I prefer to drink from a glass container, and you’ll usually find me drinking from a mason jar at home. When running outside, I do often reach for my BPA-free plastic bottle, just because I’m concerned about dropping and breaking a glass water bottle on the pavement. Even if the plastic is BPA-free, I don’t like that plastic retains odors and tastes. I usually use a flavored electrolyte drink mix in my water for long runs, and the plastic always smells fruity even several days later. No matter how many times I wash the bottle, the scent is still there.
GLASStic makes a 16oz. shatterproof water bottle that is essentially a glass bottle inserted into a BPA-free plastic bottle. This means your liquid is inside glass, but since the outer shell is plastic, the entire bottle can withstand force better than glass alone. The GLASSticÂ company states in their site’s FAQs page that a third party evaluated their bottles and concluded it takes on average at least six drops, before the glass inside breaks. If it does break, the plastic keeps the glass from shattering everywhere. You can then recycle the broken glass and purchase a replacement glass bottle insert for $7.99.
The original GLASSticÂ bottle retails for $14.99 and has a variety of patterns available. The new sports version, which is what I received, can be purchased for $19.99 and features a handle and sports lid. I have a D-ring on the jogging stroller that I can use to attach the bottle handle to my stroller. It can be a little difficult, however, to get it unlatched while I’m running (I’m just not that good at multi-tasking), so a lot of times I just end up doing a balancing act with the bottle on top of the stroller canopy. The handle does make it easier to grab and carry the bottle with just three fingers, and you can flip the handle down and out of the way when it’s not in use.
The sports lid has a “lock” on it to keep the lid from being opened when you’re transporting the bottle (or when you’re toddler’s playing with it). It is a bit stiff, and I can’t unlock and open the lid with one hand that well. It’s doable, but awkward. I really do like the lock on it though. It reduces the spill factor.
The bottle is easy to wash. For quick cleaning, I just hand wash with a baby bottle brush and some dish soap. For deep cleaning, just unscrew the bottom and tops of the bottles, and then pop out the glass piece. All pieces are dishwasher safe, but for longevity, it’s recommended to hand wash them.
I like that GLASSticÂ pairs a glass water bottle with practical, shatterproof plastic. It’s nice that if the glass breaks, you don’t have to buy an entire new bottle, just the insert. I also like that the bottle is easy to clean.
You can check out glassticwaterbottle.com online to learn more and to purchase. It’s also available on Amazon (and the sports version is currently on sale!). Affiliate link:
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