EcoUsable Ech2o Stainless Steel Filtered Water Bottle GIVEAWAY!

By Lynn Truong on 4 July 2009 440 comments
Photo: TreeHugger

I feel the same way about plastic water bottles as Andrea (read her Bottled Water, Bottled Hype series), and many others who feel that it's disturbing that over 60 million plastic water bottles go into landfills every day.  Even more disturbing are images like this one, showing the The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

 

It's a stew of trash floating in the Pacific that's twice the size of Texas, floating between California and Hawaii.

The impact of our actions is clear and striking. We can each do our small part in relieving the problem.

EcoUsable is here to help with that! They've created the Ech2o, the world's first stainless steel filtered water bottle. Um..it's a stainless steel water bottle...with a filter inside it!!  Get great-tasting, filtered water, anytime, anywhere! Drink from tap water, streams, rivers, lakes, and pools -- everything but salt water.

The filter not only reduces unpleasant taste, odor, chlorine, sand, and sediment, but also toxic chemicals, detergents, pesticides, and other harmful industrial and agricultural wastes. The 25 oz. bottles remove pollutants for up to 100 gallons, which lasts the average person about a year. Each bottle uses 304 food grade stainless steel that is non-leaching, BPA-free, reusable and lightweight!

Save money. Save the planet.  It's that simple.

To get you started, EcoUsable sent us three Ech2o filtered water bottles to give away to our Wise Bread readers. To enter, leave a comment about ways to reduce your plastic use. Drawing ends on July 20. Only open to U.S. residents aged 18 and over, void where prohibited. Only one entry per person will be counted.

This drawing has ended. Congrats to:  Sarah, Beceky, and John Meche

Don't forget. Even if you aren't one of the lucky winners, all Wise Bread readers can also get 10% off.

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I use tupperware all the time instead of ziplocs :)

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Vicki Andrew

I try not to buy items in plastic and if I do I try to reuse them (even once helps) and or recycle. I thank cafes that have their to go cups that are biodegradable. small steps but each step taken makes a diffrence, it will be great when there is no plastic

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Kate

I only buy plastic that will be used over and over again. I do my best never to buy "disposable" plastic.

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tina

we only use reusable bags and we find a lot of uses for other containers we get things in cardboard box for gift, we always reuse the bowls and tupperware food comes in.

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Mishia

We reduce our plastic use by shopping with reusable bags!

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Jammie

I reuse my milk jugs. I make teas and kool aids in them.

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Nanette

When hiking, if you pack it in, pack it out.
Use a canvas tote bag for shopping instead of getting plastic bags.
Recycle aluminum cans.

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Adanma

Bring your own bags with you to stores. And if you forget, be sure to recycle the bags you receive at the checkouts.

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Lynn kirk

we no longer by bottled water,we use glass in our home and metals.

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Stephanie

I always use tupperware instead of plastic bags!

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Denise

Cut back on buying packaged products. An example would be to avoid purchasing soft drinks in grocery stores, going instead with a healthier choice of water (non-bottled of course). Buy fresh fruits and vegetables instead as well.

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Gretchen

I think this is one of the easiest ways to help the environment

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Erin

One of the best ways I've found to reduce our plastic use is to cook! I cook a lot of our food from scratch, buy fresh produce from farmers markets, etc. We make our own bread - no plastic bags. We make our own yogurt - no plastic tubs. Sweets, too. No plastic sleeves on cookies and crackers that are made at home. I buy glass storage containers or canning jars to store food.

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Dddiva

We try to do things like bring our own shopping bags, reusable bottles, reusable storage containers, bento lunches, etc...

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KClements

Use plastic containers for art projects or offer to schools. Often small yogurt containers/milk gallon jugs,cottage cheese containers, etc are wonderful for classroom/art class creations!

We also try to bring our own bags to the grocery store- helps reduce the use of plastics. The plastic bags we do get are either recycled or reused!

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KClements

Use plastic containers for art projects or offer to schools. Often small yogurt containers/milk gallon jugs,cottage cheese containers, etc are wonderful for classroom/art class creations!

We also try to bring our own bags to the grocery store- helps reduce the use of plastics. The plastic bags we do get are either recycled or reused!

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JPeaslee

Well, obviously, switching to aluminum or stainless steel bottles is a winner. But even if you don't do that, reuse your plastic bottles. That's what I did for awhile.
And definitely use those reusable grocery totes. They look really pretty and they're so useful in and out of the grocery store.

At the very least, recycle.

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Betty C

I try to avoid plastic grocery bags but I don't always remember my canvas bags. So when I do accumulate plastic bags I have a couple of ways to recycle them. I frequent a used book store and usually end up with a fairly large stack of books. I realized that other customers are the same way so I "donate" my grocery bags to the book store.
I also donate bags to the local Goodwill or other thrift stores nearby.

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Tammy

I'm using re-usable shopping bags when I go to the store.

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Guest

Use eco-friendly building materials. Certain materials such as deck boards use recycled plastics and sawdust or reclaimed wood. These products keep tons of plastic out of the landfill. Reduce/reuse/recycle.

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kathy pease

we buy drink in the foil pouches and use waterbottles instead of buying water by the case

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Guest

PLASTIC CAN BE REPLACED IN CERTAIN AREAS OF YOUR LIFE,SUCH AS USING CLOTH GROCERY BAGS AT THE STORE. I CARRY AT LEAST A HALF A DOZEN IN MY TRUNK AT ALL TIMES.

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April E

This is very important in my household. I don't want my daughter to think it is ok to waste just because other people are. We use glass whereever possible, I am currently trying to get a 3 gallon glass water jug to replace our platic one. I think the best way to reduce plastic is just be prepared so you don't have to buy plastic bottles. The idea of a filter in a stanless steel botle is great. Thanks

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I have boycotted fast food for a year now. My carbon footprint is miniscule!

sw33pswinn3r@gmail.com

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Marcy Strahan

I have been using shopper tote bags at the store.
Been refilling a plastic drinking bottle for water on the go ..but heard it's not healthy for me!

I would love a 1L canteen instead!

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sarah woods

Love this health/safety all the way with nature's most natural food; 64 ounces needed minimally daily; thanks SW

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Guest

My kiddos went to a local sports tournament and collected empty water, gatorade and soda bottles and cans. In 2 days they collected an unreal number and made over 200 dollars at the recycling center.

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Candie L

When we have to buy a plastic water bottle; we reuse them many times. Thank you

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Happi Shopr

we carry our own bags to stores.

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Brian E.

Thanks for the giveaway... We recycle ALL plastic material that comes into our home: bottles, bags, lids, toys, etc. by bringing our used plastic items to a private business that is in the plastic recycling business: they tell us that 99% of the stuff they get is recycled and the remainder is used as fuel to generate power at a regional utility, nothing goes to a landfill.

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Susanne Troop

Bring your own reuseable grocery bags to the store!

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Sarah L

Always carry bags with you. I have a very light-weight folding bag that I carry in my purse. I have several in my car for groceries & library books. Thanks for the contest.

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Miranda Allen

we reuse ziplocs

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Tamara Burks

Use reusable plastic sandwich boxes instead of sandwich bags. Or even go all the way and start packing lunches in bento boxes. It's a classy way for an adult to bring lunch and there are plenty of reusable containers available for the bento.

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Shelli

Use real silverware instead of plastic ware

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Maja

we buy water and we have 5 gallon bottles taht we fill

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Jay F.

We re-use plastic containers as much as possible to reduce plastic usage. For instance, the kids re-use sandwich containers instead of using bags everyday.

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Janet

WE RECYCLE WHAT EVER WE CAN WHEN WE CAN:)

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Heather Hart

I have been late to jump on the recycling band wagon and still have a ways to go, however, I have recently purchased 3 huge reusable shopping bags and I love them! I am starting slowly but promised myself I'd keep at it. This is from a paper plate, paper towel loving girl...

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Lily Kwan

I carry a canvas bag with me when I go grocery shopping.