happen at all.

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