On an average day, I probably drink my body weight in green tea (slight exaggeration). What I’m not very good at though, is drinking plain water – I enjoy flavour and taste, and don’t have a palette that’s refined enough for the subtle taste of water. For most of my life, I haven’t followed the general wisdom that an adult needs to drink two litres of water a day for good health, and I’ve no doubt that I’ve suffered with acne, digestion, and other bodily issues as a result.
With the start of 2013, I made an unofficial resolution to drink more water. To do things like make myself drink a glass of water for every cup of tea I drink, or to always carry a water bottle in my handbag so that I don’t have an excuse to buy a flavoured drink when I’m out and about.
BRITA have kindly lent me a helping hand with these resolutions, and sent me one of their new Brita Fill&Go bottles to test.
The bottle itself is very sleek in its design – rather than mess around with grips and moulding the way others do, it’s very sharp and cylindrical with no frills. It’s very much about Scandinavian simplicity (straight lines, one-handed technology, basic colours), and really suits my general aesthetic better. The filtration system is also surprisingly easy – it’s a simple carbon filter that you pop into the cap. Each filter is designed to last for a week, and the refills are sold widely at most homewares stores.
I’ve spent the past week and a half using the BRITA bottle. On average, I’m filling it up approximately two and a half times a day, which equates to about 1.5 litres of water drunk every day. This is probably double, if not triple, the amount of water I used to drink. It sits on my desk during the work day, and I occasionally sip from it as I respond to tedious emails. I’ve had it in the drinks holder in my car on a three-hour round trip, and stopped myself from dropping by a service station on the way to buy a soft drink. I’ve put it on my bedside table and I drink from it before I go to bed as I read a few more chapters of my latest book.
I’m not going to pretend that having this Fill&Go bottle has made me entirely virtuous though. I’m still drinking way too much green tea, and still drink a lot of fruit smoothies. It’s simply that I’m drinking more water, and imbibing more liquids – which can only be a good thing for my hydration and overall health. I also feel that by continuing to use the BRITA Fill&Go bottle, I’m helping to contribute a small part to saving the environment – for every bottled drink that I don’t buy, I’m contributing just that little bit less to landfill!
BRITA Fill&Go bottles can be purchased at most Australian department and homewares stores. You can also purchase products online on the BRITA website.
Note: I received this BRITA Fill&Go bottle free of charge for review purposes, however all words and thoughts are my own.