Founded in 2010, by Richard and Stephanie Smiedt, bobble was inspired from a trip in Asia where they witnessed a mass amount of factory and consumer waste. In our own home, we just recently took five large lawn trash bags full of plastic water bottles to the dump. Our local trash center just started recycling plastic in July. Although this is just an example of the waste of one family, it helped me realize how switching to a single-serve water bottle can help decrease the financial and environmental cost.
A pack of 24 filtered water bottles at my local grocery store is about $5. The bobble is very reasonably priced at $10. This is part of the reason that over 40,000 retail stores are selling bobble water bottles. Some retailers include Best Buy, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Crate & Barrel, and Macy’s. Made of recycled PET, the bobble is free of BPA, phthalates, and PVC. Manufacturing is also located within the United States. The bobble houses a carbon filter that removes chlorine and organic contaminants from tap water. The filter will last about 2 months if used daily or it can be used to filter 300 bottles. Replacement filters can also be purchased.
The bobble comes in a variety of colors. The original bobble is clear with a colored top and filter. I had the opportunity to try the 24oz blue 24/7 bobble. It has an hour-glass shape which allows you to comfortably grip the bottle.
The filter is attached to the cap of the bottle so you do not have to insert it into place. Preparing the bottle for drinking is quick and easy. Before drinking from my new bobble water bottle, I filled it with tap water and squeezed water through the filter. I saw a few black carbon specks so I completed this step twice. I usually prefer an open mouth top over a cap that you have to suck the water through for drinking. However, I can forgo this feature in order to have the water filtered. You can hear the air passing through the filter after drinking so I’m not sure if I will use it in places that I need to be quiet. However, I think it will work great around the house and when going on walks.
Because we have lead in our water, we use a whole-house filtration system and also have an additional filter for our kitchen sink and fridge. It’s stated that the filter cannot be used for water that may contain harmful microbial organisms. My assumption is that the bobble water bottle does not remove lead because it did not state this on the label. I think it would have been helpful to include what contaminants the carbon filter is capable of filtering.
Overall, I think that the 24/7 bobble water bottle is a good product. I would have really enjoyed this product when I only had access to city water. After growing up on well water, I never could adjust to the taste of city water.
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