Now you can get a high-quality water bottle that is both functional and cool. And it benefits other folks! Check out MiiR Bottles here. MiiR is a relatively new company that combines practicality, attractive aesthetics, and a social conscience. These are some of the best water bottles you will find — they work well, you can express yourself with their creative options, and you’re helping a good cause when you buy them.
First, the function: MiiR Bottles are, of course, BPA-free (see my previous post on healthy, BPA-free water bottles). They’re made of recyclable 18/8 stainless steel and are also phthalate-free and lead-free. Even the lids, which are made of #5 polypropylene, have no BPA. They come in 800 ml (27 oz.), 600 ml (20 oz.), and 400 ml (13.5 oz.) sizes. The mouth is a good diameter for drinking, pouring, and adding ice cubes. The bottles’ corners are rounded to eliminate bacteria buildup in the seam. They’re also dishwasher-safe.
Second, the aesthetics: MiiR Bottles currently come in 252 different configurations of color, cap-design, and cap-color, with more on the way. On top of that, you can customize your bottle with a huge selection of “skins” that add an artistic pattern or image to the exterior (which has an inlay panel to accommodate them). You can even design your own skin based on your personal photos or artwork (and, when you submit your design on the MiiR Community site, you’ll be eligible to win $200). The skins are easy to place and remove. And you get a coupon code for a free skin with every bottle you purchase.
Third, your purchase benefits others: MiiR’s special mission is to make sure that every person in the world has access to safe, clean drinking water. Currently, over 1 billion people throughout the world do not have healthy drinking water. Water-borne diseases are a significant killer of children — 4,500 a day. MiiR, along with charitywater.org, has set out to change that. For every bottle MiiR sells, one dollar goes to support projects to provide clean drinking water to those who need it. One dollar provides one person with good drinking water for a year. (See the video at the bottom of this post.)
Imagine that: buy a cool water bottle and benefit someone significantly for a year. And when you buy any of the one4one design skins, 100% of the purchase goes to charitywater.org, which uses 100% of its donations to fund clean water projects.
Check MiiR’s website — it’s pretty extensive and creatively web-2.0-ish. All of the above is described more fully there. Read their blog to see info on current projects and success stories.
MiiR currently offers free shipping on orders over $40.
If you’d like to see additional water bottle options — such as for lightweight backpacking, or something larger for all-day use, or something collapsible, like the Platypus bottle — see my post on healthy, BPA-free water bottles.
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