You know how some corporations and municipalities have banned (or are thinking about banning) disposable plastic straws? Yeah, so…about those straw bans. There is definitely more than one side of the story to consider.
Ok, so there’s plastic pollution. That’s a fact. Straws are plastic, and they’re certainly turning up in oceans, lakes, and other waterways. So, for people who want to see humans consume less plastic, straws are a pretty easy target.
Estimates vary as to how much plastic straw pollution is out there. One report suggests they make up more than 7% of the plastics found in the U.S. by piece. There’s also a stat floating around about how Americans use over 500 million plastic straws a day. Know where this came from? A 9-year-old boy’s telephone poll (from 2011). It goes without saying that there’s major scientific uncertainty over THAT number! Continue reading →
Since 2011, we have been talking about the National Park Service’s efforts to reduce waste, cut trash removal costs, and encourage the use of refillable bottles on federal lands. Twenty-three of the 417 sites, including the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Mount Rushmore, decided to outright prohibit the sale of disposable water bottles in shops, hotels and vending machines.
That all came to a screeching halt this week, as the NPS announced that, effective immediately, it will no longer allow water bottle bans at its parks. Continue reading →
Let’s face the hard reality: Some day you may have to get rid of some water bottles. Maybe you’re moving and need to lighten your load. Perhaps they’ve come to the end of their life span. Or—gasp—you just don’t like a certain water bottle and want to ditch it.
Wait! Don’t throw away your unwanted custom printed bottles. Find out how or if they can be recycled. Yes, you can likely recycle those poor bottles, furthering their sole purpose of decreasing plastics waste (you know, the reason you first switched to reusable bottles in the first place).
So how do you figure this out? Easy…just use the SPI’s resin ID coding system. Huh? What the…? Let us explain: Continue reading →
By now most of you know what BPA is, or at least that you likely want to avoid it when possible, especially in your water bottles. Good news on that front…all of Bulletin Bottle’s products are BPA free (read here for more information).
So, what happens when the factory can’t use BPA anymore? What do they do? Well, they use an alternative. One of those (and there are MANY) is commonly referred to as BPS. But let’s back up. Continue reading →
The recent kids water bottle recall announced by LL Bean hammers home the importance of product safety—whether in the promotional products industry or in everyday shopping trips. It also reinforces Bulletin Bottle’s strict policy on child safety, and reminds us all of why this is in place.
This week, approximately 6,700 kids water bottles, sold exclusively at outdoor retail giant L.L. Bean, are being recalled because of lead concerns, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The CPSC said the lead solder at the exterior base of the bottle contains high levels of lead. The recall involves five styles of insulated water bottles with printed graphics meant to appeal to children. Continue reading →
BPA has been a regular player in consumer products for more than 40 years, and for at least ten of those years its safety has also been questioned. This week, yet another study has been published about exposure to and negative effects of BPA—this time in canned foods. It again reinforces the importance of choosing only BPA free bottles for your drinking water.
The study suggests that certain canned foods have higher concentrations of BPA than others. The researchers found that people who consumed one canned food item in the past day had about 24% higher concentrations of BPA in their urine compared with those who had not. Continue reading →
Bulletin Bottle [.com] features a hand-picked selection of custom water bottles. But, did you know that we only carry BPA free plastic water bottles on our website?
But, what is BPA and why should you care about that? BPA stands for Bisphenol A. It’s an industrial chemical that has been used in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins since the ‘60s. Continue reading →
When Sasha Meyer was a high school senior in Southern California, she worked at a homeless shelter. The shelter was unable to provide enough water bottles to satisfy the needs of its clients, so Sasha decided to help.
She got plastic water bottles, wrote kind quotes and messages on them, and distributed them on her own.
Sasha wanted to continue her project when she left for college at the University of Notre Dame, so when she was a freshman she presented the idea to the University’s social impact club. They approved it, and her nonprofit organization, The Heartening, was born. Continue reading →
Today is the third Monday in April and if you’re living in New England, as we are, you know what that means: Marathon Monday. The Boston Marathon is steeped in tradition dating back to 1857, but did you know that personalized water bottles have become a pre-race tradition of sorts within the elite running community?
From pipe cleaners to glitter, rhinestones to feathers, tape and glue—elite runners gather pre-race to adorn their water bottles.