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Nalgene Water Fund Strengthens Commitment to Navajo Nation Water Crisis

Additional Donations to DigDeep and COPE Advance Critical Projects

In late 2020, Nalgene Outdoor partnered with Diné designer Jaden Redhair to create a limited-edition “Tó éí iiná” (Water is Life) bottle, from which $5 of every sale was committed to raise money for solutions to help resolve the water crisis across the Navajo Nation. After record sales and multiple rounds of reprints, the Nalgene Water Fund is pleased to announce that it will donate an additional $36,000 between two nonprofit partners on the Navajo Nation, DigDeep and Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE), bringing the growing total over two years to nearly $80,000 in support.

Going Deeper With DigDeep – Installation of Home Water Systems and Job Training

The majority of the most recent donation will aid DigDeep, a national nonprofit organization working to ensure every American has access to running water and sanitation inside their homes. $33,000 will go directly to DigDeep’s Navajo Water Project , a community-managed utility alternative that brings hot and cold running water to homes on the reservation that are not connected to piped water or sewer lines.  The donation is in addition to nearly $14,500 previously contributed by Nalgene Outdoor to DigDeep’s Navajo Water Project, and will help DigDeep achieve their goal of installing water systems in 200 homes across the Navajo Nation this year. 

Helping 200 Homes Get Running Water

On the Navajo Nation, DigDeep Home Water Systems bring clean, hot and cold running water to homes previously without water access.  First, the Navajo Water Project team installs a 1200-gallon water tank underground at each residence and connects it to basic plumbing inside the home. If the house is not connected to the power grid, the DigDeep team will also install a solar power unit that powers the water system, as well as lights and charging ports inside the home.

The 1200-gallon water tank is buried to prevent freezing and protects the water from contaminants. Inside, the system includes a sink, water heater, filter, expansion tank, pressure gauge, drain line, leach field and, optionally, solar power and lights.

The tanks are refilled by  DigDeep’s network of locally-managed water trucks that transport safe drinking water from EPA-approved water access points to the home.  Water deliveries are another initiative supported by Nalgene Outdoor donations.

Creating Critical Jobs

DigDeep’s Navajo Water Project is Indigenous-led and locally staffed. In addition to supporting Home Water Systems, Nalgene Water Fund donations have also helped to fund staff training, including CDL training that is offered to Navajo technicians wishing to become licensed as water truck delivery drivers, as well as water truck maintenance and deliveries.     

“It is so meaningful to see our customers’ continued support of Navajo Nation,”

– Elissa McGee, General Manager, Nalgene Outdoor.

“Since its record day-of launch sales in November 2020, the “Tó éí iiná” bottle has resonated with consumers everywhere. We’re thankful to have DigDeep and COPE as partners who can immediately put the money into the Navajo community creating jobs, installing water systems, and benefiting the Navajo people.”

– Elissa McGee, General Manager, Nalgene Outdoor.

Support for New COPE Water Testing Program Mobilizes Navajo Student Scientists

In addition to its support of DigDeep, Nalgene Outdoor’s latest donation will also include an additional $3,000 and 100 30-ml Nalgene sampling bottles to Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE), a non-profit organization working to address health disparities in Navajo Nation through community-based outreach and food security initiatives.

In 2020 and 2021, Nalgene donated nearly $30,000 in critical funding and supplies to COPE. to install water refill stations and provide carboys (large vessels) to transport water from source to residence in one container.  

Nalgene Outdoor’s most recent donation will help fund a new pilot COPE program,  “Student Citizen Water Project” that  will empower six students to collect water samples in Nalgene water bottles in some of Navajo Nation’s most marginalized areas. Data from these results will then prioritize placement of the filtered water refill stations donated by the Nalgene Water Fund.  

This student-centered approach models The Flint Community Lab, also a recipient of Nalgene Water Fund support, and a first of its kind, community-based water testing facility in Flint, Michigan. A unique concept — for the community, by the community — the Lab uses high school students to collect water samples. A multi-generational approach, this concept builds trust in the process where younger members work side-by-side with elders to help assess water safety.

The NWF is proud to connect COPE’s student testing program with The Flint Community Lab who has generously offered to test the water for COPE  using their  state-of-the art testing equipment.

Continued Support: New Limited-Edition Bottle to Benefit Navajo Nation Coming Soon

Be on the lookout for a new Nalgene Water Fund bottle designed by Jaden Redhair to benefit the Navajo Nation coming soon! In the meantime, if you’d like to support efforts to create equitable clean water access across the United States then purchase Nalgene Water Fund exclusive bottles.

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Flint Community Lab Accelerates Efforts for Residential Water Testing https://nalgene.com/flint-community-lab-accelerates-efforts-for-residential-water-testing/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 21:06:21 +0000 https://nalgene.com/?p=635176 We sat down with Candice Mushatt, the new director at the Flint Community Lab to check in on their residential water testing initiatives.

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Flint Community Lab Accelerates Efforts for Residential Water Testing

Q&A With Director Candice Mushatt

In August 2019 Nalgene established the Nalgene Water Fund committed to raising awareness that equitable access to clean water is a domestic issue, not just an issue that impacts “third-world” countries. For its first donation, in late 2020, Nalgene Outdoor selected the McKenzie Patrice Croom Water Lab, more commonly referred to as the “Flint Community Lab,” a creation between the Flint Development Center and non-profit Freshwater Future. The Flint Community Lab is a first-of-its-kind, community-built and operated lab that will, over the course of three years, provide free water testing to all households in Flint, Michigan, a community still reeling from its 2014 water crisis. 

Thermo Fisher Scientific and Nalgene Outdoor donated nearly $650,000 to the Flint Community Lab in state-of-the-art laboratory instruments, critical funding and reusable bottles used for both water sample collection and continued use at home. This donation includes a total of 21,000 Nalgene bottles over the three years to be used to collect and test water; and then refill and reuse once the drinking water is determined safe.

The Lab’s guiding principle is for the community, by the community. High school and college students take a multi-generational approach to go door-to-door to collect water samples from homes that are then tested in the Lab. The Lab even has a viewing area for Flint residents to watch the testing! 

With summer — and a new crop of interns — joining the Lab, Nalgene recently delivered 1,500 more bottles to the Flint Community Lab to aid in the Lab’s commitment to meet or exceed 500 sample collections per month. 

“We use the Nalgene bottles to collect samples from residents, churches and businesses. Nalgene provides 100% of the bottles used in our sample collection, so the best way to describe them would be the "backbone" of our field work.”

Candice Mushatt, director, Flint Community Lab

Nalgene Outdoor: Hi! And welcome to this position! As we work through the otherside of this Covid pandemic, what major initiatives is the Flint Community Lab pursuing?

Candice Mushatt: We are looking forward to the summer months, more people will be outside, there is a certain comfort level that comes with open air as opposed to enclosed spaces, so we will reach more residents at events or on their front porch.  We are looking to meet and exceed our 500 (sample collection) per month goal, in July we will be launching a campaign to do just that.

Nalgene Outdoor: Where are you in your goal to test all 21,000 homes in Flint?

Candice Mushatt: Unfortunately, Covid has slowed down some of our timing, so we are still at what feels like the beginning of the process — currently at just under 3,000 homes. That said, we have a plan in place to use the summer and outdoor months, as well as a more sustainable model for the winter months, to continue to make significant progress to test every residential home in Flint.

Nalgene Outdoor: How many local high school students are you currently working with and what are there roles and responsibilities?

Candice Mushatt: We are currently interviewing our next group of high school students, in Flint/Michigan the school year is coming to a close. We are in the process of recruiting new students and will have 5 or  6 new students working with us all summer starting at the end of June.

Nalgene Outdoor: What is the most impactful way in which the Flint Community Lab supports its local community?

Candice Mushatt: The Flint Community Lab is important for Flint residents because it is a stand alone lab, we are not connected to any governmental entity, so it has become a trusted source for residents that are still very skeptical of information coming from the government. The Lab was founded by Flint residents, it is run by Flint residents and we offer internships to Flint and surrounding area students. This adds to the credibility of the Lab. When you have people who not only work here, but live here and are also affected by the crisis, it gives you a sense of confidence in the integrity of the lab.

We are them and they are us.

Nalgene Outdoor: What are you most excited about in year two of this program?

Candice Mushatt: In addition to finally getting back out there and on pace with our goals to help provide transparency and trust for Flint residents with resources from within the community, the new media lab! This is a collaboration between The Flint Development Center, The Flint Community Lab, We the People of Detroit and Freshwater Futures. We are so excited about this addition! To further build ties with the community and show total transparency, we are able to broadcast live over multiple streaming platforms right from inside the lab. We also have a robot, ROVY, that we can send a temporary link to users and they are able to control it and tour the lab from wherever they are in the world!

A student helps ROVY offer a tour to those outside the Lab.

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10 Clean Water Projects We’re Inspired By https://nalgene.com/10-clean-water-projects-were-inspired-by/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 20:04:00 +0000 https://nalgene.com/?p=633867 When people, governments, and organizations help create access to clean water, they don’t only offer ease and comfort: they help save lives.

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10 Clean Water Projects We’re Inspired By

There are few things more crucial in our lives than clean water. Having access to clean water really isn’t something that’s optional, or that’s just nice to have. It’s a vital necessity that ensures the health and safety of the people who drink it. If you can turn on the tap and fill your Nalgene bottle with crisp, clean water in seconds, then you’re one of the lucky ones. Clean water at your fingertips is a beautiful thing, and despite how much we all need it, not everyone has access to it.

But there’s good news: many people and organizations are taking clean water efforts into their own hands, and are launching water recycling and sustainability projects. The people behind these projects are doing some truly incredible work, and are making real strides when it comes to improving access to clean water.

Let’s dive into the state of clean water today, and some inspiring clean water projects which are making a real difference.

When Clean Water Isn’t Just a Sip Away

Whether you’re a toddler or an Olympic athlete, staying hydrated is absolutely essential to human health. But not everyone in the world has regular access to clean water.

The World Health Organization estimates that while 74% of people in the world use safe drinking water regularly, the rest do not. Research from the WHO also breaks down some of the details: about 2 billion people do not use safely managed water services. This means they might have to travel 30 minutes or more to clean water, or they might drink from unprotected sources, such as springs and lakes.

What exactly happens when we don’t have access to clean drinking water? Unsafe water sources can be riddled with bacteria, can transmit diseases, and can present significant health risks to the people drinking it. The unfortunate truth is that hundreds of thousands of people die every year from illnesses transmitted through unsafe drinking water, including many children.

That’s why clean water projects are absolutely critical. When people, governments, and organizations help create access to clean water, they don’t only offer ease and comfort: they help save lives.

10 Clean Water Projects We Are Inspired By

In the wake of the state of clean water around the globe, many individuals, non-profits, governments, and other types of organizations have risen to the occasion, and have developed their own incredible clean water projects.

Here’s our list of 10 clean water projects that we are inspired by, and a bit about the groups behind them.

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West Basin Municipal Water District

This California municipality secured $3.79 million in funding for two of its water projects. These projects will install thousands of feet of pipeline to help bring recycled water, which is clean and reliable, to area middle schools and a park. These projects will also prevent about 40 million gallons of treated sewer water from being sent into the Pacific Ocean each year.

Charity Water

Charity Water has been on a mission to help provide basic access to clean and safe drinking water since 2006. How exactly do they do that? They partner with local organizations in places across Africa, South America, and Asia to create access to water. These projects include digging new wells, rehabbing pipe systems and taps, and creating new water points.

Maji

Even students are making waves when it comes to clean water projects. Take Martin Leet and Leah Voytovich, for example. These two University of Pennsylvania students won a grant to fund Maji, their nonprofit that helps refugee initiatives in Uganda. Maji has already completed several community initiatives, including the construction of a solar-powered water tank for the Olua I community. Their project also addresses other challenges in Uganda, such as supply chain issues.

Planet Water Foundation

Planet Water Foundation is working hard to bring clean water to those in need. It’s deploying 28 different water systems across the world. Planet Water Foundation’s 28 AquaTower projects will bring clean water across Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Philippines, and Vietnam.

Their technology makes water safe and drinkable by removing bacteria and other contaminants, so people can have clear, delicious clean drinking water. And that’s not all: this project will also provide schools with sanitation infrastructure.

Pure Water Oceanside

This San Diego project is considered a first of its kind in the area, and it will provide 20% of the water supply to the city of Oceanside. It’s a potable water reuse project, which will purify recycled water, in order to supply an abundance of clean water to homes and businesses. 

This $70 million clean water project is tech savvy, and uses processes like ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, and advanced oxidation. Ultimately, it will provide the city of Oceanside with 3-5 million gallons of clean, recycled water per day.

Pure Water for the World

Pure Water for the World is another great organization that partners with “rural and underserved communities,” to create safe water solutions. They don’t just provide clean water, they also have sanitation and hygiene education and training programs. 

Pure Water For The World says it’s reached more than 750,000 people in 200 communities across the world. The best part? They focus on providing children and families with clean water resources, as well as education and other resources.

The Water Project

The Water Project is a non-profit that works exclusively in sub-Saharan Africa, and says they help communities with clean water by providing “training, expertise, and financial support.” They say that this issue affects women, children, and families, and that specifically women and girls can spend hours a day fetching drinking water that is not even safe for drinking.

The Water Project works in 11 African countries including Uganda, Sierra Leone, and South Sudan, to create clean water opportunities.

Water.org

Water.org is a global nonprofit that has made some big strides when it comes to clean water: it says its projects have impacted more than 43 million people in 17 countries with their clean water solutions, by working with local partners.

Their work is done by securing loans for clean water projects, helping with access to financing, and working to influence public policy.

WaterAid

WaterAid is an international non-profit that focuses on global water resources. They don’t just cover clean drinking water, but also access to sanitation and hygiene resources. That includes working toilets, and good sanitation.

In the areas where they work, WaterAid says that people drink natural sources like rivers, which can be full of waste and parasites that spread disease. That’s why WaterAid specifically taps into groundwater, drills wells, and harvests rainwater so people have access to clean water, no matter where they’re located. They also say that around the world, one in four people don’t have access to a decent toilet, which creates hygiene issues.

The Nalgene Water Fund

Not to toot our own horn, but we here at Nalgene Outdoor understand just how important clean drinking water is. That’s why we created the Nalgene Water Fund, a project that supports domestic communities here in the US that are struggling with access to clean water. We do this by partnering with grassroots nonprofits to raise funds and awareness.

How exactly does the Nalgene Water Fund work? We create limited-edition Nalgene bottles that are part of the Nalgene Water Fund, and we ​​will contribute $5 of every purchase of a Nalgene Water Fund Exclusive Bottle to Reverb, Inc.

Plus, the designs of these bottles are pretty incredible. Take our Tó éí iiná” (Water is Life) bottle, created in partnership with Jaden Redhair. This 20-year-old is an accomplished Navajo artist born for the Jemez Clan. Sales from this bottle go towards combating the water crisis facing America’s largest indigenous tribe.

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Built to Last: 17 Wild & Rugged Places Where Your Nalgene Bottle Can Withstand The Forces of Nature https://nalgene.com/17-wild-rugged-places-where-your-nalgene-bottle-can-withstand-the-forces-of-nature/ Fri, 13 May 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://nalgene.com/?p=626300 Even in the most remote and rugged places, your Nalgene bottle is built to last, no matter what it goes through.

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Built to Last: 17 Wild & Rugged Places Where Your Nalgene Bottle Can Withstand The Forces of Nature

If you’re anything like us, you like to live life a little bit on the wild side.

Whether it’s a walk in the park near your house, or a multi-day trek into the vast wilderness, nature is always calling us to some spectacular destinations. And in even the most remote and rugged places, your Nalgene bottle is built to last, no matter what it goes through.

And as most outdoor enthusiasts know, just about anything can happen once you’re in the great outdoors. From wild weather to stumbles and falls, heading out into nature means you need to be prepared for just about anything. Luckily, most Nalgene bottle owners have probably figured out by now that our bottles are designed for even the toughest natural conditions.

Our Nalgene bottles don’t just survive drops, falls, and the forces of nature because of luck. It’s because of what they’re made of: Tritan. It’s a next-level plastic, which is known for being stronger, more sustainable, and more innovative than other plastics. Tritan is what makes our bottles especially sturdy.

Climbers, hikers, and bikers, we know what it’s like when your bottle slips from your grasp, and plummets to the ground. There’s that heart-stopping moment when you’re hoping your bottle will come out unscathed, but then, relief: your Nalgene bottle is just fine. Because that’s what it’s designed for.

We’re so confident in our bottles, and how durable and strong they are, we think you could take your Nalgene bottles just about anywhere, and they’d be able to withstand the forces of nature. In fact, here’s our list of some of our favorite wild and rugged natural wonders, where your Nalgene bottle would show its strength.

17 Wild & Rugged Places Where Your Nalgene Bottle Can Withstand The Forces of Nature

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Acadia National Park

On the east coast, up along the craggy coastline of the Atlantic, lies Acadia National Park. This 47,000 acre park is marked by rocky beaches, dense forests, and snow-capped mountain peaks. Its beauty is no secret: Acadia is one of the top 10 most-visited national parks in the United States.

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Arches National Park

Utah is home to some pretty breathtaking natural wonders, and Arches National Park is definitely one of them. This park looks like it belongs on Mars more than it does on Earth, and it’s notable for its more than 2,000 natural stone arches. There are also balancing rocks that seem to defy the laws of gravity, and plenty of red rocks for as far as the eye can see.

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Crater Lake National Park

7,700 years ago Mount Mazama in Oregon violently erupted, collapsing in on itself. It ultimately formed Crater Lake, which is an ice-blue lake that is just as cold. You can drive around the rim of the crater today on a road called the Rim Drive. If you plan to get into Crater Lake itself, you’ll have to walk down one path to designated swimming areas. And beware: the waters of Crater Lake may be beautiful, but they’re notoriously cold.

Denali National Park

Denali National Park and Preserve holds millions of acres of wilderness in Alaska. It’s also home to Denali, which is North America’s highest peak. It’s home to some pretty epic wildlife, such as bears and wolverines. It’s pretty remote, so consider bringing our 48oz Wide Mouth Water Bottle with you, so you have plenty of H20.

Grand Canyon

This valley in Arizona includes hundreds of miles of the Colorado River. The canyon itself is one mile deep, and the rock is not only colorful, but reveals “millions of years of geologic history.” There are plenty of places to visit in the Grand Canyon, including viewpoints and scenic drives. You can also go on river trips in the canyon.

Great Sand Dunes

Prepare to feel like you’re in the middle of the Saraha. This dunefield in Colorado is other-worldly, and you can climb up the massive dunes, and even sand-sled down them. These are actually the biggest sand dunes in North America.

Monument Rocks

You might not think that Kansas is home to much big nature, but these chalk formations stand up to 70 feet tall, and contain prehistoric fossils. The rocky outcrop is visible from pretty far away, and they were formed when the sea bed eroded.

Mount St. Helens

This is no ordinary mountain. When you look at Mount St. Helen’s in Washington state, you notice it’s flat on top. That’s because this peak is an active stratovolcano, which famously erupted in 1980. The area around it is a beautiful forest, and you can even attempt to summit to the top of the volcano.

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Multnomah Falls

Oregon is home to many incredible national wonders, one of them being Multnomah Falls. The falls are so big, they’re visible from the road, and there’s a network of hiking trails that start at the base. Multnomah Falls is the most visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest.

Pictured Rocks

Standing around Lake Superior will make you feel like you’re actually overlooking the ocean, because of how vast this lake is. And along the shores in Michigan, you can find Pictures Rocks National Lakeshore, which has colorful and epic cliffs. In the winter expect it to be snow covered, and in the summer, lush and green.

Providence Canyon

This beautiful canyon in Georgia is often called the “Little Grand Canyon,” and when you look at these pictures, you’ll see why. The rock is colorful and layered, but this beautiful place actually didn’t form on its own: the deep gullies were caused by poor farming practices during the 1800s.

Scotts Bluff

This national monument in Nebraska has a special place in US history, because it served as a beacon for pioneer travelers in the west. Located on the western border of the state, the bluffs were first charted by non-native people in the early 1800’s. It was used as part of the Oregon Trail, California Trail and Pony Express Trail.

Shoshone Falls

This waterfall in Idaho is actually taller than Niagra Falls. Visit in the springtime, after the winter snow melts away, for the most impressive views. It’s also one of the largest natural waterfalls in the United States, and travelers along the Oregon Trail would sometimes deviate from the trail, to visit the falls.

Smith Rock State Park

Climbing enthusiasts probably know Smith Rock quite well. This Oregon state park has sheer rock faces that are a hiker’s dream, along with stunning views of deep river canyons. If you’re not a climber, never fear: there are incredible hiking trails and places to camp in this park as well. One of the notable hiking routes is called “Misery Ridge.” If you plan to hit the trail, be sure to bring your favorite Nalgene Bottle, like our 24oz On-The-Fly Lock-Top bottle, because it definitely can get hot and sunny.

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Waimea Canyon

Hawaii is known for its natural beauty, and this colorful canyon gives you stunning views of lush green hills and epic waterfalls. This canyon is often called the “Grand Canyon of Hawaii,” and the reddish earth along with lush green foliage creates many breathtaking views. It’s located on the island of Kaua’i.

White Sands National Park

These glistening white sands are unlike anything else. Located in New Mexico, White Sands National Park is the largest gypsum dunefield in the world. Gypsum is known for its bright white color. 12,000 years ago, the area where the park is was filled with lakes and streams, but warming and drying caused these bodies of water to eventually run dry, leaving behind gypsum that was carried in from mountains.

Yosemite Valley

One of the greatest wilderness areas in the United States, Yosemite Valley in California is home to plenty of beautiful places to explore. It’s actually a glacial valley and is known for its epic waterfalls, along with deep valleys. You can also find some pretty famous climbing spots inside, such as El Capitan, Half Dome, and Sentinel.

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Digital Nomad Revolution: How to Become Part of the New Traveling Workforce https://nalgene.com/digital-nomad-revolution/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 15:07:00 +0000 https://nalgene.com/?p=626324 What exactly does it mean to be a digital nomad and how can you become one? Pack up your Nalgene bottle, because we’re hitting the road.

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Digital Nomad Revolution: How to Become Part of the New Traveling Workforce

From smartphones to Netflix, the digital world isn’t exactly new. But it is changing, maybe faster than we sometimes realize. And an incredible and still emerging aspect to this digital world involves the way we work. You’ve likely heard of the team “digital nomad” before, since it’s rising in popularity. It refers to a new, traveling workforce that relies on not much more than their laptops and WiFi for their income.

A few short years ago, being a digital nomad was not much more than a far-fetched dream for most. But that is changing rapidly, as more and more people ditch their desk jobs and take up this remote lifestyle. Get this: the number of digital nomads more than doubled over the past couple years, from 4.8 million in 2018 to 10.9 million in 2020.

If it’s any indicator of the changing trends, even the dictionary is on board. Miriam Webster added “Digital Nomad” to the dictionary just this past year. 

So what exactly does it mean to be a digital nomad, what is this world like, and how can you become one?

Well, since I’m a digital nomad myself, I have some answers to those questions. Pack up your favorite travel Nalgene bottle, because we’re hitting the road. 

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Defining Digital Nomads

Here’s the thing about being a digital nomad that most people get wrong: it’s not actually a job in itself, and there’s nowhere you can apply for this role (that I’ve seen yet). Digital nomadism actually refers to a lifestyle, and you can have any job or role while living this lifestyle. Here’s what it means to be a digital nomad, and the state of this world today.

I’ve spent a lot of time living life as a digital nomad, and breaking down this term. In order to fall under this category, you need to do two things:

  • Have a “digital” career, one where you’re making money using technological tools. This can be full-time, part-time, or freelance work.
  • Travel, or practice location independence. 

As I touched on before, the world of digital nomadism has exploded in recent years. And even with the pandemic grinding global travel to a halt for a period of time, there is still increasing interest in digital nomadism, and more people than ever appear to be making the transition to this lifestyle. In 2021, there were 35 million people living as digital nomads around the world, and the rise of working from home appears to have triggered ongoing growth in the digital nomad space. Experts even argue that companies should have a “digital nomad” work policy at this point.

As someone who is in the digital nomad community, I can tell you firsthand it’s pretty decentralized. Everyone does their own thing and lives their own lifestyle, although we often cross paths and hang out together. 

Here are some other things you might want to know about digital nomads: 

  • The amount of time digital nomads spend in any one place will obviously vary, but many spend anywhere from weeks to months in one place. 
  • While digital nomads range in age, the “average” age is 32-years-old. 
  • Digital nomads stay in Airbnb’s & guesthouses, hotels and hostels, and many work in coworking spaces or cafes. 

Working From The Beach? Not Quite.

When you think “digital nomad,” you might have a vision of kicking it from the beach, drink in hand, with a laptop perched on your knees. While this is possible, it’s usually pretty far from the reality of living life as a digital nomad. Sand and laptops generally don’t mix, and trying to work with the sun glaring on your screen is all but useless (in my experience). While everyone does things differently, here’s what living life as a digital nomad typically looks like.

Firstly, if you become a digital nomad, you’ll have to pick places to live and travel. You’ll commonly find digital nomads in South America, Europe, and across Asia, particularly SE Asia. You’d likely pick one place as an initial “home base,” and stay there for anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, and might take some smaller trips on the side. While I personally go through periods of more intense and constant travel, these usually only last for a few weeks at most. These times are fun, but tiring, and it’s always a challenge to balance work on the road when exploring a new place. Who wants to stay inside on their computer when there’s a beautiful place to sight-see?

Yes, bringing your laptop to a beautiful rooftop or beach is idyllic (right now I’m working from a hostel rooftop with a view of the Duomo in Florence, Italy), it’s not always possible or really the best option. Your biggest priority is probably going to be a place with WiFi and good outlets. Add “quiet” to the list if you’re looking for a place to video chat in peace. I also make sure my Nalgene Wide Mouth bottle is full to the brim with water before I head to my workspace for the day.

And while you’d like to spend most days traveling and living the good life, you’ll obviously have to spend plenty of time working. In my book, this is one of the biggest challenges of being a digital nomad, because you have to make time to work and travel at the same time. It’s a good problem to have, but tricky to navigate nonetheless. 

Other challenges digital nomads can face? Finding reliable WiFi can be tricky, and missing home or your friends/language/cuisine. Working in different time zones can mean waking up or going to sleep at unusual hours. And you have to stay organized, which can be a challenge when moving around all the time. Imagine losing your laptop when it’s the one precious tool you rely on for your work? Sounds like a nightmare to me.

How to Become a Digital Nomad

Before I figured out how exactly to live life as a digital nomad, I had tons of questions. It took lots of research and first-hand trial-and-error to figure out how to not only transition to life as a digital nomad, but how to actually live this lifestyle month after month. Here are just a few of the ways to become a digital nomad, and what this life might look like if you decide to take the plunge.

I’ll divide this part into two sections, “work” and “travel.”

Work

When it comes to work as a digital nomad, your main priority is finding work that is digital, or fully remote. This is usually the biggest hurdle aspiring digital nomads face in getting started, and the truth is that the job each digital nomad has varies wildly from person to person.

Full-time roles: Many digital nomads hold full-time remote jobs, and only work for one company. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, many companies are now offering fully remote roles, where any location is acceptable. If you want to hold a full-time job as a digital nomad, make sure your company’s location policy is flexible (for example, they don’t want you to be only US-based). Many companies are still figuring out tools and policies for digital nomads, including managing cybersecurity concerns.

Another consideration for full-time employees who want to be digital nomads: time zones. If your work needs to happen in a certain time zone, this could mean waking up at all-hours of the night, or taking meetings at the crack of dawn. These are all manageable concerns, but just things to be aware of before you take the plunge.

Part-time and freelance roles: With the rise of digital and remote tools, as well as freelance “gig” sites, it’s become increasingly easy in past years to work as a part-time employee or freelancer to make money as a digital nomad. There are many potential careers and jobs in this criteria, including language teacher, graphic design, virtual assistant, programmer, editor, writer, tech support, customer support, and plenty more.

Like many digital nomads, I actually do a few different things to hodge-podge together my career. I’m mainly a content writer who is skillful in SEO, but I’m also a video producer and editor. 

To find these jobs, you can search on websites that are specific for part-time or freelance roles. If you want to start up a career in a new field, say, you want to become a freelance writer but you don’t have any experience, you can look for online courses to take. I personally took an online course in video editing.

Travel

I could write pages and pages on traveling as a digital nomad, but I’m going to keep this to some “entry-level” things to keep in mind.

Location

Where you’re based as a digital nomad depends on personal preference, along with other factors. Some places you’ll be able to get a visa-on-arrival for, some you’ll have to apply for in advance. Some places might have excellent resources for remote workers (like coworking spaces and cafes), while a remote village in the mountains might not even have much electricity.

I personally pick locations based on my budget at the time, and what’s regionally available. I like to try to get the most out of each journey, so if I can easily visit other countries or move locations with a quick train ride or low-cost flight, that’s the best option for me.

Visas

Visas for remote workers in countries other than that of their residency is still a bit of a “gray” area in most of the world, and differs from country to country. Some countries offer visas specially for digital nomads, or short-term remote workers. Most digital nomads cannot apply for a traditional “work visa,” because they’re not actually working with an employer in the country they’re visiting. 

Many digital nomads simply use tourist visas, when acceptable. Before deciding to visit a place and work there, please check local laws, regulations, and if you need to, consult with a legal expert.

Costs

As with everything else, costs for digital nomads vary wildly. One of the biggest factors I’ve found in my living costs is location. Some parts of the world simply cost far more or far less than others. In general, the cost of my Airbnb’s and occasional hostels is less than my rent in the US, and my cost of living can be less or about the same. I come from a place with an exceptionally high cost of living (New York), so this perspective might be different for you.

The bottom line: picking a location based on the cost of living there will have a big impact on your budget. 

Also keep in mind, the more quickly you travel, the more it’s going to cost. Generally speaking, taking flights every few days can quickly add up, as transportation costs are some of the more notable ones for digital nomads. I prefer to travel slow for my own enjoyment, but it’s also more cost effective.

Food

Foodies, prepare to be delighted for life as a digital nomad. Depending on where you’re living you could be eating authentic elote, fresh pasta, homemade dosas, or drinking an Arabic coffee. Some places it will be affordable to eat the local cuisine for every meal, but I often cook some meals at home, to save money. Eating a cheap breakfast in the hostel is my preference, so I can use that extra month for other activities.

Language

If you’ve read this far, there’s a good chance you have at least a working knowledge of English (if not and you’ve read this far, I’m impressed). But depending on where you go, that English might or might not be enough to get by with. In most of Europe, for example, many people in the main cities will have at least some English, and even municipal signs might also be in English. But in a remote village in India, you’ll be hard-pressed to find English.

No matter what your mother tongue is, knowing a bit of the local language is always a plus. I like to try to at least familiarize myself with words or phrases of the language in the place I’m staying in. I’ll turn to my trusty iPhone language apps, and practice a bit while waiting for the bus or in airports. And never underestimate the power of Google Translate and hand signals for getting around.

If you’re intrigued about becoming a digital nomad, I feel you. I dreamt of this lifestyle for years before I took the plunge, and while it took a little while to get it off the ground, it was the best decision of my life. If you’re thinking of taking that leap, I applaud you. Know that there are others just like  you out there in the world, and that if I can do it, you certainly can too. 

When you’re packing your bags, don’t forget your trusty Nalgene bottle.

It’s an absolute digital nomad essential.

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Why We Should All Drink More Water https://nalgene.com/why-we-should-all-drink-more-water/ Fri, 15 Apr 2022 18:12:00 +0000 https://nalgene.com/?p=625329 Professor Nalgene Outdoor here. It’s time to head back to science class, and understand the journey of water in the body.

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Why We Should All Drink More Water

After you take a sip of water, do you know what happens next? Drinking water is one of those things that we know is vital to survival, but not many of us know how it actually works. And when it comes down to it, we probably all should be remembering to drink more water, in order to stay hydrated and healthy. 

But here’s the thing: if we don’t actually understand the science behind water in our bodies, it’s going to be tough to feel motivated to keep taking more swigs from our full Nalgene bottles. So that’s why we wanted to do a deep dive into precisely why we should all drink more water, and how exactly water interacts with our bodies. 

We here at Nalgene Outdoor are dedicated to a few things, including reducing the impact of single-use plastic water bottles, and using science and innovation to craft our incredible water bottles. But we’re also passionate about water, and why it’s so important for keeping people healthy. 

So let’s dive into it: here’s the scientific breakdown of water, what happens when it enters our bodies, and why it’s oh-so-important. After this, you’ll definitely feel motivated to sip more often.

Hydration 101: The Journey of Water

Professor Nalgene Outdoor here. It’s time to head back to science class, and understand the journey of water in the body. So put on your thinking caps, let’s get into the journey of water in our bodies.

Picture this: you’re on the trail after a long day of hiking, you’re sweaty, and you’re feeling… parched. It’s funny how we all know exactly what thirst feels like, even though it’s this inner sensation that’s almost indescribable. But yes, our bodies are generally great at telling us when it’s time to drink water.

It’s important to start here, because the journey of water in our bodies actually starts with the urge to drink water. The neuroscience behind thirst is quite complex, and also interesting, as scientists are still trying to fully understand how our brain drives us to look for water. 

We do know that staying hydrated is crucial for our bodies, and keeps our digestion functioning smoothly, keeps headaches away, and helps our bodies deliver nutrients to our cells. Hydration also keeps our bodies at the proper temperatures and helps us eliminate waste. And when we’re starting to run low on water, there are many triggers in our bodies that signal to our brains that it’s time to take a drink of water.

After our brains detect that our water levels are low and we need to reach for a full-to-the-brim Nalgene bottle, we take a sip. From our mouths, the water then travels down into our stomachs, before it makes its way into our gastro-intestinal tract. It takes our bodies about 10-20 minutes to digest just plain water, and it’s mostly absorbed early on in the small intestine.

After this is when things get really interesting. Water passes through the walls of our intestines into the plasma in our blood, and those water molecules are then transported all over the body by our vascular system. That water is distributed all over our bodies, including to different organs. 

In general, the adult human body is about 60% water, and individual organs are made up of ranging amounts of water. For example, our brains are about 75% water and our blood is 83% water, while adipose tissue (also known as body fat) is only about 10% water. 

After water is distributed, its journey in our bodies isn’t over yet. As we all know, it’s necessary to continually drink more water throughout the day, because human bodies lose water through various ways. Usually, the largest amount of water loss happens through urinary water loss, and it’s one of the major functions of the kidneys. Kidneys filter blood and remove waste and extra water, and we then eliminate that water through urination. 

Aside from that, water leaves our bodies through other ways. Sweating is another main cause of water loss, and the amount of water we lose from sweating can vary greatly depending on how much we’re sweating. You might not realize it, but we also lose water through breathing. When we breathe, air is moved into and out of the lungs, and that air has to be humidified before we breathe it out.

Why it’s Important

Understanding how water functions in our bodies isn’t just cool and interesting (were we the only ones thinking that?). It’s important to understand the journey of water, so we can connect the dots in our own minds and understand why we should all drink more water, and always keep a full Nalgene bottle by our sides. 

So let’s dig a little deeper. From regulating your body temperature to helping with digestion, staying hydrated is more important than you might think. Here’s some more of the science of how water interacts with our bodies.

Water is instrumental in helping your body digest food and extract the nutrients from it, in several different ways. Water helps break down the food you eat, and as your body absorbs water, it also absorbs nutrients into your bloodstream.

You might have experienced headaches from dehydration. Water doesn’t only help keep headaches at bay, but it’s also key in general brain function. One study showed that dehydration leads to a dip in attention, energy, and memory.

As we discussed, water is a big part of your blood. As you become dehydrated, your blood pressure can drop, and your blood becomes more concentrated, which can lead to an imbalance of the minerals (electrolytes) that are in your blood.

Your body is made of tissues and organs, and water helps keep them moist and protected. Tissues in your eyes, nose, and mouth require water for regular function, and your joints and spinal cord also require water, which acts as lubrication and a cushion.

As our bodies process food and nutrients, they also produce waste, which needs to be removed from the body. Water is instrumental for this process.

Humans have to remain at a certain body temperature in order for our body systems to operate normally, and water is instrumental in this. Water helps regulate our temperatures through sweating and breathing (respiration).

More Reasons To Raise A Bottle

As you can see, carrying your favorite customer Nalgene bottle with you is far more important than you might have realized. Staying hydrated is key to keeping us healthy, and to ensuring our bodies function properly. So go ahead, take your Nalgene bottle with you wherever you go, so you’re always reminded to drink more water.

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7 Times Our Plastic Containers Saved the Day https://nalgene.com/7-times-our-plastic-containers-saved-the-day/ Fri, 01 Apr 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://nalgene.com/?p=625298 Our plastic containers are built to protect what you love, whether it’s your favorite at-home snack, food for the trail, or art supplies for craft time.

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7 Times Our Plastic Containers Saved the Day

We know what you’re thinking: Nalgene Outdoor is the best-of-the-best when it comes to water bottles.

We’ve made a name for ourselves with water bottles that are incredibly sturdy, designed for reducing single-use plastic waste, and particularly useful (like our wide mouth bottles, which fit ice cubes and fruit infusions). And while we’re proud that our Nalgene bottles are ready for whatever life has to offer and that they’re designed to come with you everywhere, we’ve stepped it up a notch. We’ve taken our next-level bottles, and applied that same technology and passion to something else: our plastic containers.

That’s right – we didn’t just stop with our incredible water bottles, because we believe in innovation, and we saw how useful these Nalgene Outdoor containers could be. Our plastic containers are built to protect what you love, whether it’s your favorite at-home snack, food for the trail, little odds and ends from around your house, or art supplies for craft time. They’re designed with all of the same features you know and love about your Nalgene bottles, and are stackable, air-tight and leak proof.

From helping you stay organized to preserving what you love, our plastic containers are built to last a lifetime. So go ahead, fill our plastic containers with your favorite foods, drinks, art supplies, and knick knacks that you normally lose. Your storage system will never be the same.

Are Our Plastic Containers Worth The Hype (Short Answer: Yes)

Assorted Nalgene Containers in a kitchen cabinet

Let’s start with the basics: when you can buy any old plastic container, what makes our plastic containers so special? Well, Nalgene Outdoor is a company that was Born From Science and is built on innovation. So after we perfected the Nalgene bottle, we simply had to take that same technology and apply it elsewhere. That’s how we ultimately created the perfect plastic containers. And we promise, they’re not like all the rest.

 

Here’s what makes our plastic containers the best ones you’ll find: 

 

They’re stronger: Our plastic containers are made with Tritan, so you know they’re built to last. Tritan is a specific plastic that is tough, lightweight, and superior when it comes to safety and performance. Tritan is part of what makes our Nalgene bottles so incredible, and it’s also what makes our containers high-quality and different from the rest.

They’re safe: Our containers are BPA/BPS free, you know these containers are food-safe. Pssst… in general, Tritan doesn’t contain BPA, BPS or any other bisphenols.

They’re designed with you in mind: Whether it’s sticky foods or your children’s paints, we know that life can get a little bit messy. That’s why these plastic containers are also dishwasher safe, meaning you’ll have an easy clean up when the time comes, and that they’re perfect for just about anything.

They’re leak-proof: Drips and droplets no more. Our containers are leak-proof guaranteed, thanks to our continuous, straight shouldered semi-buttress threads. That’s the same technology that keeps your Nalgene bottle sealed tight when you’re on the trail. That means our containers are reliable, whether they’re sitting on your kitchen counter, or packed away for a weekend backpacking adventure. 

Our Plastic Containers, To The Rescue

One of the best things about our plastic containers? That they’re perfect for just about any situation, from the kitchen to the great outdoors. Here are 7 times our plastic containers saved the day:

Keeping snacks fresh on the road

Just about nothing is more exciting than packing your bags for a long trip, whether it’s a day trip out of town, a weekend road trip, or a cross-country flight. But of course, you’ll need some fresh snacks along the way. Our 4oz storage jar is perfect for nuts, seeds, and other little treats, and it’s sure to keep them fresh for days. Never chow down on stale snacks when you’re on the road again.

Helping us keep our kitchen cabinets organized

If you ask us, one of the most aesthetically pleasing things in our homes is a kitchen cabinet that’s organized with our plastic containers. Your dry pasta, beans, and oats have never looked better. Plus, you won’t have to deal with half-open boxes that spill, and forgotten foods that turn stale before you get to use them. If you’re looking to level-up your kitchen game, our 32oz Storage Jar and 8oz Storage Jar are great options.

Not to mention our fridges

It’s not just kitchen cabinets. Our plastic containers are also perfect for your refrigerator. Keep berries bright and fresh, vegetables organized, and leftovers ready to eat with our containers. Plus, as we mentioned, our containers are stackable, meaning you can make the most of your space, and keep things organized.

Craft-time made easy

If you have tiny tykes, you know just how fun craft time is, but also how quickly it can become a mess. Buttons, beads, paints, and small toys will be right at home in our plastic containers, instead of spilling all over the place, getting lost, or drying out. Plus, our containers have wide mouths, meaning they’re perfect for scooping and pouring.

Trail snacks, for the long haul

When you’re on the trail or setting up a campsite, the last thing you want after a long day of hiking is stale food and snacks. Maximize food freshness with our plastic containers. Our containers are lightweight, meaning they won’t add much weight to your pack, and they’re sturdy, so you don’t have to worry about them breaking (as you would with a glass container). Plus, these containers are leakproof, so you can say goodbye to finding unpleasant messy surprises in your backpack.

Homemade drinks kept fresh

Whether you simply want to keep cool water in your fridge, or you’re a fan of homemade beverages like lemonade or iced tea, our containers are built for keeping your drinks fresh. Our 64oz Growler is designed with an easy-to-hold shape, and of course, is dishwasher safe and BPA/BPS free.

It’s about the small things

Is it just us, or do the little things around the home tend to get lost, even in the depths of a designated “junk drawer?” Well with our containers, you can keep track of those little things that tend to mysteriously disappear. Toothpicks, nails, buttons, and matches will never be lost again, and our containers are perfect for keeping all of the small things safe and organized.

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8 of our Best Selling Wide Mouth Water Bottles https://nalgene.com/8-of-our-best-selling-wide-mouth-water-bottles/ Fri, 18 Mar 2022 18:00:00 +0000 https://nalgene.com/?p=623312 Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about wide mouth bottles, and what activities they’re best for.

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8 of our Best Selling Wide Mouth Water Bottles

Some things are, in fact, worth the hype. The best local restaurant, holy-grail kitchen gadgets, and almost anything in nature is definitely on the list for us.

Also completely worth all of the fuss? Our best-selling wide mouth bottles. You can probably recognize these signature Nalgene bottles from a mile away, because our wide mouth bottles are the beloved bottles that put Nalgene Outdoor on the map. 

These bottles are extra-special for a lot of reasons. They can fit ice cubes and fruit infusions, and of course, they’re made with the same Nalgene Outdoor durability and quality you expect from our bottles. 

Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about wide mouth bottles, and what activities they’re best for.

What Makes the Wide Mouth Water Bottles So Special?

Let’s start at the beginning: what makes our wide mouth bottles different from all others? Of course, these bottles have a wide mouth, and while it makes our bottles look different, these bottles also have plenty of different purposes.

With traditional water bottles, it might be tough to fit more than just water through the narrow mouth. But our wide mouth bottles are perfect for plenty of things, like fruit infusions or ice cubes. That means you can have frosty or flavored water anywhere you go, like on the trail or on the road. 

And if icy, refreshing water is your thing, try our favorite freezer method: fill your wide-mouth bottle ¾ of the way with water, and freeze it overnight. Then in the morning, fill the rest with water. You’ll have cold, long-lasting hydration all day long.

Another great use for these bottles? Our wide mouth bottles also perfectly fit most filtration devices, so you can have clean water in a pinch. These Nalgene bottles are also designed with expertly crafted threads for leak-proof hydration. And of course, they’re lightweight, and built to last, just like every other Nalgene bottle. So go ahead, throw your favorite wide mouth bottle in your backpack and take it with you wherever you go. You have nothing to worry about when it comes to leaks or spills.

Where Can You Take Wide Mouth Bottles?

Wide mouth bottles are perfect for just about anything. Here are some of our favorite places to take our wide mouth Nalgene bottles:

Gym: From the weight room to your favorite yoga class, our wide mouth bottles will keep you hydrated until the end of your workout. The gym is also the perfect place to bring your wide mouth bottle using the freezer method. Having cool water will be oh-so-refreshing when you’re sweating up a storm.

Trail: Nalgene Outdoor wide mouth bottles are made for the outdoors, and with them, staying hydrated on the trail has never been easier. Plus, you can add a fruit infusion for some flavorful sipping along the way.

Office: Nalgene bottles aren’t only for the great outdoors, and our wide mouth bottles can help you stay hydrated no matter what the workday brings.

Outdoor activities: Nalgene bottles are the outdoor adventurer’s best friend. Staying hydrated while hiking, climbing, and camping has never been easier. Don’t forget the freezer method if you’re going somewhere hot and sunny!

8 of our Best Selling Wide Mouth Water Bottles

When you think of our wide mouth water bottles, you probably didn’t realize that there are actually a ton of options to choose from. Here are just some of our best selling wide mouth water bottles, and what makes them different from all the rest.

32oz Wide Mouth Tritan Water Bottle

This is our most popular bottle, and it’s made with durable Tritan, a next-level plastic that’s BPA-free, built to last, and impact resistant. Tritan is light, sturdy, and superior when it comes to safety and performance.

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32oz Wide Mouth Retro

These are the classic wide mouth bottles you know and love, designed with a limited-edition print inspired by retro vacation posters and postcards. They come in three colorful options, and you’re sure to get compliments with their eye-catching designs.

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A hand holding an ice cream cone and a32oz Retro Nalgene bottle

32oz Wide Mouth Ultralite Bottle

Sometimes, packing light is important. Whether you’re trying to pack smart while backpacking deep in the wilderness, or you’re simply planning a long day out and about, our 32oz Wide Mouth Ultralite Bottle is perfect if you’re looking for a super lightweight option. These bottles are made of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), a material that lightens your pack without sacrificing durability. And of course, these bottles are proven in the elements, and ready to withstand even the most rugged conditions, just like you expect them to.

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32oz Ultralite Nalgene bottle at Arches National Park

16oz Wide Mouth Water Bottle

Sometimes less is more, even when it comes to how big your water bottle is. This 16oz bottle comes in plenty of fun colorways, and is half the size of our classic wide mouth bottle. That means there’s more space in your backpack for whatever else life brings your way.

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12oz wide mouth nalgene bottle in cerulean blue in front of greenery

16oz Wide Mouth Ultralite White

Small but mighty, this 16oz Wide Mouth bottle is made of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), meaning it’s super lightweight. Perfect for when you’re really watching how much weight you’re carrying around, and half the size of our classic wide mouth bottle, but still as durable as ever.

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32oz Wide Mouth Ultralite Bottle atop a rock in a creek

48oz Wide Mouth Tritan Silo Bottle

Our higher-volume version of the wide mouth bottle you know and love. You can carry 48oz of water and still enjoy it with ice cubes or fruit infusions. Carrying more water with you has never felt better. Perfect for long days or when you just want to make sure you’re fully hydrated.

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48oz Wide Mouth Ultralite Bottle

Lightweight meets high volume. This bottle is made of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), that super lightweight material that makes packing light a breeze. This high-volume bottle can hold 48oz of water, and is sure to come in handy on your next outdoor adventure.

48oz Wide Mouth Ultralite

38oz Wide Mouth Steel Backpacker

Bet you didn’t know that some Nalgene bottles could also take the heat. This 38oz bottle is made of durable, non-insulated stainless steel, meaning it’s perfect for boiling water while camping. The stainless steel resists tastes and odors and is easy to clean. Making coffee, tea, soup, or oatmeal while at your campsite has never been easier. Plus, this bottle has deep threads, which will support a number of filtration devices. And of course, it’s equipped with our reliable thread pattern and a loop attachment to keep the lid handy when cleaning or filling up. When you want to toss it in the dishwasher, simply remove the leash. And just like all of our bottles, this one is BPA/BPS free, so you can drink water that’s safe and tastes great.

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This World Water Day: Make a Ripple in the U.S. Water Crisis By Supporting the Nalgene Water Fund https://nalgene.com/this-world-water-make-a-ripple-in-the-u-s-water-crisis-by-supporting-the-nalgene-water-fund/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 17:36:40 +0000 https://nalgene.com/?p=624331 The post This World Water Day: Make a Ripple in the U.S. Water Crisis By Supporting the Nalgene Water Fund appeared first on Nalgene.

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Make a Ripple This World Water Day

Join the Nalgene Water Fund in Helping the U.S. Water Crisis

World Water Day, held on March 22 every year since 1993, raises awareness for the 2.2 billion people worldwide living without access to safe water and advocates for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 6: Sustainable access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) for all by 2030.

For many, the day focuses attention on the world’s most impoverished, underdeveloped nations. But would it surprise you to learn that nearly 2.2 million+ people living in America — the most developed nation on Earth – also lack daily access to clean water, running toilets, and plumbing that the rest of us take for granted?

Children on the Navajo Nation gather to wash their hands with clean water.

Seems unimaginable…right?

We create signature Nalgene bottles – sometimes beautifully designed by local artists – to raise awareness and funds to help U.S. communities impacted by the growing domestic water gap. We also use the heft of our website, social media, paid and earned media to educate the masses and implore them not to take for granted the water that runs so easily from their tap. 

By the numbers, the U.S. water crisis is startling: 

  • 1.4 million people in the United States and 250,000 people in Puerto Rico lack access to hot and cold running water, a sink, a shower/bath, or a flush toilet. An additional 553,000 homeless people lack equitable access to running water and sanitation in America.
  • More than 44 million people in the USA are served by water systems that recently had health-based Safe Drinking Water Act violations.
  • African-American and Latinx households are nearly twice as likely to lack complete plumbing than white households, and Native American households are 19 times more likely making race the strongest predictor of water and sanitation access in the United States.
  • Lack of adequate water infrastructure is the root cause, not living off the grid and the problem extends across the whole USA.  Entire communities from California to Pennsylvania lack access to water and sanitation because of historical and geographical factors in the United States.

Source: Dig Deep’s and the U.S. Water Alliance’s 2019 report entitled “Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States” 

Dig Deep works to fill cisterns with clean water that can be distributed to residents who live on the Reservation.

The Nalgene Water Fund In Action

These statistics only scratch the surface on the full extent of the problem so the Nalgene Water Fund is also hard at work putting the dollars we raise through the sale of our Nalgene Water Fund bottles to work with local nonprofits fighting to right this wrong in US communities:

  • Flint, Michigan: In 2020, through a partnership with Freshwater Future and Thermo-Fisher Scientific, the NWF donated more than $650,000 to the Flint Community Lab in state-of-the-art laboratory instruments, critical funding and reusable bottles used for both water sample collection and continued use at home.  In 2022, the NWF will send a second installment of 7,000 Nalgene bottles for collecting local water samples for testing.
  • Navajo Nation: In 2021, the NWF partnered with Jaden Redhair, a local Navajo designer to create the “Water is Life” bottle, which to date has raised more than $45,000 toward efforts to improve access to clean water on the Navajo Nation in partnership with two Navajo nonprofits:  C.O.P.E and Dig Deep. In 2022, the NWF is working with Redhair on a second “Water is Life” bottle design whose funds will again benefit Dig Deep’s Navajo Water Project, ultimately aiding in better sanitation systems, job training, and employment opportunities.
  • Benton Harbor, Michigan: In 2021, the NWF contributed more than $16,000 to install eight water refill stations that filter out lead in schools and also send nearly 3,000 Nalgene bottles to schools located in Benton Harbor, MI.  The NWF’s donation ensures that all students in grades K-12 have access to clean drinking water and bottles to drink it from. In 2022, water samples from all the fountains will be taken monthly and shipped to the Flint Community Lab for testing to determine filter maintenance and keep the refill stations working hard! 

How Can You Help this World Water Day? Join the Nalgene Water Fund in Closing the Domestic Water Gap

The work of the Nalgene Water Fund has only just begun. Education, advocacy, and conservation remain priority initiatives to combat the growing inequities in water access in the United States. Help us, help the many nonprofits and people working hard to right this injustice. Purchase one of the limited edition 32 oz. Nalgene Water Fund bottles designed to support domestic water issues. $5 from the sale of every NWF bottle goes toward closing the U.S. water gap.

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Let’s Find Out What We’re Made Of: Getting to Know Tritan https://nalgene.com/lets-find-out-what-were-made-of-getting-to-know-tritan/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 20:48:00 +0000 https://nalgene.com/?p=621456 Not all plastics are created equal, and we’d like you to really get to know what your Nalgene bottle is made of. Because the fact of the matter is, your Nalgene bottle is anything but ordinary. That’s in big part thanks to Tritan.

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Let’s Find Out What We’re Made Of: Getting to Know Tritan

Not all plastics are created equal, and we’d like you to really get to know what your Nalgene bottle is made of. Because the fact of the matter is, your Nalgene bottle is anything but ordinary. That’s in big part thanks to Tritan.

You probably already know that your Nalgene bottle is ready for anything, and that it’s durable, stylish, and can come in different shapes and sizes. But you may not have known that your Nalgene bottle is also made of Tritan, which is basically a next-level plastic that is simply engineered to be better. Tritan isn’t like “those other plastics,” and it’s known for being stronger, more sustainable, and more innovative than other options.

Aside from regular Tritan, which is incredible on its own, there’s also the Tritan Renew line, which is made up of up to 50% recycled materials. Part of Nalgene Outdoor’s mission is to encourage “refill, not landfill,” in order to reduce the amount of single-use water bottles that are thrown away. In the United States alone, that number is 2.5 million plastic bottles, per hour.

Nalgene Outdoor first introduced Tritan Renew to our bottles with our “Sustain” line. But we have some big news: we’re proud to announce that we are fully transitioning to making all of our Nalgene bottles with Tritan Renew. That means every Nalgene bottle will have rescued and reused some plastic that was destined for the trash.

That’s something worth raising a bottle of crisp cool water to.

So, let’s peel back what Nalgene bottles are made of. We think you’re going to like what you find.

Out with the Old: What’s up with Traditional Plastic Bottles?

In order to best understand how special Tritian is, and why it makes Nalgene bottles unlike any other, it’s important to understand the basics when it comes to traditional plastic bottles. Because the real question is: is all plastic the same? 

The short answer: definitely not.

When plastics were created in 1869, they were a major game-changer, because prior to this, only natural materials were readily available. These were heavy, expensive, in finite supply, and even controversial (like ivory). The creation of synthetic polymers was seen as brilliant, and plastics became a sturdy, lightweight, and inexpensive option with endless possibilities.

But since the mass production of plastics started just six decades ago, the latest figures show that humans have produced more than 8.3 billion metric tons of it. And in just the past few decades, single-use plastic water bottles exploded in popularity. These little bottles have contributed a lot to the production of plastic.  

 

But what exactly are plastic bottles made of? Let’s get into some of the science of plastic bottles. Most single-use plastic water bottles are made from a type of plastic called PET, or polyethylene terephthalate. Small pellets of this clear, strong plastic are melted down to form single-use bottles. 

Different types of bottles are made of different plastics. For example, milk jugs are often made from PP (Polypropylene), which can only be made translucent. Reusable bottles are often made from a different type of plastic, high-density polyethylene (HDPE). This plastic is strong, and forms a powerful moisture barrier.

Whether it’s single-use or intended for refilling, we can tell what a plastic bottle is made up of by its resin identification code, which is that little number in a triangle that you see on your plastic bottles.

How Tritan Stacks Up

Single-use bottles aren’t designed to be reused, and because of that, they can easily wear and break down. Reusable bottles are built differently to begin with, but then there’s Tritan (that’s what we’re made of). Tritan is unlike any other type of reusable plastics, especially when it comes to Tritan Renew (which we’ll dive into later).

Here’s what you need to know about Tritan:

Tritan is a BPA-free plastic. That means it doesn’t contain BPA, BPS or any other bisphenols.

Tritan is tough and built to last, making it perfect for the trail, climbing, or wherever your next adventure takes you. That means you can have it for years to come, potentially reducing waste. It’s also impact resistant, so it’s prepared for life’s tumbles and stumbles.

It’s lighter and sturdier than other materials used for bottles, such as glass. That means you can easily add it to your backpack, without adding too much weight, or being worried about it shattering.

Tritan is superior when it comes to safety and performance. It also has exceptional dishwasher durability, encouraging proper cleaning to keep your bottles safe and in good shape.

Tritan Renew has everything you love about regular Tritan, and also creates new life from old waste. More on that in a moment.

Basically, Tritan is lightyears ahead of other plastics, which is why Nalgene Outdoor is proud to make our bottles with it.

How Tritan Renew Makes a Difference

Tritan Renew is an incredible plastic that has the power to make a difference in a few different ways, from the way we create our bottles to the overall health of the planet. Our “Sustain” line originally introduced Nalgene bottles made with Tritan Renew to the world. We’re proud that we were the first to bring this new resin to the market, and it impressed us all with it’s next-generation recycling technology that transforms plastic destined for landfills into the high-performance BPA/BPS-free bottles you know and love.

Nalgene Outdoor was Born from Science, and our labware scientists realized they had a standout bottle on their hands when they started taking their laboratory bottles on backpacking trips. So you could say we’ve always been an innovative company, which is why using Tritan Renew in our all Nalgene bottles simply makes sense. 

So going forward, you’re going to find all of our Nalgene bottles will be made with Tritan Renew.

And yes, we’re just as excited as you are.

Here are just some of the reasons why Tritan Renew is such an incredible plastic:

 

Made with recycled materials: First and foremost, Tritan Renew is made up of up to 50% certified recycled content. That means we’re taking bottles destined for landfills, and turning them into brand-new bottles.

Just as tough and safe: Tritan Renew is the same tough and rugged material that you know and love. And of course, this material still passes all of the most stringent safety testing, and it’s still BPA-free.

It’s not the end of the line: Tritan Renew is created with an innovative process that breaks down plastic waste into the basic chemical building blocks of plastic. That means these materials can be recycled again and again.

 

Transforming single-use plastic waste into durable Nalgene bottles allows us to reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles, offset the use of fossil fuels, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. You can drink easily knowing that your Nalgene bottle helped save plastics from the trash and from the oceans, that it’ll last for years to come, and that it has a long future ahead of it.

Ready to check out our Tritan water bottles?

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