Quite a long time ago, we bid goodbye to plastic.
Yes, that should include plastic people, but it’s not as easy as getting rid of plastic cups. Hee hee.
As I was saying, we stopped using plastic utensils at our house. Well, almost. We still have a lot of Tupperware, and some of them are barely used, so we still use them from time to time. In fact, I wrote a post about saying goodbye to plastic in my old blog. We began by buying glass milk jars and mason jars. I was using a Snapware glass tumbler (still using it!), and since Yuri was still 2-years old then, I decided to get him a stainless steel tumbler.
His first stainless steel tumbler was a Kid Basix Safe Sporter bottle. It was the perfect size for his needs and it was light enough to carry around. (Read my review of Kid Basix Safe Sporter.)
It’s so durable that we’re still using it now. However, since Yuri was using it every single day (and was taking it with him every single moment – he drinks a lot), it has become a little worse for wear. It’s still usable, but one look at it and you can say it has seen better days. He’s also outgrown its size and has begun asking for more water (even when I just refilled it), so I knew it was time for a replacement.
I was window shopping (online, of course!) for another brand of stainless steel bottle and came down to Camelbak, Thermos, and KleanKanteen. Belonging to the same price range, I was happy to have any of the three. However, as luck would have it, I stumbled upon a sale in Cudsly where they were selling Thermos Funtainers at 40% off!
From around P1,350, it was down to less than P750! What a blessing!
(Sorry, mums. This sale happened late May – early June I think. I was on a blogging hiatus then.)
I quickly grabbed a Thermos Funtainer, which unfortunately came in a SpongeBob design. Fortunately, the design wears off. Hee hee. Some pictures:
THERMOS FUNTAINER VERDICT:
We’ve had the Funtainer for 3 months now. Thermos Funtainer is a tad heavier than Kid Basix Safe Sporter, but I really can’t say anything bad about it. I haven’t seen it leaking yet (except for the time I didn’t put the straw back in correctly), and it delivers in terms of keeping liquids cold for a long time. In the last picture above, I put some ice into Yuri’s water, and a couple of hours later, while the ice has already melted, the water remained ice cold. That was in the middle of a hot afternoon without A/C!
I also love the push-button design of this container. With our Safe Sporter, you need to manually open the lid to drink water. It wasn’t problematic, but this push-button has spoiled me. It’s a lot more convenient (especially when you’re carrying a lot of other stuff) and much more hygienic. Though Yuri can open bottles with ease, he prefers just pushing the button especially when he’s busy playing haha.
I’m very happy with our Thermos Funtainer and, even though it takes up a lot of space in my bag, I don’t have a problem bringing it along every time we go out.
However, a straw cleaner is really necessary! It’s quite hard to thoroughly clean.
You need to learn from my experience with our previous Safe Sporter, though. Don’t put liquids other than water inside the bottle (e.g. juice or chocolate milk). The steel might corrode, and some tiny solid particles might get stuck inside the parts of the bottle.
Scratch that – as much as possible, even when you’re using plastic bottles, don’t get into the habit of using them for juices and milk. I only put juices and milk in open cups and glasses.