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ENJOY | The Green Life

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Whether you prefer your beverages hot or cold, there's no need to ever again slink out of the coffee shop feeling guilty. These reusable drink containers—all BPA-free—will keep you from wasting cups and bottles. —Avital Andrews

Faucet Face

Prefer glass to plastic? FAUCET FACE feels you. After all, glass is fully recyclable and never leaches chemicals. Its sturdy 14.4-ounce containers remind us of old-fashioned milk bottles and come emblazoned with mottoes intended to glamorize tap water. For each four sold, the company donates a sand filter to India, where many families lack clean water. $15 ($25 for two)


When your travel plans or space constraints call for a flexible liquid-toting solution, take along the Runway pouch from VAPUR. It's light, foldable (when empty), sleek, and enlivened by bold, couture-inspired patterns. A looped-in carabiner adds function. $10


For a straightforward design that gleams but doesn't sweat, you can't do much better than a bright-colored stainless-steel bottle from S'WELL. It's double-walled, so it keeps hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours and cold drinks cold for up to 24—and it's great for wine and beer too. S'well donates a percentage of its proceeds to WaterAid, a charity that helps the world's poorest people gain access to clean water. $35 for the 17-ounce size, $45 for the 25-ounce size

Bambooo Bottle

Bamboo is a sustainable material, yes, but it happens to be an insulating one too. The Bamboo Bottle uses the wood to hug a 17-ounce, recycled-glass interior. You can add a classic lid ($6) or a hot one ($8) that will keep your coffee piping. The BAMBOO BOTTLE COMPANY donates 1 percent of its proceeds to environmental nonprofits. $20

Liberty Bottleworks

If you're reading this magazine, you likely have a beyond-normal love of hiking and/or public transportation. LIBERTY BOTTLEWORKS lets you display both of those eco-passions with patriotism—the company claims to produce the only made-in-the-USA metal water bottle and donates 1 percent of its proceeds to environmental causes. Its artist-driven designs include the Topo and the Mass Transit collections. $19

Photos by Lori Eanes (5)

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