Archive for February 2011

Save Money? Calculate the Cost of Bottled Water

Save Money? Calculate the Cost of Bottled Water

Here’s an easy way to save money that even the Daily Worth folks might just like: stop drinking bottled water. Instead use readily available tap water and a resuable glass water bottle. This one small step might just save you nearly $1,000 a year. How’d we find that number? The team over at New American Dream developed this handy bottled water cost calculator to help you understand just how much money you can save by making the switch.  

Go ahead, see how much you can save. 

And, after you calculate your savings, start planning what you might do with all that new-found money and let us know. Here’s how we plan to share our savings – by reinvesting into our local communities.

Video: Making a Better Glass Water Bottle

It’s taken nearly two years since Laurel’s first sketch to our final product’s debut coming in 12 short days. As we worked with industrial designers, mold-makers and glass makers, we went through many modfied versions. But our committment at every phase was to creating a bottle that was made with recycled glass, that highlighted the natural beauty of glass and that blended high design with a functional, resuable, responsible bottle.  I love this video we made showing our first bottles being made in an early phase. You’ll see the effort to heat the glass, mold the glass and refine it to finish.  It’s beautiful, don’t you agree?

bottle development bottlesuUp from bottlesUp.

BottlesUp Featured in New “Discover Design” at 2011 International Home + Housewares Show

This year at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, we’ll be one of 50 companies invited in to the special “Discover Design” section. This invitation-only area will be the section retailers have been asking for – a section dedicated to highly-styled products that will generate interest and excitement with their customers. We’ll be debuting our beautiful glass water bottles, made using ancient techniques in a modern glass-making facility. Our bottles, made up of a minimum of 75% recycled glass and food-grade silicone caps and ‘grippers’, highlight the beauty of glass. Our responsible design (created by a nationally-acclaimed glass artist), sourcing (100% sourced and made in North America) and packaging deliver a product that looks good, feels good and does good. Glass is naturally BPA-free and PVC-free, it won’t leach harmful chemicals, it leaves no residual odor or taste.  The bottle is designed to fit the natural grasp of the hand and has a wide mouth with a rounded lip.  Adding to that, we don’t use any plastics in our bottle or in our packaging – none, nada, zilch. By using glass instead of plastic, the use of one BottlesUp glass water bottle can keep 240 plastic bottles out of landfills every year.  Wouldn’t you agree the combination of beauty, functionality, and responsibility is one you’d like to see?

If you’re heading to the IHA show in Chicago, come by Booth #3971.  Come see the true beauty of glass in a better, more responsible bottle.

BottlesUp Glass Water Bottles

Glass Water Bottles from BottlesUp

For Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing the love – take a sneak peak at our glass water bottles that we’re set to debut this March.  You can see the beauty of the glass – the result of its design and of how it’s made. It’s a beautiful process, have you seen it?

What is the Housewares Show?

In our excitement to share our upcoming debut, I realized you might be asking just what is the International Home + Housewares Show?  We found this video to be a good recap of just who is at the show and just what you might expect. Enjoy!