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Mexican Water Bottle Gourds

By Jenn (TinyChoices.com) | January 4, 2012

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a water bottle post here at Tiny Choices, but some of you may remember that we used to write them fairly often– trying to avoid disposable plastic water bottles meant there was some thought going in to which option worked best for our lifestyles.

Well, I was recently told about a type of water bottle I’d never heard about before– and, talk about being green!  Turns out that the traditional way of carrying water in Mexico is in a “Mexican Water Bottle Gourd” (Lagenaria siceraria)!

It’s impossible to get more eco-friendly than these: it’s a gourd.  With a corn-cob stopper.  And if you want to get fancy, a piece of rope tied onto it as a handle.

So while we debate the merits of stainless steel vs. aluminum vs. glass, and worry over the type of paint used in the pretty design, and whether the bottles are made in the US or China… we could all instead be carrying around these awesome gourd water bottles and call it a day.

If you want to DIY one yourself, you can buy a Mexican water bottle gourd online for about $5 and make your own canteen… and whittle yourself a corncob stopper after a nice homecooked dinner.

[Image by Mixtec.org]

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