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ALEX

Reusable Water bottle

A Better Bottle

ALEX, where have you been all our lives? Where were you when we tried to pour smoothies into our old narrow-necked water bottles? Or when we wanted to add ice cubes to our on-the-go H2O? And let’s not forget cleanup. Do you know how hard it is to scrub yesterday’s orange juice from the bottom of a reusable bottle?

But that’s all in the past now. ALEX is here, thanks to Chris Hotell, who came up with the idea of a water bottle that unscrewed in the middle. Chris turned his idea into reality with the help of his mom,
Marta Hotell, and his wife Gretchen Bleiler, a professional snowboarder (and Olympic medalist) who drives the team’s design and sustainability efforts. The name stands for "Always Live EXtraordinarily", and it represents the trio’s commitment to sustainable living – without sacrificing simplicity, convenience or style.

Indeed, ALEX lives up to its extraordinary moniker. The body is built from 50% recycled stainless steel, and the carrying strap is made from recycled plastic water bottles. The middle joint makes it easy to clean (by hand or in the dishwasher) and simple to reconfigure. ALEX comes in two different sizes, and if you join half of the 32-ounce bottle with half of the 20-ounce bottle, you can expand your sizing options.

We’re glad you’ve arrived, ALEX. Now we’re never going to let you go.

— Angella
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Chris
    Chris

    I'm Chris, one of the co-founders of ALEX. At ALEX we are intent on improving the planet one idea at a time. Our alex bottle breaks the traditional water bottle mold. With a twist of the wrist we now have a way to thoroughly clean, dry and compactly store our water bottles. Upgrade your water bottle today and you'll be happy with your decision for many years to come. I look forward to answering your questions!

  • Lia
    Lia
    11/1/10 2:18 PM

    Why don't you allow people to get to the vendor's website anywhere on the supplier's page when you advertise the product? There is NO easy link that I can find to get to Alex's website, if he has one and I would assume there is one, no? I don't want to go searching for it. I'd rather just click to it from the Grommet. Not very friendly for the Grommet.

  • Chuck
    Chuck
    11/1/10 4:50 PM

    @Lia: I agree with Lisa. I think she has a real good suggestion here.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/1/10 5:03 PM

    @Lia: We try to give you all of the information that you need to make your purchasing decisions right here at Daily Grommet. If there is something that we've missed, we have this message board for you to inquire further.

    You may not realize that we do not charge a company to be featured at Daily Grommet. We do not clutter our site up with advertising, either. The only way that we make money to continue to do what we are doing is by selling the products we feature through our site. If you like what we are doing, you will stay here to make your purchases! Thank you as always for your support!

  • Marguerite
    Marguerite
    11/1/10 4:50 PM

    Hi. Love the idea for this water bottle. Are all the pieces dishwasher safe?

    Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/1/10 5:24 PM

    @Marguerite: Absolutely dishwasher safe!!

    Further details about this and any Grommet that we feature can be found above the story (below the video) on a tab called "Details". Thank you!

  • mandy
    mandy
    11/1/10 5:07 PM

    how does one drink from the bottle? do you have to open it and drink from the cup?

    Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/1/10 5:32 PM

    @mandy: Good question. It's so exciting to talk about the improvements with this innovative design, that we missed showing that part! You remove the cap and drink from the opening:

  • Lauren
    Lauren
    11/1/10 9:25 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: Okay, I get that you drink from the top opening. But what is the piece (cup?) that is inserted into the bottom half before the top is screwed on? Does it hold ice or something? I do like that it comes apart in the middle for ease of cleaning, but I don't quite get it. I think it needs to be explained more on the website, or in the video maybe. :)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/2/10 7:39 PM

    @Lauren: Chris has put together a video for us below. The water bottle itself has two body pieces and a cap. The two body pieces can nest into each other when not in use for more compact storage.

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    11/1/10 5:58 PM

    Being dishwasher safe was a huge focus for us. We all use smoothies, powdered drinks, etc and now we know it can actually get cleaned out! So nice. Thanks Mandy!

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    11/1/10 6:00 PM

    One other thing...ALEX stands for "Always Live Extraordinarily". A little motivation to go with your hydration!

  • Emily
    Emily
    11/1/10 8:34 PM

    Can this be used for hot items like coffee? I see oatmeal in the details which I assume would be hot, but want to make sure.

    Also, any idea how much life I can reasonably expect before recycling it and getting a new one?

    Last - what is the screw-on part of the center seal and mouth seal made of?

    Great idea Chris!

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    11/1/10 11:47 PM

    Hi Emily! ALEX isn't double walled so we don't recommend it for hot beverages. We do however use it for oatmeal by compacting ALEX to half it's size so it's like a double walled cup. We have some great photo's of ALEX users on camping trips doing the same. So great because you can wash the oatmeal out and go right back to using water out of it.

    As for lifespan, we like to think that by ALEX being cleanable it can last forever, but just in case forever comes a bit early, we offer a manufacturing defect warranty for 2 years. On that note, the one part of the bottle that we thought could potentially breakdown after years and years of use is the silicone seal gasket inside the center of the bottle, so we strategically made that piece removable and actually give you an extra one with ALEX. (It's also removable so you can get a deeper clean). Our intention is to have ALEX be the last bottle you ever buy.

    The band around ALEX is called "Clean Seam Technology" or "CST" and it's made from BPA free non-toxic Polypropylene #5. We put it on the outside of the bottle so that the inside of ALEX would be stainless steel to stainless steel. The Cap is also Polypropylene #5, but the bottle lip that you drink from is Stainless Steel.

    Awesome Questions Emily! Let me know if you have anymore!

  • Emily
    Emily
    11/2/10 1:28 AM

    @Chris Hotell: shucks, I was hoping this was a solution for cleaning the coffee scrud out of my husband's thermos! But I'll settle for a new water bottle for my bike - I hate the plastic taste I get from my current plastic bottle. Do you know the circumference of the widest part of the bottle? I love that it stacks inside itself to store or pack small. I'm also liking the idea of sealing my phone and keys in it when I'm out in the yard or picking crops at our local CSA - don't like to have them in my pocket when I'm bending or crouching, but like them to be near & they get all dirty. Can seal same inside when we go kayaking since it would be water proof and would float - better send me the width of the interior too to see if phone would fit . . . so many great ways to welcome ALEX into our lives!

  • Linda-Rae
    Linda-Rae
    11/2/10 1:28 AM

    While this product looks interesting - I didn't see anyone actually putting liquid in it or cleaning it!

  • Nena Jones
    Nena Jones
    11/2/10 4:13 AM

    It doesn't really show how to fill and drink out of it. Can you put ice in it? It looks like ice can be put in if you open it in half but is it big enough on top to put ice in? I assume liquid can be filled from the top opening. Is it insulated to keep cold things cold and hot things hot? It looks pretty cool. It is a great idea.

    Thanks, Nena

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    11/2/10 1:38 PM

    Awesome Emily! So many great use cases for ALEX other then just drinking water from it! As for the diameter of ALEX, it's diameter at the base is 2.75" so that it can fit in almost any car cup holder. That was a huge design goal for us. The diameter at the center where it comes apart is 3.50". So, if you want to put things inside of it, they need to be 2.75" or narrower. We know you'll love ALEX and if you decide to get one the definitely share your "Use Cases" with us! We love to hear about other ways people creatively use ALEX!

  • Robin
    Robin
    11/2/10 4:01 PM

    @Chris Hotell: Who is this Emily person?!?!?!? What a great idea to store things in Alex while you go on a raft trips! This is a pretty cool site and it looks like you got some great comments.

    Robin

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    11/2/10 1:56 PM

    Good question Nena! You can definitely either fill the bottom half with ice cubes, screw together and then fill up with water or other liquid, or just put ice cubes in through the mouth opening at the top of the bottle. Perfect for ice water or the occasional margarita!

    As for keeping liquids cold or hot, ALEX isn't double walled insulated, so we don't recommend it for hot beverages. Since it's stainless steel, it can keep liquids cold for a while, but not for hours and hours.

    I hope this answers your questions! Thanks so much!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/2/10 4:46 PM

    Thank you for all of your questions and comments everyone! Chris put together this video to help you better understand how to use and clean the alex bottle. Thank you Chris!

  • Dan Weinreb
    Dan Weinreb
    11/4/10 7:50 AM

    I'm having trouble with the video posted above with the comment of Nov 2, 4:46 PM. When I try to play it, I get a message saying "This is a private video. If you have been sent this video, please make sure you accept the senders friend request."

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/4/10 1:16 PM

    @Dan Weinreb: Thank you for letting us know! It should be fixed now.

  • Dan Weinreb
    Dan Weinreb
    11/4/10 7:53 AM

    I just got one each of the 20 oz and 32 oz, and they look great! I very much appreciate your sending spare silicone o-rings; I have no idea how long these rings last, but as you little insert says, one might break them when washing, by accident.

    I have just one suggestion: it would be nice if you could provide a "sippy top", or whatever they are called. That is, a little thing on the top that folds open, that you can drink through. We have a lot of water bottles with those, and they're very useful. One advantage is that you can't lose the cap, since there's no need to detach it. So perhaps you could consider that for a future product (and it would be great to be able to buy them as an upgrade to the current product, for those of us who have already bought them). Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/5/10 10:50 AM

    @Dan Weinreb: Great suggestions! I have forwarded your feedback on to Chris.

  • Kristine
    Kristine
    11/8/10 12:18 PM

    How do you drink from this? I work in an environment where I need to be able to simply sip from an attached straw that can then be closed in the event I tip the bottle over. Please let me know what the drinking style of this bottle is.

    Thanks

    Kris De Young

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/9/10 12:22 PM

    @Kristine DeYoung: It has a cap that separates from the bottle and you drink from the opening, so it is not an attached straw that can be closed.

  • Gina
    Gina
    11/20/10 10:08 AM

    When I see a product like this, I could kick myself in the head for not having thought of such a simple concept myself! Seriously though, no more wondering if the inside of the bottle is really clean or if all the soap is really rinsed out. Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/20/10 1:01 PM

    @Gina: I completely agree. It just takes a little frustration to come up with a great product improvement!

  • Patricia
    Patricia
    12/2/10 2:04 PM

    This looks like something that would work well for iced tea, since one could put the boiling water and tea bags into the stainless bottle but handle it wit a pot holder while the tea was brewing, and then add ice when the brewing was done.

    This product would be a great deal more useful for me if it had a loop between the lid and the bottle, or some kind of loop on the lid. What I mostly use these days is the BPA-free heavy duty plastic containers sold at Whole Foods, most of which have some sort of loop that makes it possible to carry the container with one's finger (in some cases, the loop is something that keeps the lid from being lost). I'm disabled and mostly use two canes, so I like to use a bottle that has a loop.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/2/10 4:00 PM

    @Patricia Gross: This would work fine for your iced tea, good idea! The lid does have a loop on the top. You can see it here. Would that work for you?

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly
    3/14/11 1:06 PM

    To me, this is an old-fashioned way of doing business, and it doesn't guarantee you a piece of the profits if someone does the simplest research to go to the vendor's website. Why on earth don't you just create affiliate links. This way, if they have enough information, they can buy directly from your site. If they want to go to the vendor's site, you can still get a piece of the profits? Everyone wins. You would need to require the vendors to have the infrastructure for an affiliate program, but that isn't hard and would be worth if for the free advertising.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/14/11 1:26 PM

    @Kimberly: Thanks for your insight and taking the time to let us know your thoughts. We continually look at the pros and cons of various models and this is the one that works best for us at the moment. We're glad you stopped by today.

  • global mom
    global mom
    6/18/11 1:38 PM

    LOVE the idea and look! I like that it can be cleaned easily and can be stacked in the cupboard when not in use. I would like the dimensions for the 20 oz bottle please, length specifically. I'm trying to find one that fits nicely in my teen son's lunch box. I really wish someone made a 12-16 ounce water bottle that fit nicely in lunch boxes without a childish theme.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/18/11 4:45 PM

    @global mom: The 20 oz Alex bottle is 8 inches long. It compacts to 6 inches long for storage. At its widest point it is 3 and 3/8ths inches. That would be great if it would work for him.

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