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CEC is committed to creating a more resilient and just region in the face of climate change. Through our work with the Central Coast Climate Justice Network and elsewhere, our vision includes an end to racial injustices and their resulting environmental inequities.

Almost every product and service we rely on today is manufactured with or transported by some amount of fossil fuels. Of course, the most important thing we can do to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels is to use less. However, when you do make a purchase, we encourage you to shop for energy-smart products that use less energy to produce.

Here at CEC, we’re all about energy-smart products that help us move towards a fossil-free lifestyle and a fossil-free future for Santa Barbara. This is the first in a series of blog posts from CEC staff and supporters about their favorite eco-smart products and we hope you’ll find an idea to inspire you.

Today, we’re hearing from Sigrid Wright, CEC’s Assistant Director.

Favorite eco-product: Lifefactory Water Bottle – reusable water bottle made with glass
: $21.99 for 22oz, $19.99 for 16oz
Owned it for
: 3 months

There are very few “things” in the world that I would say I love, but this Lifefactory bottle is one of them. In the process of trying to solve one problem that had been bugging me for a while, this product helped me resolve a whole other issue.

My original problem was that I wanted to get away from plastic water bottles as much as possible. There’s just so much wrong with them (e.g. that we use 17 million barrels of oil a year in the U.S. just to transport water bottles from one place to the next).

However, I don’t like the taste of drinking out of stainless steel containers, or even reusable BP-free plastic bottles — so I would fill various glass bottles that had originally contained tea or Pelligrino. These worked all right, but they were hard to clean and the caps weren’t very durable so half the time I wasn’t motivated to carry them around. As a result I often ended up not having water when I needed it.

When a friend brought one of these Lifefactory bottles to a meeting, I immediately bought one. It has a wide mouth so it’s easy to clean and add ice, and a durable screw cap with a handle. It also has a silicone protective sleeve, so I’m not afraid it will break tumbling around in my bag. (Although I did drop one full force on pavement and had to replace it.)

But the reason I love it (and why I want to put three little hearts after this post) is that I drink much more water than I did before. It’s always with me, and I now drink about three full 22 oz. bottles a day. The Lifefactory bottle has now become one of my favorite presents to give friends.

You can get a Lifefactory water bottle of your own or a different type of reusable water bottle at CEC’s Amazon Store in the Reusable Water Bottle section. If you find something you like, a percentage of your purchase comes back to CEC.

Stay tuned to hear from our next CEC staffer, Michelle Kitson, about her favorite reusable bag.

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