Confessions of a Water Bottle Addict
Water Water Everywhere
Every since the dawn of time man has needed water to survive. I would assume this means man has always searched to find new and innovative ways to transport water from place to place. Whether this means using tanks of water to transport large quantities across the land or just something as simple as a water bottle to transport 16 ounces of water across the parking lot at Food Lion, people need water. Unfortunately, no matter how useful and basic the product, there are those that become obsessed with it. I want to bring a serious matter to your attention today: water bottle addiction.
Yes, I know, how can someone become addicted to water bottles? Is this a new type of obsession? Do people really crave that much water? Are water bottles really that cool? YES! People need to drink water and water bottles are totally cool! Have you not seen some of these bottles? There are water bottles by Brita or Bobble that filter your tap water while in the water bottle! That is like a miracle sent from heaven! There are water bottles in every size, shape, and color. Don't you see these awesome products everywhere you go?
You've probably already grown to realize, I have a problem. I, Jeannie, am a water bottle addict. But I know I am not alone! I know there are others that can't refuse the lure of beautiful, clean plastic bottles glowing under the fluorescent lights at the local grocery store. Goodness... there are so many colors! Pink, orange, green, red, yellow, and lavender water bottles fill an entire $1 bargain shelf. I mean, seriously, a lavender water bottle for a dollar? How can anyone pass up such a beautiful bargain? I daresay, NO ONE!
The Addiction Is Initially Harmless
When water bottle addictions first start, they are similar to other addictions. It seems so harmless at first. After all, you are helping the environment, aren't you? Only good things can come to those that care about the environment, right?
So basically, you justify you are doing the right thing because you need to take water in a bottle with you to workout, or go for a walk, or to take to work. Whatever the case, you need a water bottle to prevent you from buying a case of pre-packaged water bottles with water already in them. After all, those bottles of water often taste like plastic since they've been sitting for so long and they probably just came out of someone's garden hose. Plus, you are saving the planet since there won't be tons of little plastic bottles coming from your household. Yep, you are awesome.
It starts with just one water bottle or maybe two. You get a pink one and red one. One for home and one for work! You are so practical. You can fill them with water from your Brita water pitcher. Why, aren't you just so innovative? You are saving money and saving the planet all at the same time. You are pretty much a saint at this point.
As time goes on, you start to see different types of water bottles. Your water bottles just have the caps that screw, but now you want a pop top. Plus, you need a purple bottle, so you get a new water bottle. Next, you notice a new kind of water bottle that has an insert to keep your water cold. Well, obviously you need that, too, and you'd better get that in yellow. While you are at it, what is up with all those boring solid colors? The dollar store is selling a water bottle with purple, blue, and grey swirls. Obviously, you are going to need that, too. Did I mention Walmart sells water bottles that look like mini-jugs? Wow! That is a must-have item!
Eventually, you open your kitchen cabinet one day, and thirty water bottles all fall on your head. That is when you realize you have a problem... and not enough cabinet space anymore. You've been storing all your dishes in the microwave cart; now that is just a real shame. This is pretty much how my entire water bottle addiction played out. It is something I have been working on though.
Ways to Conquer the Addiction
If you are struggling just like me with a water bottle addiction, you are not alone! You should not be ashamed. You were simply trying to remain hydrated and that is admirable. You've done nothing wrong. Over time, I've learned there are some things you can do to overcome your problem. Here is a list that might help you:
- Give away some water bottles. Yes, it might be hard, but if you put those water bottles on a table or in a cabinet at work, other thirsty people will thank you. Help yourself by helping others.
- Throw away some water bottles. This can be tough if you've developed a love for certain water bottles in your collection, but when the lid is cracked or the cap no longer twists properly, it is time to let it go.
- When tempted to buy a water bottle because it is pretty, just say no. Remind yourself that you do not need a water bottle in every color of the rainbow. Just because a water bottle matches your shirt does not mean you need it!
- Limit yourself to one water bottle per type of bottle. If you do decide to get a new water bottle, you probably don't need 3 or 4 water bottles if they all do the same thing. You only need one water bottle with an inner filtration system and only one water bottle with a twist cap and so on and so on.
- Don't be tempted by sales or by the dollar store. It seriously doesn't matter is the water bottle is only one dollar. If you already have a few water bottles, you don't need it. Just keep chanting, "I don't need it... I don't need it..." and walk away.
The New Temptation
Just when I thought I'd finally worked through my water bottle addiction, a new product entered the market. The water tumbler with a straw is now being sold in just about every store on the planet. Instead of reusing some dirty old cup with a straw and lid that you purchased earlier in the day with your soda at McDonald's, you can now have your own reusable acrylic tumbler with a straw. Gasp!!!
All of a sudden, the obsession I thought I'd finally conquered has resurfaced! Do you know how cute these tumblers can be? Some tumblers are a bright, solid color and others have fun patterns on them. And they are being sold EVERYWHERE! You can't even turn around at Old Navy or Barnes & Noble without seeing these tumblers.
I have to admit, I had to have one. I mean, I like drinking water through a straw even more than drinking water from a water bottle. For now, I only have one tumbler. To all my other fellow water bottle addicts, it can be tough, but you can survive with just one of these adorable tumblers, too. You just need to be strong and not give in to temptation. One tumbler and that is all you need! Just keep chanting that and pick the cutest tumbler you can find. Good luck to you! I know you can do it!
© 2012 Jeannie InABottle