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Aquatina Collapsible Water Bottle
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Aquatina Collapsible Water Bottle
Date: 01/08/12, updated on 02/08/12 (136 review reads)
Advantages: Brilliant invention, easy to carry around, environmentally friendly, easy to use
Carrying a bottle of water is a royal pain in the backside, its clumpy, makes your bag heavy, never quite fits in right so you can close your bag and is a bit annoying, however necessary. Anyway one night I happened to capture a re-run of Dragons Den on the television, not a programme I would ever opt to watch but I was quite interested in a product that was currently being ridiculed by Theo Paphitis called 'Aquatina' whose inventor claimed it would be the worlds first collapsible water bottle. Theo however said something along the lines of "I'd rather stick pins in my eyes than invest" along with further insults and then the rest of the panel followed suite and refused to invest claiming it would never take off and so on and so forth. So if they are refusing to invest, is it really that good a product? Well yes, I think it is and here is why.
So what is Aquatina? In short it is a collapsible water bottle, a genius invention that I had actually wished I had thought of because it is so handy, easy to use, easy to carry around and it suits my lifestyle. It comes in four different colours - my favourite colour of Pink and then Blue, Green and a Clear see through version. The Aquatina bottle holds 500 millilitres of liquid, which is the same as a normal bottle of water such as Buxton, the only difference being that the Aquatina bottle is collapsible and collapses to 1/3 of the original size when fully empty, but as you make your way down the bottle, you can collapse it as much as you need too to make it smaller. It is also really light weight and is design so cleverly that it is easy to hold onto because its waist is quite slim, which allows people like myself to grip it tight with our small hands. So ,because folds so small it is really easy to always carry with you and the idea is that instead of buying bottled water, which is a faff, you fill it yourself from the tap, from the water dispenser at work, from a fountain or from a jug in the fridge.
Aquatina for me just makes life so much easier and I have to admit much cheaper as well. Why is that? Well if you are out and about and need to top your water bottle up, you go to www.findafountain.org a site I found thanks to the Aquatina website, which also happens to have been founded by the Aquatina team, and it will help you locate your nearest water fountains (mainly in London currently but it is expanding) and you can top your bottle up for free and for those of you like me who strive to be more environmentally friendly it means you aren't wasting money on plastic water bottles, so you are also doing your bit. In the actual pitch to Dragons Den, Guy Jeremiah, the inventor told the panel that on average each person throws away 85 plastic bottles a year, so if buying something like this product means you stop that, then at least you are doing your bit.
On top of the bottle is an easy flip out straw which makes it easy to drink from and to use you flip it up and to finish you push it down and it clicks into place. The cap on top of the bottle is removed by a twisting action to allow you to fill it and it is also wide enough to allow you to clean it fully if you are not putting it in the dishwasher, the only thing I would advise is once washed, ensure you check all the water bubbles which collect in the groves are gone and not stuck there because you don't want stale water in your bottle, should that be the case, I use kitchen roll and a bottle washer to dry it properly. On top of the cap is the Aquatina logo.
So did The Dragon's Den people make a mistake? Well yes I think they did. This product sold out when it was first launched in the UK and it is now sold in over 15 countries and the owner and inventor signed deals with companies such as Marks and Spencer to sell the product. You can buy it online in lots of different places like Amazon, Robert Dyas and Millets to name a few and prices start at £4.99 which is the cheapest I have found them or you can purchase two for £9.99 direct from the Aquatina website which is a bit of a bargain also.
Aquatina is also PET and BPA Free which essentially means that it is safe to use again and again unlike conventional water bottles that you buy filled with water. It is also made in England and is dishwasher safe.
Now I love my pink collapsible bottle and have a spare one in the house should I need it. It does make life easier, I do think for around £5 it is bargain and it is a great invention. But most importantly it does allow you to carry your water around much easier given the design of the bottle and if you do travel a lot, especially on public transport, then anything that can make life easier and more comfortable has to be worth investing in, even just to try it and see if it works for you.
Summary: the worlds first collapsible water bottle