They might be good for the environment but typical reusable water bottles can get moldy. Some new designs aim to change that.
The benefits of a reusable water bottle over packaged water are pretty obvious. Packaged water wastes a lot of energy and creates more trash. But typical reusable water bottles do have a downside, properly cleaning them can be a chore. So it is not surprising that people are starting to look at new design ideas to try and solve the cleaning problem.
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The Clean Bottle aims to make cleaning the gunk off the bottom of the bottle easier by having a screw-off, leak-proof cap at both ends. The removable bottom not only makes cleaning easier but also allows the bottle to easily dry out. They are made from non-toxic, BPA-free plastics. The bottle is aimed at cyclists but would probably be useful anywhere. The makers of the Clean Bottle donate 10% of all profits to eco and cycling friendly charities selected by customers.
FastCompanyDesign spotted a new metal bottle called the Alex. This modular bottle unscrews in the middle for easy cleaning. The only plastic used is on the outside threads which along with an o-ring, create a tight seal. The Alex will be available in 32oz and 20oz sizes and the bottoms can be mixed to create an additional 28oz size.