It’s a beautiful day in late September. You and your friends drive up to Mount Spokane for a sunrise hike, catching some of the last few warm days of the year. 

A picture-perfect moment as you and your friends enjoy breakfast at sunrise. You reach behind yourself into your pack to grab your brand-new Hydro Flask, only to have it slip out of your hands. To your horror you watch your shiny new pastel pink $50 Hydro roll down the side of the mountain, hitting every rock on its way down. 

You rush down the slope after it, as you fear for the worst. Alas, when you go to pick up your poor, dusty water bottle you find it riddled with dents and scratches. Your stomach sinks as you realize your once pristine, glossy Hydro is now nothing more than an expensive and dented piece of metal. 

Shaking your head as you make your way back up to your friends, you curse yourself for not buying a Nalgene instead.  

 First created by scientists in 1940, Nalgene has been an American company for over 80 years. 

The bottles were praised for their durability and lightweight design from the day they were first produced, and are still beloved by hikers, athletes and everyday folk alike.

Built for science but created by nature lovers, Nalgene is a staple accessory for all outdoor adventures. From backpacking and hiking, snowboarding and back country skiing, to casual strolls outside, Nalgenes are the perfect addition to your everyday routine.  

The last thing students lugging around heavy backpacks for long hours need is an additional pound and a half to 2 pounds of water, clanking around in their backpacks. Why add any extra weight to your weary backs when you could just opt for a lighter weight option?  

Not a day goes by where I don’t spontaneously drop at least one thing, and many of those times it’s my trusty Nalgene that hits the deck. 

My Nalgene has taken some intense hits, from slipping off my chairlift and ricocheting off every possible metal surface on its way down, to acting as a stand-in chew toy for a teething puppy, it’s made it through all these mishaps and more with nothing but a few scratches to show for it. 

The company has just introduced its new line of Nalgenes, which are made with 50% recycled plastic. What’s more, the company is always partnering with various conservation organizations. 

Nalgene and REI have collaborated for years, and if you buy a limited-edition Nalgene the revenue will go toward one of many environmental organizations they work with. 

Nalgene doesn’t just talk the talk, they actively walk the walk, too. All Nalgenes are made in the U.S., whereas all Hydro Flask manufacturing locations are all offshored overseas. By manufacturing the bottles in the country, the company is  able to decrease its carbon footprint and its emissions. 

The main argument made in favor of Hydro Flasks over Nalgenes is the fact that they can keep your drink colder or warmer for longer. 

Sure, there’s no denying that metal is a better insulator than plastic, but how excited are you going to be about your water staying just above freezing if you have a major dent on the side of your overpriced hunk of metal? 

Regardless of which you chose to spend your money on (one of which *cough* Hydro Flask *cough* is a lot more money) you are helping lessen the amount of plastic ending up in our oceans, and creating a positive impact on the environment we all share.

Audrey Measer is the opinion editor. Follow her on Twitter: @audrey_measer.

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