As we've blogged about before here, it's been a long journey to discover where Water Gallery fits. Are we an art piece? Are we a drinking vessel? Are we a dining table centerpiece? Are we a unique gift? Are we a kitchen essential? Well, we've discovered over time that we are all of these things and we are different things to different people. But one thing we can say for sure is we are not bottled water.
When you think of bottled water, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Most likely it's a cheap, single-use, plastic bottle created solely to be consumed immediately and discarded. With bottled water, typically the focus is on the water-- spring, sparkling, alkaline, flavored, or glorified tap water. But the focus is almost never on the vessel itself. Sure, there are some attractive plastic water bottles out there like Fiji or Voss, who highlight the exotic locations of their springs, but what they all have in common is the high carbon footprint and negative environmental impact.
Conversely, when you think of a water bottle, most likely you think of re-use and positive impact on the environment. With a water bottle, perhaps something more personal comes to mind, a drinking vessel that is meant to be reused repeatedly and is a reflection of who you are. Maybe you're a jogger and you chose one for its portability and grip; maybe you bring one to and from work every day and you want the bottle that sits on the corner of your desk to be pleasing to the eye; maybe you're vehemently anti-plastic and you worked hard to find a water bottle that is either stainless steel or glass.
I think we can all agree that a water bottle is superior to bottled water, primarily because of the latter's negative environmental impact. What Water Gallery has worked hard to achieve is bringing artistic functionality to a water bottle. When you buy a Water Gallery glass water bottle, you are not buying bottled water; you are buying a reusable, eco-friendly, and incredibly gorgeous piece of functional art. You buy it for the bottle, not the water. In closing, always remember: Water Gallery is NOT bottled water.