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2011 International Home & Housewares Show – Making Our Debut

BottlesUp booth at the 2011 International Home + Housewares Show

Today was Day One of the International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago, it’s a HUGE show. They’ve sold out the show – 60,000 attendees, 20,000 retail buyers from all over the world, 2,000 exhibitors. It’s easy to feel like a small fish in a very big ocean at this event, but the staff at IHA has been helpful, supportive and encouraging. It’s one team in the professional association industry that goes beyond and exceeds your expectations. But more on that later…

Today is the official launch of BottlesUp, a company more than 2 years in the making and a product that has the beautiful dual story of design and environmental responsibility. Did I mention we have the lowest carbon footprint in the bottle industry? We do. We’re located in a special invitation-only section called Discover Design, it’s 70 products that the association selected for to highlight their innovation, design and progressive efforts. IHA describes the Discover Design section as, “the area will highlight inspired design from around the globe and feature companies, many of whom are attending the Show for the first time, with creative products that push the envelope of the design spectrum.” Yes, that’s us they’re talking about. Again, we felt like a small fish in a very big ocean, yet, we knew we had a product and a story to share.

And today was that day to share it all. So here is our booth in iPhone photo form, our first ever trade show – I believe our introduction makes a handsome first impression. We made terrific connections with retailers who can bring our bottles to you. The bonus, every person we spoke to loved the bottles, loved the story of design and function and wanted to hear even more. It’s nice to be heard, welcomed and valued for the story you tell and the product you offer.

Infographic: 2010 Water Consumption in the U.S.

 

I know we like to share infographics, we find their ability to share our consumption in interesting ways helps us all better understand the impact of our plastic water bottle habit.  Check out this one below from Do The Reuse Challenge that equates our U.S. water bottle consumption to fueling school buses. No matter how you look at it, we’re way over-consuming plastic.

It’s why we’re focused on giving you a better and more beautiful option.

Credit: Do the Reuse Challenge

Building a Better Glass Water Bottle

It’s been more than two years since the concept of a better glass water bottle started in Laurel’s studios. She began working on the concept of glass water bottles to replace plastic and aluminum bottles with the safer, eco-friendly and better-tasting alternative of real glass. A nationally-acclaimed glass artist, Laurel’s research took her to industrial designers, mill working shops for turned-wood molds, hot glass mold makers and hot glass manufacturers throughout the United States and Mexico. Using this information as well as her design sensibilities and knowledge of glass, she’s developed a variety of sizes and shapes of recycled glass bottles.  We fully expect to have our first glass water bottles, available for sale, in January of 2011.

In our blog, you’re going to find the stories behind our efforts to bring this bottle to production and to you. You’ll also find why we’re so committed to the product – preventing plastic pollution and promoting responsible consumption. 

We’re looking forward to getting to know you. In the meantime, feel free to post your comments or to send us your questions – we’ll do our best to answer each one.

– JS