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Confessions of a Water Bottle Addict

Jeannie has been writing online for over eight years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.


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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
It's not even safe to shop at Barnes & Noble.

It's not even safe to shop at Barnes & Noble.

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 Marie


Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on October 26, 2012:

I am sorry you had to get rid of your water bottles. At least you got to save you favorite. I visit the water bottles at stores too. I also have to put them back down. I feel you pain! :-) Thanks for checking out my hub!

Trudi Goodwin from Texas on October 25, 2012:

Hahahaha.....I love this. My husband said I had a water bottle addiction. I was always buying new bottles. My favorite is my Tervis Tumbler. We moved into our RV full time so I had to throw away my bottles.....sigh....I kept the Tervis, though. Oh, I still stop by the bottles and tumblers in the store and pick one up but I remember I have no room. I put it down and walk away. Sniff...Sniff...

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 24, 2012:

Hey, thanks! I take great pride in my awesome water bottle and tumbler collection. :-) Thanks for the comment!

FullOfLoveSites from United States on August 24, 2012:

Oh my god! It takes a lot of willpower to overcome any kinds of addiction. Cool bottles and tumblers though. Thanks for sharing! :)

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 20, 2012:

Hahaha... that sounds like something I would do. Considering that price, I don't blame you for waiting that long!

Susette Horspool from Pasadena CA on August 20, 2012:

It's "supposed" to only last six months, but I live alone too, so I make it last a lot longer . . . sometimes too much longer. Like I've left it for a few years this time. Guess I shouldn't complain, huh? ;-)

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 20, 2012:

A-ha! That water filter does sound pretty expensive though. I use a Brita water pitcher and the filters only cost about $15 for a pack of 4 if they are on sale. It lasts for about 8 months for me since I live alone. It is a shame $70 only lasts 6 months, but if it works well, maybe it is worth it.

Susette Horspool from Pasadena CA on August 20, 2012:

To clarify: The water bottle I lost was Nalgene and I liked it. It was easy to fill, easy to drink from, easy to carry, and it looked attractive.

The expensive filter was from my Aquapure countertop. It needs replacing every six months or so at $70 a shot. Not sure if it's worth the cost, although it does filter well.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 20, 2012:

$70 for a new water filter! Wow! I would just switch to a different system if I were you. Hehe... I've never tried Nalgene before and now I know to stay away from it. Thanks for sharing your story!

Susette Horspool from Pasadena CA on August 19, 2012:

So. My sister gave me a tumbler in my Christmas stocking, which I use all the time at my computer. I used to have a blue Nalgene bottle that I loved to take places. I filled it from the Aquapure water filter I have in my kitchen, but recently I lost it. Then I found out my Aquapure filter needs changing and it costs $70 these days for a new filter. What am I to do? . . . care to send any of your extra Nalgene's my way? Cute hub. Thanks.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 16, 2012:

Thanks so much! I am still trying to keep my straw tumbler collection under control... I still only have one. I have my eye on a second one though...

Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on August 15, 2012:

Hilarious. I am an addict of those straw tumblers. Great job on this hub!

Oakfurnituresol from Bristol on August 10, 2012:

haha love this, very tongue in cheek. drinking lots is great, but you can overdo it, don't get addicted to the water as well as the bottles ;-)

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 08, 2012:

Yes, these water bottles are bottled... it is easy to become addicted. Thanks for sharing my hub!

Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on August 08, 2012:

I have seen those water bottles all over in Nairobi city, it is good that you have enlightened us about water addiction. Voted up and shared on Flipora feed share.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on July 30, 2012:

Oh yes, Josh, the tumbler had to become a part of the story. I especially like my tumbler because it has red, white, and blue popsicles on it, which has become an obsession of mine this summer. Thanks for dropping by!

Joshua Zerbini from Pennsylvania on July 29, 2012:


Too funny! LOL I was wondering if the Tumbler was going to come into play, and then BAM, there it was! LOL Hilarious hub Jeannie, thanks for sharing your addictions to water bottles with us!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on July 29, 2012:

RealHousewife - Wait... there is a new kind that goes in the freezer? There goes more money and less space in my cabinet! :-) Thanks for checking out my hub!

billybuc - Thank you! At least one good thing can come out of my water bottle addiction. I literally keep giving them away and then I buy more. It is so sad! Thanks for the comment.

Alecia Murphy - It sounds like you have the water bottle thing under control. I don't know why, but all those colors and styles just appeal to me. There is a trail of water bottles wherever I go. Hehe. Thanks for dropping by my hub!

innerspin - It is so easy to get carried away! Who wouldn't want some cute water bottles and tumblers? :-) Thanks for the comment!

Kim Kennedy from uk on July 29, 2012:

Ooh, I want one now. Maybe two....thanks for a really cool hub!

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on July 29, 2012:

Those tumbler things don't do much for me- mainly because I usually drink water at work and anything else I drink out of the container it comes in but I can relate. I've never had a water bottle addiction- when I buy when it's usually because the old one has run its course. I used to have one of those eco-friendly filter ones in college and it ended up leaking on my face- can you say awkward? Well, needless to say I just stopped using it and threw it away. Tap water isn't that bad. Great hub!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 29, 2012:

Truly, Jeannie, there may be no hope for you....you are addictive and terminally funny! What is worse, you have afflicted the rest of us who follow you. How dare you make us laugh! LOL Great hub as always!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on July 29, 2012:

How ironic! I was looking at new tumblers at WalMart last night - the new kind you know, for the freezer! LOL

Now you'll be needing one in each color for each purpose!

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