Face it, we are designers. We’re a visual group who think by observation and spatial relationships. We also have a significant amount of gray matter which leads us to think beyond just “how it looks” to consider “how it acts.” I am impressed with a simple water bottle.
- Yes, water bottles can be horrible for the environment; not very sustainable.
- Yes, having a water bottle nearby can lead to folks drinking an appropriate amount of water for the health of the human body; very sustainable.
We recycle paper, aluminum cans, and water bottles in my office. We just think it’s the right thing to do. Besides that, my three children are Montessori educated (it is very important to realize how all things are related) so they were really the reason behind why we started recycling. And recyclables pick up is fairly easy in our part of Atlanta.
Back to the water bottle: the new bottle feels different, it’s more shapely (fits in your hand better). It also has a newer “crackle” to the plastic when you hold it when it’s nearly empty. The label says…
“Eco-ShapeTM Bottle, Deer Park Brand.
Our bottle looks and feels different because it’s purposely designed with an average of 30% less plastic to be easier on the environment. We can all make a difference, please recycle.”
The impressive part is that someone at Deer Park (or their plastic bottle supplier) sat down and thought about something in a new way. They didn’t just keep replicating “what we did yesterday.” I like that.
—Lisa Stacholy, AIA