Some of you who spend time with me would have probably noticed that I have been drinking from what looks suspiciously like beer at various times in the day. People who see me drink from my glass bottle invariably pass a comment that relates my drinking beer in the daytime to depression, or are slightly alarmed by such unusual behaviour. I then point out that it is actually water, and even the original beverage is Bundaberg. Peachee flavour if the bottle is amber, and lemon lime & bitters if the bottle is green (I am currently cycling between two glass bottles).
Why Bundaberg? It’s not necessarily for a convenient explanation of non-alcoholism. Rather, it’s the only make of glass bottle in my country I’ve seen that comes with a screw cap (in my country at least), hence it’s reusable.
The most probable second comment is usually, “I’ll be scared of dropping it.” I then reply that since I started carrying a glass bottle a few months ago, I have never dropped my bottle and caused it to break. That’s because I am aware that it’s a glass bottle, so I grip it tightly whenever I drink from it. It’s the same mentality when you hold a porcelain mug.
Of course, the third question would be ‘why?’. I have a few reasons for carrying a glass bottle.
Firstly, I don’t want to use a disposable plastic bottle. In addition to the health concerns when it is reused, they are also difficult to recycle and bad for the environment.
Then why don’t I carry a reusable metal or plastic bottle? The problem since I’ve tried to move away from disposable plastic bottles is that environmentally friendly options tend to come in bigger sizes and their bulkiness makes them cumbersome to carry around. Only Bundaberg glass bottles come in a size as compact as a disposable plastic bottle.
Furthermore, water in glass bottles tastes really good. Glass is very inert so it does not affect the taste of the water. Water in metal bottles has a clean taste too, but I am eschewing it for the reason above. My experience with drinking from reusable plastic bottles is that after a few refills, the bottle inherits a slight odour probably caused by bacteria in your saliva.
Are there any caveats to using my glass bottle? One problem is that it is hard to ascertain by sight whether the glass is clean, because my bottles are coloured so any discolourations would be difficult to perceive. It is also not easy to clean, as my toothbrush is unable to clean the bottom of the bottle and only the sides. I was thinking of filling it up with hot water once in a while to kill any germs, but I wonder if it would cause the bottle to shatter due to expansion and contraction of the glass.
But I haven’t fallen sick from prolonged use of my glass bottle yet, so it’s been quite a successful experiment so far.
Do consider using a glass bottle if you are environmentally conscious but find reusable metal and plastic bottles too bulky. It is a good alternative. Although if anyone knows where I can find uncoloured glass bottles with a screw cap, let me know.
On an unrelated note, Happy New Year everyone! This year looks like it will be very exciting.