The most beautiful water bottle ever?

The Kor Hydration Vessel looks like blown glass but is made of BPA-free plastic.

Kor Hydration Vessel

A few years ago, concerns about packaging waste and my carbon footprint prompted me to abandon single-use plastic water bottles in favor of a reusable Nalgene bottle. But then, concerns about exposure to BPA prompted me to switch to a Sigg. Still, I don't care much for drinking out of aluminum, and I don't find the Sigg designs all that appealing.

If only the Kor Hydration Vessel ($30) was around when I was looking for a replacement bottle. Inspired by the look of blown glass, the 750ml bottle is made of BPA-free plastic with an integrated handle. At the touch of a button, the tight-sealing cap swivels open and reveals a mouth that's designed to be wide enough for ice cubes but small enough to minimize splashing. In a cute flourish, the disk inside the cap is designed to hold your own affirmation or amusing picture.

As a bonus, the company has agreed to donate one percent of all sales to safe water programs around the world. Talk about style and substance.

About the author

    Tech expert Michelle Thatcher grew up surrounded by gadgets and sustained by Tex-Mex cuisine. Life in two major cities--first Chicago, then San Francisco--broadened her culinary horizons beyond meat and cheese, and she's since enjoyed nearly a decade of wining, dining, and cooking up and down the California coast. Though her gadget lust remains, the practicalities of her small kitchen dictate that single-function geegaws never stay around for long.


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