Step number one in going sustainable is giving up disposable, plastic water bottles. So the quest for the perfect reusable water bottle takes on a special importance to the conscious consumer. And now that it’s summer, I always have my reusable water bottle on hand – for music festivals, a bike across the city, or just a day running around doing errands. You won’t catch me sneaking into 7-11 for water!
Now, there’s a new entry in the contest for best water bottle: WELLY. WELLY is a BPA-free reusable water bottle. It has filters made from activated coconut shell carbon, which are NSF-42 certified to remove chlorine, odor, and unwanted taste from potable water. Each filter replaces 300 plastic disposable bottles. And the flat, canteen-like shape (inspired by military canteens) is great for throwing into your purse or travel bag.
Founder Ben Kander started WELLY after his mom, Elly, passed away from liver cancer three years ago. From this incredibly difficult experience, he saw first-hand the importance of purity and mindfulness about the things we put in our bodies. Inspired by her lifelong commitment to making the world a better place, Kander decided that for every bottle sold, WELLY will donate $1 to charity: water, a non-profit organization giving clean water to the 748 million people in need around the world.
They recently surpassed their $50,000 goal in their Kickstarter campaign, where they are raising funds to pay for the initial cost of tooling and first production run. If they reach $75,000, they can upgrade to NSF-53 certified filters for chlorine, taste, odor, fluoride, lead and other volatile organic compounds (VOC’s).
The campaign ends on June 18th, but you’ll be able to pre-order a WELLY Bottle on their website after the campaign ends. Go check it out, and if you like what you see, contribute to get a WELLY bottle for yourself!