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Concord, Massachusetts is First US City to Ban Small Plastic Single Use Water Bottles. Will Your Town Be Next?

January 2nd, 2013 No comments

Concord, MA is first city to ban small Bottled Water containersAs Single Use Water Bottles Ban Begin To Take Hold, What is Your Company Doing to Encourage Refillable and Reusable Bottles?

Austin, Texas     Good news for environmentalists!

Concord, Massachusetts became one of the first cities to ban small, single use water bottles (1 liter or less).

From what I have been reading, this trend is likely to continue as the drive to reusable water bottles gains momentum.

I always bring a reusable bottle to restaurants – and get strange looks at times… as if it was a strange and weird act I was performing.

At c-stores and grocery stores, hopefully it will encourage at least a trade up to larger bottles to help reduce waste and litter.

Even more hopeful will be the increased use of tap water with a water filter – to reduce the use of plastic bottle even more.

I know of a company called Sodastream that even makes a soda machine from your own water and concentrated mix– thus eliminating the need to purchase plastic soda bottles.

Anything we can do to encourage  the elimination of wasteful packaging ( and the shipping of bulky water and soda bottles) is to be commended.

Their carbon footprint and impact on the environment is something that can easily be avoided.

Support manufacturers and companies that offer concentrated products–from beverages to laundry detergent – and everything in between to help reduce the production of plastic bottles.

That is the simplest way to reduce waste–even without the added push for recycling efforts.

Smart retailers would be wise to consider a refillable water bottle promotion –where they can sell (or even give away for free) reusable water bottles or sports bottles with their logo on them.  It will be reused over and over again at a cost of pennies per use.

Our sales of imprinted water bottles has increased nearly 250% in the past three years as more restaurants, convenience stores and grocers encourage the use of refillable bottles.

How will you help to reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles?

Here’s to a greener tomorrow, today!


Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing green marketing campaigns and is a leader in the recycled promotional products industry, including offering one of the largest selections of recycled and reusable water bottles and imprinted coffee mugs, reusable and organic tote bags, recycled pens and pencils in the country. In addition to being a noted writer on issues of social and safety compliance, Robert Piller recently completed his CAS degree — one of the highest honors in the promotional products industry for his years of continuous education and certification. His company’s website,, features over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find biodegradable, organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

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Aluminum Bottles vs. Stainless Steel Bottles for Promotional Use

September 8th, 2009 No comments

which promotional bottles are better: aluminum or stainless steelSports bottles have become a very popular promotional product for trade shows, outreach programs and for employee gifts, as they reduce the need for water bottles. I have written a few postings about the dangers of BPA in some water bottles, especially polycarbonate, as they allow for a softer, more flexible shape.

BPA has come under mainstream scrutiny in the past two years after medical reports had linked the chemical to cancer, heart disease, birth defects and more. A year ago the Food and Drug Administration ruled that BPA was safe in trace amounts, but it has since agreed to review its own decision. Many companies have opted to stop creating bottles with BPA as a result of the controversy and lack of consumer demand.

Imprinted stainless steel and aluminum water bottles have been one of the fastest growing segments in drinkware – noted for their sporty looks and rugged design. At, we stay clear of any bottles that contain BPA—and mention that the bottles are BPA-free for clarity.

BPA is not only used in polycarbonate plastic bottles, but sometimes, even in aluminum bottles. I caution my clients to beware of aluminum sports bottles, as often the inner linings are coated with BPA. Aluminum, although less expensive than stainless steel, has several disadvantages when compared to stainless steel sports bottles.

Mainly aluminum bottles are subject to dinging very easily, whereas stainless can be knocked around and still hold up quite nicely. The other disadvantage is that in order to get rid of the aluminum taste and odor, a liner has to be melted in place. In stainless steel, like in stainless steel eating utensils and cookware, no coating is needed.

In fact, popular water bottle maker SIGG has revealed in a letter from its CEO that all its aluminum bottles made before August 2008 used a liner that contained bisphenol A (BPA). Reaction from its admission prompted CEO Steve Wasik to issue a second letter last Tuesday apologizing for the company’s actions. “After reading and responding to hundreds of e-mails and viewing nearly as many blog & Twitter posts, I realize that my first letter may have missed the mark,” wrote Wasik. “What I should have said simply and loudly to all of our loyal SIGG fans is: I am sorry that we did not make our communications on the original SIGG liner more clear from the very beginning.”

My recommendation is to pay the extra buck and go with stainless steel water bottles. They are more solidly constructed, will last longer than any other drinkware and are BPA-free. You can get stainless steel water bottles with or without a caribiner, depending on the demographics of your audience. Most of my clients are going with the wide-mouth water bottles, as they accept ice cubes and are easier to clean.

Water bottles are an ideal way to showcase your logo and message, as they are used over and over again. And they prevent the widespread use of single use plastic water bottles that end up in landfills. Don’t pinch pennies when it comes to drinkware. Insist that all plastic bottles are BPA-free and stick with stainless steel over aluminum.

Happy green marketing and promoting.

Robert Piller, experienced in green marketing campaigns and environmentally-friendly promotional products. His web site includes a comprehensive eco-friendly advertising specialty search, featuring over 250,000 eco promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find recyclable, biodegradable, organic or recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. View the Go Green website at and comment on his blog postings at