Recycled Glass Bottles

Glass is Back (and it's Beautiful)

When you sit down to have a glass of water, most of the time you have it in . . . a glass. Most of us prefer to sip out of glass because it’s non-porous, nontoxic, doesn't affect the taste, and is just plain comfortable. But on the go, we use plastic—which can have environmental ramifications—or metals—which can affect the taste. If only a reusable glass water bottle were practical . . .

That's what architectural glass designer Laurel Herter thought, so she set about creating one. Although she'd seen eco-conscious folks sipping water from mason jars, she found the jar lip uncomfortable. She decided to try her hand at a redesign, and after crowd-sourcing reactions to 30 different wooden models, the unanimous favorite was passed along to glass blower Jonathan Poirer to create the bottlesUp prototype.

The glass cores are made in Mexico by a company with its own curbside recycling program, with at least 75% of the glass is recycled on site, and the food-grade silicone grippers and caps are made by a company in Maine. Each bottle is then assembled by Programs for Exceptional People, a group of special needs adults in Hilton Head Island, SC. The end result is that these unique and eco-friendly bottles are 100% sourced in North America. Everything is naturally PVC- and BPA-free, plus bottlesUp boasts the lowest carbon footprint of any water bottle in the industry.

For everyday usage, bottlesUp is comfortable, sturdy (the silicone grippers mean it can survive most tumbles, but be careful on pavement), stylish, and dishwasher-safe. Bottoms up!
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Laurel

    Hi everyone. I am happy to have my glass water bottles discovered by the team at Daily Grommet. I've been working with glass for over 30 years and so ditching the classic plastic water bottle for a beautifully designed, hand crafted glass bottle was a natural step. From the first moment of thinking that I should create a line of glass water bottles I've been on a journey of discovery. Every step of the process has brought new considerations to light. I've tried to always make the decisions that had the best outcome for the world around me and have chosen to work with others who have the same philosophies. I am very proud of the bottlesUp line here today and hope you will like them, too.

    I have a conflict this afternoon but if I can make it here, I will. I have put Jenny on the task of answering your questions in my absence.

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 12:02 PM

    Hi - we're very excited to bring you a reusable glass water bottle that blends art, function and environmental responsibility. Let us know if you have any questions!

  • Richard Shaw
    Richard Shaw
    5/5/2011 12:13 PM

    I love the idea, now if only they were MADE IN THE USA, then i'd consider buying a few of these and give them as gifts.

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 12:35 PM

    @Richard Shaw: Hi Richard, I'm glad you support made-in-USA products. We made every effort to find a glass company that could meet our green standards and our capactiy needs. After a search of 2 years they weren't to be found in the U.S. We went to our neighbors Pavisa in Mexico City, a company known for their green efforts and their beautiful glass - the only glass company that has their own curbside recycling program. Our silicone grippers and cap are made in Maine, for which we're proud to partner with them as well. Our whole bottle is made in North America. We hope you enjoy the bottle!

  • George Herter
    George Herter
    5/5/2011 2:14 PM

    @Jenny Schmitt: The whole production process at Pavisa is State of the Art. I'm glad that they've commited to cleaning up Mexico with their purchase of advanced natural gas fired equipment.

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 2:31 PM

    @George Herter: Hi George, it was wonderful to find a partner in Pavisa committed to the environment. Not only do they have their own curbside glass recycling program, as you mention, they've purchased advanced natural gas equipment. I think when you work with a beautiful natural product like glass, you just "get it" about protecting our resources. Be well, Jenny

    5/5/2011 12:24 PM

    Was ready to order a couple until I heard you make them in Mexico! Shame on you!

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 12:38 PM

    @BILL ROBERTS: Hi Bill, I'm glad to hear you support products made in the USA. We made every effort to find a glass company here in the US that met our green standards and our capacity needs. After a 2 year search, we could not find a company to meet those needs. We wish we could have found that company, too. Our silicone grippers and cap are made in the USA, and the packaging is sourced and made here in the States as well. The bottles are packaged and shipped right out of our studios in Bluffton, SC. We're always on the lookout to find our source locally! Be well, Jenny

  • Charlie Marshall
    Charlie Marshall
    5/5/2011 1:58 PM

    @BILL ROBERTS: Bill thanks for your comments. I have worked as a consultant with Laurel and her team for 2 years or more. My project was to locate manufacturers for bottlesUp products. Laurels primary objective was to put the Made in the USA label on her bottle. We located several great glass manufactures here in the states none of which could meet our requirements for run size and material content. Their position is understandable because our short runs would interfere with their more cost efficient long runs. Laurel had to make a very difficult decision; move outside our objective of all USA or stop the project. Laurel decided it was more productive to build the product in North America. Which is the right decesion. This bottle will have a positive effect on the enviorment iresspective of where it was produced.

  • Sally G
    Sally G
    9/6/2011 2:51 AM

    @Charlie Marshall: I think you made a reasonable choice. Kudos!

  • Claudia
    5/5/2011 12:26 PM

    Hi. I like the idea, I love glass, but $34.00 dollars for a bottle (which can break any time) it is outrageous. That is still one of the main problems with alternative, ecological, organics, etc, things. It seems that we should pay anything just because it is better for the planet or the environment. Price it is something that should be definitely considered. This should not cost over $5. In the end, it is a bottle.

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 12:44 PM

    @Claudia: Hi Claudia, we wish we could offer our glass water bottles for a better cost to you. Our glass water bottles are not manufactured en masse in China (which would be a cheaper, easier way, but it's not green and it's not the same beautiful product), they are crafted using ancient techniques in a modern facility. The bottles are made with a minimum of 75% post-consumer recycled glass that is sourced onsite. We have ZERO plastic in the product, we use silicone grippers and cap and minimal, recylable packaging. Lastly, this is a product designed by an acclaimed glass artist - it recently was one of six finalist for the Global Innovation Award. In short, it's not your average bottle.

    Our sturdier design (it's 15 ounces) with thicker glass ensures the bottle can take an everyday tumble. We have made every effort to stay at a reasonable cost while staying true to a green product that is "truly green."

    I wish you well, Jenny

  • Sally G
    Sally G
    9/6/2011 2:57 AM

    @Claudia: This is more than “just” an environmentally sound product, it is a high-level design. Agreed, the price is relatively high, but I see its market niche more as Nordstrom’s than Target.

  • Julia
    Julia – Grommet Team
    5/5/2011 12:27 PM

    @ Richard and Bill, bottlesUp looked into producing them in the United States, but here they could not achieve a high enough content of recycled glass. We aim to provide all the information you need to shop congruently with your values. I encourage you to explore our selection of Grommets made in the USA - See "Made in the USA" under "For Me" and " For Home".

  • Bill Roberts
    Bill Roberts
    5/5/2011 12:33 PM

    @Julia Kemp - Daily Grommet Discovery Team: Can't hardly believe that you can get better glass in Mexico than the USA. I'm doing my best to avoid anything made in Mexico. Good luck with your $34 bottle!

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 12:47 PM

    @Bill Roberts: Hi again Bill. If you'd like to learn more about our search in the USA for a glass company, feel free to email me at media(at)bottlesupglass(dot)com. It's been challenging for us as well, however Pavisa is a well-known, well-established and respected glass company. Be well, Jenny

  • Sharon
    5/5/2011 12:34 PM

    I might have ordered, but aside from being foreign made, they cost $35.00...are you serious?

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 12:49 PM

    @Sharon: Hi Sharon, to be clear, our glass water bottles are made in North America. The glass bottle is made in Mexico City, Mexico but our silicone grippers and cap are made in Maine and our minimal, recyclable packaging is made here in the States. The bottles are assembled and shipped from our studios in Bluffton, SC. We made every effort to be 100% made here in the States, our 2 year efforts brought us as close as we could be. Be well, Jenny

  • elizabeth
    5/5/2011 12:38 PM

    I love the look and idea of this. . .I have issues with my hands - how heavy is the bottle when it's full of water?

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 12:46 PM

    @elizabeth: Hi Elizabeth, the bottle is 36 ounces when completely full (bottle plus 22 ounces of water). The tapered midsection and the silicone grippers make it easier to hold securely. Let me know if you have any other questions! Be well, Jenny

  • Variable Potpourri
    Variable Potpourri
    5/5/2011 12:43 PM

    An idea to help quell the import of glass...set up drop-off bins around a few local eateries. We have a (small, local) company here that recycles glass in to counter-tops and landscaping pebbles, getting all the material by volunteered 'trash' from restaurants and residents that the County would instead burn. Glass is not recycled in the area where I currently live.

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 1:15 PM

    @Variable Potpourri: That's a great idea, and I'm glad to hear someone is making efforts to recycle glass in your area - that's the nice thing about glass, it's endlessly recyclable. As an idea, you can call your local waste management company and ask if they plan to offer glass recycling anytime soon. If not, perhaps a petition with neighbors saying they want it might persuade them to offer the service? Best of luck, Jenny

  • allimac
    5/5/2011 12:47 PM

    How does this bottle do with hot liquids? For example, could I put my morning coffee into it without fear of cracking?


  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 12:52 PM

    @allimac: Glass is great for different temperatures of liquids. With our high recycled content (minimum of 75% post-consumer) the bottle can handle warm-to-hot but not boiling hot liquids. So my answer is that it depends on how hot you brew your coffee. For me, I've kept my hot tea in it with no problems. But I take my tea hot, not boiling. Does that help? Let me know, Jenny

  • allimac
    5/6/2011 9:01 AM

    @Jenny Schmitt:

    This helps a lot - thank you. I have been considering getting another travel coffee mug as the current one is falling apart. The travel mugs may provide a bit more thermal insulation but I tend to drink it in a short time so that is not a huge factor for me. The price of the glass bottle gets more real when you include the tea/coffee uses as well. The travel mugs are not cheap and they are typically made in China. You have just made another sale. Very excited. Thanks.

  • Sally
    5/12/2011 10:16 PM

    @allimac: Check out Tervis Tumblers & Mugs for your new coffee cup. There are great & come with a lifetime replacement guarantee. AND ... they have been made in America since the 1940's. I don't work for them or anything, I just own tons of them because they are fun & work really well for hot and cold.

  • Kathleen Bruce
    Kathleen Bruce
    5/5/2011 12:48 PM

    I appreciate the efforts of the manufacturers to aim for quality, recycled materials, and the fact that they could not find this combination in the USA after 2 years is enough for me to believe that they tried to do it and couldn't. Being rude on line is not necessary. Vote with your feet if you like and don't purchase it. Others will find that they buy silly water bottles full of water for $1.50 over and over, and will spend $34.00 in a few months of buying water bottles on the fly. And, the manufacturers and innovators have to make a living as well, so if you can do it for $5.00, I urge you to enter the market and offer a high quality, low carbon imprint product for $5. I'll take a dozen. Until then, I think I'll order one. I don't like the metallic taste of metal water bottles, and I like glass over other materials. I think that if you can lower the price point at some time, that would encourage sales...but they are beautiful, and made with thought and care, and that counts for a lot as far as i am concerned. THank you. Be well. Kathleen Bruce RN

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 12:54 PM

    @Kathleen Bruce: Thanks Kathleen, I appreciate your perspective. We've made every effort to bring the best product we can to you. We're dedicated to helping minimize our impact on the environment and offer a product good for the planet and our health. Be well, Jenny

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/5/2011 12:49 PM

    We love to offer a wide range of discoveries, not all of which will appeal to everyone. Reading the comments here today, I think that some of you would enjoy the Vapur water bottle. It is also an eco-friendly choice in a different way, Made in the USA, available at a lower pricepoint.

    In addition to all of the positive features of glass, the bottlesUp bottles are absolutely beautiful, a true gem for those who love to surround themselves with beautiful things.

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 1:58 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: Katherine - it's good to know that we all have options so that we no longer have to use disposable plastic water bottles. Did you know that last year, the US consumer enough disposable plastic water bottles to circle the earth 190 times! We can all make a difference, thank you for carrying options for all of us!

  • Pressly Hall Giltner
    Pressly Hall Giltner
    5/5/2011 1:02 PM

    I have several of these water bottles, and they help me drink more water- which makes them worth the money- the price or the bottle seems small just for this very reason. I would also go so far as to say that they improve the quality of my life. The reasons that these bottles improve my life are they are beautiful, AND useful, AND healthy for ME and the MOTHER EARTH. Life is short, TREAD LIGHTLY and CARRY A BEAUTIFUL WATER BOTTLE while you are at it! Why not? These bottles are totally worth the money for all of the reasons above---what's wrong with Mexico? these bottles are employing lots of people in America as far as I can tell. Bottles UP! P

  • Kate
    5/5/2011 1:09 PM

    @Pressly Hall Giltner: I agree. If we can help to create better opportunities, with socially responsible companies in Mexico, that's a great thing. Maybe there would be fewer people who feel the need to come here illegally if there were more opportunities there.

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 1:46 PM

    @Kate: Hi Pressly and Kate, thanks for the kind words. We're proud of the beauty, the functionality, and the fact that we stayed true to our efforts to create a "truly green" product that's better for your health and our world. A fun bit of trivia about Pavisa in Mexico City for Cinco De Mayo? They not only make our bottles, they also make Patron Tequila Bottles! Be well, Jenny

  • roger gump
    roger gump
    5/5/2011 1:07 PM

    I have had a bottle for at least 3 months now and I love it!

    I use it everyday and when I ride my bike for exercise I put in the bottle rack to.

    It took some getting used to the fact that it is larger than the plastic water bottles I was buying at convenience stores,

    but its easy and I fill it up during the day. I love the hammered glass. Good on Bottles up for doing this!

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 1:28 PM

    @roger gump: Hi Roger, so glad you enjoy your BottlesUp glass water bottle. The size definitely works well whether in your car, on the counter, at your desk or even in your rack on your bike. Like you, I've been using mine at the gym and while training for a triathlon. I like that ice easily fits in through the top, you know how much you need to keep cool when exercising! Thank you for the kind words. To your health! Jenny

  • Todd Gentry
    Todd Gentry
    5/5/2011 1:17 PM

    These are beautiful. In the video, the glass artist mentioned plastic containers leaching chemicals into our food and water. Why don’t we hear more about this if that is the case, and secondly, I assume the glass bottle does not have these issues?

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 1:26 PM

    @Todd Gentry: Hi Todd, our reusable glass water bottles have no plastic - zero, zilch, nada. This makes our bottles free of BPA, BPA-b, PVCs and other chemical derivatives. Even our packaging is plastic-free! The studies on plastics leaching chemicals have made some impact (see the trend to BPA-free) but researchers are continuing to examine how plastic leaches into our food and drinks and affects our health. Even BPA-free doesn't prevent estrogenic-chemicals from getting into our food and drinks. Why haven't we heard more? That, I cannot really answer. Yet you can do something - share the research as it comes out (we share a lot of it on our blog at and make an effort to eliminate plastic (and plastic) liners in your food and drinks. Be well, Jenny

  • Corey
    5/5/2011 1:17 PM

    The bottles are amazing. We use them at work to cut down on plastic bottle waste. The quality of the product is second to none.

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 1:31 PM

    @Corey: Hi Corey, I'm so glad they work well for you and your coworkers. Imagine if every office eliminated disposable plastic water bottles?! We worked very hard to bring an amazing, beautiful, functional, and environmentally-responsible product to you. Thank you for the kind words! Be well, Jenny

  • Bill Corley
    Bill Corley
    5/5/2011 1:27 PM

    I am an electrician and I use mine on the job site everyday. It get kicked around and dropped and it has never broken. When I saw it I bought it. It's a good thing..

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 1:34 PM

    @Bill Corley: Hi Bill, I'm glad you're enjoying your BottlesUp water bottle. Its sturdier design and silicone grippers allow for an everyday tumble. We've tested them on hardwood floors, linoleum, carpeted floors and stairs and have yet to have one break. I even dropped one on concrete at a show in March and it was fine - an everyday tumble. But they *are* glass, so like any glass product, we need to just remember that one fact! To your health! Jenny

  • Stephen Loper
    Stephen Loper
    5/5/2011 1:30 PM

    My wife and I have had the Bottles for about 6 weeks now and for both of us it was what we were looking for. I disliked using plastic and did not like the feel or taste of aluminum. The feel and grip of the bottle is very ergonomic . This bottle goes were I go. Easy to wash and fill. I will and am be buying them for family and friends. Highly recommended.

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 1:37 PM

    @Stephen Loper: Hi Stephen, I'm thrilled to hear you're enjoying your BottlesUp glass water bottle. One of the benefits of glass is that there is no residual taste or odor - it's easy to get and keep glass clean. Also, since you can see through glass you can see it's clean. We designed the bottle with a slight midsection taper and silicone grippers to fit the human hand. The rolled lip opening is reminiscent of old milk glass bottles. I'm so glad it "fits" you well. To your health! Jenny

  • Charlotte and Henri Loper
    Charlotte and Henri Loper
    5/28/2011 11:14 AM

    @Stephen Loper: We agree entirely! The water bottles are easy to hold and definitely ergonomic! They make our water taste so much fresher and much more nutritional, almost as if we are trying it for the first time. We would recommended them to anyone and believe it is a great invention. I would like to thank our father for getting them for the family. They have definitely made a difference to my drink.

  • William Berry
    William Berry
    5/5/2011 1:35 PM

    I bought one formy wife

    Then I bought one for me

    I remember when nobody carried water everywhere they went but then to we didn't have phones we carried either. I quit buying plastic bottled water and it was kind of inconvenient at first, but now I fill up before I leave home and just think about it differently.

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 1:43 PM

    @William Berry: Hi William, your comment made me laugh! I never thought about how we "never carried phones" but now we all do it. I'm glad you've found bringing your own water to be easy and convenient. Did you know that bottled water can cost up to 10,000 times more than tap? So not only are you staying hydrated, you're saving money too. To your health! Jenny

  • Mike
    5/5/2011 1:36 PM

    I received my first bottle as a gift and have since taken that gesture and passed it on to friends and family. The size works perfect for riding in my truck and sticking in a backpack for day trips. Its more durable than I expected from glass. Can you make them in camo patterns? Haha!

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 1:48 PM

    @Mike: Hi Mike, I am putting "camo cover" on our research list! I'm glad you enjoy the bottle and have found it convenient on the road and outdoors as well. We designed it to be a sturdier bottle with thicker glass so that it will be durable. We hope it's the last water bottle you'll ever need! I'll keep in touch on the camo idea! Best, Jenny

  • Bobby Braddock
    Bobby Braddock
    5/5/2011 1:42 PM

    What a great idea, they are beautiful and I am looking forward to purchasing a few for gifts for family and friends.

    Bobby Braddock

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 1:51 PM

    @Bobby Braddock: Hi Bobby, thank you for the kind words. We're finding a lot of our customers come back to buy our glass water bottles as gifts for friends and family. It makes a really great gift - unique, durable, functional, and beautiful. And since they'll be used everyday, your friends or family get to think of you every time they take a sip! Be well, Jenny

  • Mark S
    Mark S
    5/5/2011 1:51 PM

    Hi Grommets,

    We work in glass design, mostly for industrial-grade products to the lighting industry.

    As part of our long term planning we looked at doing something similar a couple of years ago. These folks went far further in the use of recycled cullet [raw glass basically ] than we considered possible at the time. [Hard to get / guarantee these large amounts of recycled materials!!]

    These folks have done a great thing....

    Love the silicone rings...this is fine industrial design [hard versus soft; colors in contrast to the clear glass.]

    Anyway love it

    Great price point, btw.

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 2:10 PM

    @Mark S: Hello to a fellow glass designer! We searched high-and-lo to find a glass company that would offer us such a high content of post-consumer recycled glass. Each of our reusable glass water bottles has a minimum of 75% recycled glass. We knew it could be done, but it certainly took us two years to make it happen. The silicone rings add a fun, tactile touch as well as a water-tight seal to the cap. (And better still? No plastic!). I wish you well. If you're ever in Bluffton, come by our studios! Best, Jenny

  • Victor K
    Victor K
    5/5/2011 2:41 PM

    @Mark S: Hi Mark, IF your company ever decides to revive that 'similar project' at high production volumes, let me know how many metric tons per day you need and I'd be happy to supply you with 100% USA recycled glass.

    Thanks and take care.


    Victor K

  • Jamie V
    Jamie V
    5/5/2011 1:53 PM

    Thanks for bringing an eco-friendly beautiful glass water bottle to the market. I've got one already and love it! Nothing beats the taste of drinking out of glass.

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 2:12 PM

    @Jamie V: Hi Jamie, glad you like the bottle! The healthy thing about glass is that it doesn't absorb odors or flavors nor does it impart any (we science nerds call that "inert") and it is easy to clean. Bonus? There is no funky taste or weird flavors imparted when you drink from glass. Be well, Jenny

  • Norman Gay
    Norman Gay
    5/5/2011 1:56 PM

    I have recently been ill and having a glass water bottle by my bed has helped me to believe I am haling well every day. On top of it all, the glass sparkles in the sunlight.

  • David Vidich
    David Vidich
    5/5/2011 2:00 PM

    @Norman Gay: Norman, I like to sit my water out in the sun so the I get a UV bath that way I feel like I am drinking the sun. Keep on shining brother!

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 2:14 PM

    @Norman Gay: Hi Norman, I hope you are healing well. We can all do better keepying hydrated, especially with the summer months ahead. I'm glad you noticed our "sparkle" factor. Our recycled content and the slight hammered effect on the glass really highlight the beauty that glass can provide. I'm glad it provides health and beauty to your every day. Be well, Jenny

  • David Vidich
    David Vidich
    5/5/2011 1:57 PM

    These are beautiful bottles! I think it's great that they are made with 100% recycled glass. I've been using my orange Bottlesup bottle for over a month now and I love it. Everyone who sees it always asks "hey thats cool! where'd you get that?" So I tell them it's so important to take steps towards cutting down on our consumption of plastic: NO MORE PLASTIC- GO GLASS!

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 2:16 PM

    @David Vidich: Hi David, I have the orange one too! Our bottles are a minimum of 75% recycled glass. We looked at 100%, but the glass was too fragile and prone to break. So having a minimal amount of 'virgin' glass mixed in with the high recycled content actually makes it more durable for you. Like you, I get heaps of comments and questions when folks see my bottle. Glad you're enjoying yours! Best, Jenny

  • Michele
    5/5/2011 1:57 PM

    I ordered my bottlesUp back in April and absolutely LOVE IT! I get lots of comments and inquiries, so hopefully those are translating into sales for you. This is the latest addition to my kitchen/life conversion from plastic back to glass containers. Isn't it nice to NOT worry about the lining of your containers and the interaction with your food?! Best of luck to you all, Jenny!

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 2:19 PM

    @Michele: Hi Michele, I'm so glad you're enjoying the bottle. Like you, after reading about the leaching of chemicals from plastic containers I switched to glass as well. While heavier, it's nice to know nothing is leaching into our food. Also, they're a whole lot easier to clean wouldn't you agree? I hope more of us will realize the benefits to our health (and the environment) by switching to glass. To your health! Jenny

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/5/2011 2:07 PM

    Laurel, what a fan base you have developed! It is clear that you've made something that many appreciate. Thanks fans, for stopping by today.

  • Sue
    5/5/2011 2:14 PM

    Are these bottles dishwasher safe?

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 2:21 PM

    @Sue: Hi Sue, due to the high recycled content (a minimum of 75% post-consumer recycled glass) we recommend you hand wash the bottle. However, you can put the bottle on the top rack of the dishwasher, we recommend that you remove it before the super-high heat of the drying cycle. For me, I drop in some liquid detergent, some hot water, and shake it up; I then simply wash the outside as I would any cup. Please let me know if you have any other questions! Jenny

  • Stephanie H
    Stephanie H
    5/5/2011 2:18 PM

    I purchased one of the bottles a month or so ago and do love it. I am a personal trainer among other professions and love the weight and stability of the bottle. Water just tastes better out of glass.

    I am of the believe that we live in global economy and while it would be nice if the glass were made in the US - it's just not possible. Just because a person works in manufacturing in another country doesn't mean they are not real people who need to make a living as well.

    My only wish is that the lip of the bottle weren't quite as thick - sometimes I spill, but still love it!

    Thanks for thinking out of the bottle on this one.

    Stephanie H.

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 2:24 PM

    @Stephanie H: Hi Stephanie - "Thanks for thinking out of the bottle on this one." love it! I'm glad the stability and durability of the bottle works well for you in the gym. We designed it to be the last water bottle you'll ever need, I'm glad it's working well for you at work. Also, I've made a note to look at our design of the lip based on your feedback. We're in design phase for future products so your feedback is very helpful. Be well, Jenny

  • Sherrie
    5/5/2011 2:44 PM

    I have a BottlesUp bottle! I prefer drinking out of glass rather than plastic or metal. I feel that it's healthier and I am not contributing waste to our landfills. I have found that it is well worth the investment. It's sturdy and quite resilient as I have even dropped it before and it didn't break or chip. Love it!

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 2:48 PM

    @Sherrie: Hi Sherrie, I'm glad to hear you're enjoying your BottlesUp glass water bottle. We designed it be better for your health and for the environment - just think by choosing glass you're keeping more than 240 plastic bottles out of landfills every year! We've made that sturdier design so your bottle will take the everyday tumble. We certainly hope it's the last water bottle you'll ever need. Thanks for making a difference! Be well, Jenny

  • sherrie
    5/5/2011 3:05 PM

    @Jenny Schmitt: Do you plan to offer additional colors for the caps and rings?

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 3:16 PM

    @sherrie breen: Hi Sherrie, great question! Do you have a color you'd like us to carry? We plan to debut additional colors of caps and rings later this year. Stay tuned on our Facebook page or our blog for more news on new colors. Best, Jenny

  • Ernie and Susan
    Ernie and Susan
    5/5/2011 3:22 PM

    These bottles are fantastic! I have been sharing your idea for this product with everyone I know. I have 2 bottles and they are with us everywhere.

    We like knowing our good well water tastes even better now in these bottles!

    Thank you for creating such a great and fun product to use everyday!

    Glass is back and it is beautiful....

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 3:29 PM

    @Ernie and Susan: Hi Ernie and Susan, I'm glad to hear you're enjoying your BottlesUp glass water bottles. We designed them to be with you at your desk, in the car or on the go. Feel free to send your friends to Daily Grommet to get their own beautiful, functional and environmentally-responsible bottle. To your health! Jenny

  • Allise Marter
    Allise Marter
    5/5/2011 3:53 PM

    Purple please????

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 4:14 PM

    @Allise Marter: Hi Allise, I'll add your preference to our efforts. We recently conducted a poll on Facebook for the new colors and purple was definitely one of the top choices. Stay tuned through Facebook or our blog for news on new colors. Best, Jenny

  • Donna
    5/5/2011 4:13 PM

    dear, dear Laurel, thank you, thank you, thank you! I had given up on my search for a glass water bottle....and, then, it is! I just ordered and can't wait to receive it! Thank you, too, Daily Grommet! I look forward to your emails every day! hugs to everybody!!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/5/2011 4:24 PM

    @Donna : Hugs right back to you! We're glad to have found what you've been looking for.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    5/5/2011 4:27 PM

    @Donna : I'm glad your emails are making you happy and hopefully inspired too. One other thought on the bottles...I am buying two for the places where I most need a water bottle: one for my desk and one for my bedside. I never imagined I could have a piece of art serve that somewhat mundane purpose of having water close at hand but also not open to the air. (I am also too clumsy to keep a glass nearby. I would knock it over every day.)

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 4:32 PM

    @Jules Pieri: Hi Jules, I'm glad to hear that what's good for your Daily Grommet fans is also good for you! I'm glad you've made it easy for yourself to stay hydrated - we all know we're supposed to drink more water, we hope our bottles make it all the easier to reach that goal. To your health! Jenny

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 4:28 PM

    @Donna: Hi Donna, you are most welcome! We are thankful to Daily Grommet for sharing our reusable glass water bottle and thankful that we were the solution to your search. We look forward to shipping your bottle. Let us know what you think! Be well, Jenny

  • Diana Kruk
    Diana Kruk
    5/5/2011 7:56 PM

    I don´t think it matters if they are made in Mexico... what counts is the top quality of this product, the effort, design and environmental responsibility. Thumbs up for you all !!!!

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 8:27 PM

    @Diana Kruk: Hi Diana, thanks for the good points. We spent more than 2 years to develop a beautiful, functional and environmentally-responsible bottle. From artist to market, we made sure every step stayed true to our efforts to bring an artfully-designed and environmentally-responsible bottle to you. To your health! Jenny

  • Grant Miller
    Grant Miller
    5/5/2011 10:13 PM

    I bought one of these glass water bottles because I love glass. I take it with me surfing, there's nothing like drinking fresh water after a surf. Grant

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 10:21 PM

    @Grant Miller: Hi Grant, so glad you like the bottle. As a surfer, you must see first-hand the amount of plastic that ends up in our oceans. Ninety percent of trash in our oceans is plastic, so THANK YOU for making a difference by choosing glass! Best, Jenny P.S. If you teach surfing let me know! It's on my "to-learn list."

  • Karen Adachi
    Karen Adachi
    5/5/2011 10:17 PM

    These water bottles are works of art, beautiful and useable. I bought one in each color for our family. We love them! I love the fact they're recycled glass, kudos to Bottle's Up. Karen

  • Jenny
    5/5/2011 10:24 PM

    @Karen Adachi: Hi Karen! What a smart idea to get one in each color. It'll make it easier to keep track of which bottle belongs to who. Mind if I borrow that tip? Enjoy the bottles, please let us know what you think. To your health! Jenny

  • A. Ross
    A. Ross
    5/6/2011 10:17 AM

    What a huge accomplishment! Laurel has done an amazing job with this. I actually received the blue bottle for my's been perfect. I own a business where I'm on the go all day and it goes in the car with me and on the jobs. My water always has to be ice cold and the dimensions are perfect for adding ice. I think if we all thought about how much we actually spend each year on plastic water bottles at the grocery - we'd all own a couple of these. They're not only pretty to look at - but they work. It's a smart price and an even smarter invention. Way to go Laurel!

  • Jenny Schmitt
    Jenny Schmitt
    5/6/2011 1:13 PM

    @A. Ross: Thanks for the kind words. Did you know that bottled water can cost up to 10,000 times as much as tap water? It's true. So not only are you using a beautfiful reusable bottle that is better for your health and environment, it's also good for your wallet! Be well, Jenny

  • Jenny
    5/6/2011 1:16 PM

    Thanks for a great day on Daily Grommet. To the beauty of good health! Jenny Schmitt, BottlesUp Glass

  • Keith Wells
    Keith Wells
    5/6/2011 1:49 PM

    I've been drinking out of Mason jars at home for years, but they don't travel well and the tops are too clunky. This glass bottle sounds like just the ticket. Love that you made the effort to keep the carbon footprint low in the manufacture of this product.

  • Jenny
    5/16/2011 10:54 AM

    @Keith Wells: Hi Keith, like you, Laurel Herter was drinking out of glass Mason jars, when as a glass artist, she knew she could design something better. I'm glad you like the design - we made it to taper slightly to fit the human hand (and silicone grippers add to it) and the milk-bottle style of rolled lip makes it easy to drink from (while still giving you room to add in ice!). Enjoy the bottle! Be well, Jenny

  • Bill Dallam
    Bill Dallam
    5/6/2011 4:39 PM

    I love this bottle! It's easy to fill, easy to clean and easy to hang on to. I was so tired of recycling the plastic crap.

  • Jenny
    5/16/2011 10:52 AM

    @Bill Dallam: Hi Bill, I'm glad you're enjoying the bottle! Like you, I'm so thankful to have fewer plastic water bottles in my recycling bin and I get to save money by using glass. Thanks for your support! Jenny

  • Weston McClure
    Weston McClure
    5/7/2011 8:14 PM

    I have the blue bottle and keep it on my desk at work, i get compliments on it daily. Drinking from glass makes such an obvious difference, and every time i refill it I feel good about myself! One less plastic bottle to clutter our world! Thanks Bottles Up, you rock!

  • Jenny
    5/16/2011 10:49 AM

    @Weston McClure: Hi Weston - I'm so glad you're finding great value in your BottlesUp reusable glass water bottle. By using our bottle, you can help reduce the production and disposal of more than 240 plastic water bottles each year. That's something to be proud of! Be well, Jenny

  • LaDena
    5/11/2011 11:53 AM

    Sourced in North America - :0)

    Made in Mexico - :0(

  • Jenny
    5/16/2011 10:51 AM

    @LaDena: Hi LaDena, we made every effort to find a glass company that could meet our green standards and our capactiy needs here in the United States. After a search of 2 years they weren't to be found in the U.S. We went to our neighbors Pavisa in Mexico City, a company known for their green efforts and their beautiful glass - the only glass company that has their own curbside recycling program. Our silicone grippers and cap are made in Maine, for which we're proud to partner with them as well. Our whole bottle is made in North America, keeping our efforts as close to home as possible. Be well, Jenny

  • neil
    5/13/2011 1:02 PM

    I would have gotten one until I saw the price's starting at 33. That's such a shame that companies think they can take advantage like that your supposed help try to get rid of plastic not rip people off.

  • Jenny
    5/16/2011 10:47 AM

    @neil: Hi Neil, I can appreciate a good deal as well. The price of a BottlesUp glass water bottle reflects very real costs - it's not a fully manufactured bottle using the cheapest possible production methods. Our glass water bottles are made using ancient techniques in a modern facility. We use a minimum of 75% post-consumer recycled glass, we use silicone and zero plastic. We use minimal and recycleable packaging. Combined, these efforts create a glass water bottle that is beautiful, functional and environmentally-responsible - we hope it would be the last water bottle you'd ever need. I can understand that its price point may be high for you, thankfully Daily Grommet offers additional options so you can have a water bottle without the need for disposable plastic. Be well, Jenny

  • Davis
    5/27/2011 12:53 PM

    Wow - the bottles and the craftsmanship appear fantastic. I was initially taken aback by the price and began to look at the ROI and the tangible benefits of drinking from a glass bottle. Well, concerning the ROI, at $4.50 for a 30-pack of .5 litre bottled water, that is really quite a few cases. Doing the right thing, though, is priceless. Generally, however, when I spend $30.00+ for a bottle it is because it contains aged tequila or single malt whiskey.

    I would gladly pay $50.00 for two of these beautiful bottles, but the current price for a single piece relegates this purchase to the category of highly luxurious gift (to myself), and for those, I frequently do without. Regrettably, for the moment, I am sticking with my less than elegant aluminum standby.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/27/2011 2:48 PM

    @Davis: Thank you for sharing your thoughts. You should consider adding this bottle to a gifting wishlist. I bet there is someone who is always stumped about what to get you for a gift and knowing that you would like this will solve a shopping dilemma.

  • Pam
    7/21/2011 12:19 PM

    I love my bottles I got two of them and my granddaughter discovered the rings come off so I now have multi colored bottles. The other thing we discovered is that if you add carbonated water to the bottle, the top will pop off, with a LOUD pop, soon after covering it. It can make you laugh, or it can just startle you... either way it gets your heart pumping!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/21/2011 12:36 PM

    @Pam: Oh my goodness, that's good to know and be prepared for! Thanks for stopping back. We're glad that you love your bottlesUp bottles.

  • Jo
    8/12/2011 3:48 PM

    I love this bottle! It is beautiful and feels good to hold. However, there is a slight design flaw. You cannot drink all the way to the bottom without bending over backwards. The wide mouth hits my and my family's noses. (We have just your average nose size.) We do not use it as a take-along water bottle but for extra milk or juice to from fridge to table. Still love this bottle!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/12/2011 4:38 PM

    @Jo: thank you for sharing your experience with these bottles.

  • Catherine
    10/12/2011 9:39 PM

    I have the green bottle, which I LOVE!! tonight watching "Storage Wars" Brandy is walking around with the orange bottle! Cool!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/12/2011 11:56 PM

    @Catherine Connon: We're glad you love it, and what a fun spotting of a Grommet in the wild!

  • AT
    10/25/2011 12:41 AM


    I am very interested in this bottle. Can someone please tell me if they will be coming out w/ a smaller one? My father-in-law gave me a similar big bottle, but the large size is not conducive for me because I am a student and need to just throw something small in my bag.

    Also, can someone tell me if it will be okay with hot liquids? I know many do, but I wasn't sure about this one. I drink both water and coffee during the day and hate to bring in two bottles into work.



  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/25/2011 8:56 AM

    @AT: The BottlesUp bottle is fine for warm to hot liquid but not boiling hot liquid, so it just depends on how hot you like your coffee. As far as the size, this is the size that they are producing for the foreseeable future. Best to you in your studies. We're glad you took a break to visit us today.

  •  Maria 'Molland'
    Maria 'Molland'
    9/29/2012 12:41 PM

    This is fantastic. I have been looking to replace the glass water bottle I found at my stepdad estate. Could NOT find one! Thanks :O)

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