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Why get a metal water bottle?  Here are our top five reasons:

1) Healthy: Stainless steel bottles keep you hydrated without leaching bisphenol-a (BPA), phthlates, or lead.

2) Fresh Taste: Metal bottles offer unsurpassed taste neutrality

ditch disposables with nathan sports

ditch disposables with nathan sports

3) Durability: Stainless steel bottles dent on rare occasion, but remain usable for years.

4) Savings: If you pay $1 for a bottled drink once a day, a stainless bottle will pay for itself in 3-4 weeks.  On travel, when you might pay for drinks 3 times a day, a metal bottle pays for itself in one 7 day vacation!

earthlust nautilus bottle

earthlust nautilus bottle

5) Style: Metal bottles offer something for everyone.  Backpackers love Guyot Designs bottles; Nathan Sports bottles allows you to make a statement about Love and Recycling; Klean Kanteens are practical and colorful; EarthLust designs elevate the beautiful creations of nature.

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The folks at Klean Kanteen pointed out their bottles are included in Time magazine’s Top 5 Eco-friendly Water Bottles.  The reviewer says “This was my favorite.”  We agree!

pink 12 oz with sports top $16.55

pink 12 oz with sports top $16.55

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New designs from Nathan Sports arrived today:

Love, Recycle Bottles

Love, Recycle Bottles

These stainless steel beauties are completely BPA free, taste neutral, fit in a bike bottle cage, and hold 700 mL of your favorite beverage.  The carabiner flip top with straw makes them easy to take on all your adventures.  $24.55, also available in 5 other designs.

nathan tritan pure bottles

nathan tritan pure bottles

We also received these BPA free Tritan plastic bottles.  They are available in 500 mL, 700 mL, and 1 L sizes in a variety of translucent colors.  They are less costly than the stainless steel versions, but share the same convenient flip straw and carabiner top. $11.75 – $13.75

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25 Things about Baying Hound

The Facebook ’25 things’ note has been a huge social media phenomona.  We thought you might want to know 25 things about Baying Hound too!

25 Things about Baying Hound Ltd.

  1. Our mission is to provide the green products customers need to enjoy an earth friendly lifestyle.
  2. Our business exists to serve customers, promote eco-friendly practices and use profits wisely.
  3. Our online retail business developed as sort of a bizarre accident.  We began selling military surplus helmets on a shoestring budget and have grown from there.
  4. We had no previous experience in retail before opening BayingHound.com.
  5. Our accountants (Pusateri and Nichols) are paperless and we love that!
  6. All 4 of Rachel and Alex’s siblings have worked for us.
  7. We reclaim boxes and packing material from friends and family.  It’s a win-win situation as they want to get rid of materials and we need them.
  8. We considered participating in 1% for the Planet.
  9. We wanted to give to smaller and more varied charities so we started 1% for Good instead.
  10. Our big hound Devie is good at modeling for product photos devie with sigg
  11. Our little hound Hawise is almost never still long enough for a good photo
  12. The dogs are named after Alex’s ancient relatives
  13. The business is named after our Bluetick Coonhound, Devorguilla aka Devie.   The breed is meant for hunting raccoons but we have no interest in that.  She is, however, in relentless pursuit of squirrels and cats that dare to enter the backyard.
  14. We are still looking for dog gear that meets our production and materials standards (Email us if you know of a great green dog product!)
  15. We have shipped packages to all the continents except Antarctica. We have only shipped to South America once.
  16. Our initial idea for the company was  a microbrewery.  All of the beers were to have dog names.  We put that business idea aside after we realized how much repetitive manual labor and start-up money a microbrewery required.
  17. Alex homebrews beer, hence the microbrewery idea.
  18. We are both avid outdoor types.  Having a child three years ago made us appreciate the trips we were able to take before her and look for new ways to explore nature.
  19. Cycling is our favorite outdoor activity right now because we can enjoy it as a family.
  20. Growing our urban fruit and vegetable garden is another outdoor activity we enjoy.
  21. Two years ago, we could never have pictured maintaining the dizzying array of water bottles that we now possess.
  22. We look forward to a day when we have enough sales to warrant employees and a warehouse.
  23. In our 4 years of business, we have have sold our green gear via ebay store, amazon seller, google site with paypal buttons, a local brick and mortar store Sprout Soup and a yahoo store.
  24. We write a business blog at bayinghound.wordpress.com and personal blog at houndsinthekitchen.com
  25. The best benefit of running Baying Hound is the satisfaction we feel when we communicate with grateful customers.

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Do you use lip balm?  Do you know what’s in your lip balm?

Most balms on the market are comprised primarily of petroleum jelly, an unnatural, unsustainable ingredient.  Petroleum jelly is indeed derived from non-renewable oil, often served up in a non recyclable plastic tube.

In addition to not being eco-friendly, petroleum based balms don’t actually work well.  Petroleum is not absorbed into the skin, so it only provides surface protection.

On the other hand, all natural balms have natural oil bases.  Natural oils and shea butter (a popular all natural balm ingredient) absorb into the skin, rehydrating dry lips from the inside.

Jess' Bee Natural Lip Balms

Jess' Bee Natural Lip Balms

We are excited to carry Jess’ Bee Natural Lip Balms, now in six flavors.  Jess’ balms use only the finest ingredients, from the local beeswax to the essential oil from Florida.  All of the packaging supplies are also made in the USA: labels are printed right here in Columbus, Ohio, by a family owned company and the tubes are made in the Carolinas.  Best of all, they are hand poured to ensure the highest quality right here in our home town of Columbus Ohio.

Because we want all of you to treat your lips with these eco-friendly balms, we are offering special pricing deal.  Buy one balm for $3, two for $5.50, or four for $10.

Treat your lips to a soothing eco-friendly balm today!

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One of many reasons to choose a metal water bottle is durability.  All our BPA free bottle manufacturers make claims about durability.  But how well do they hold up?

Each time we start carrying a new line, we choose a bottle to subject to daily use for product testing.  These bottles accompany us on trips in the car, on the bike, and abroad.  We do not intentionally drop or scrape the bottles, but also do not intentionally protect them with a carrier.

Read our comments below on bottles we used daily for 6 months or more.

The SIGG bottle loses the wear and tear test.  The aluminum material dents and scratches easily. Even though this is my daughter’s bottle, I admit to dropping this bottle once with the resulting dent on lamb’s belly:

dents on sigg bottle

dents on sigg bottle

More worrisome is that the lining around the rim and paint where the screw tops is scratched off from all our tested SIGG bottles.  The lining is there to ensure taste neutrality, and while we haven’t noticed a taste difference, it is troubling that it scrapes off so easily.

paint and liner scratches on SIGG

paint and liner scratches on SIGG

Finally, we notice significant wear on the active bottle top.  The etches here collect dirt and can scratch lips too.

bite marks on SIGG active top

bite marks on SIGG active top

Klean Kanteen and Nathan Sports stainless steel bottles have held up much better.  With over six months of daily use, there are no dents on our Klean Kanteens or Nathan bottle.  The Klean Kanteens have some hairline scratches that are barely visible on the stainless surface.

Klean Kanteen surface after 10 months

Klean Kanteen surface after 10 months

The paint on the Nathan bottle is worn where it rubs on the bike water bottle cage.  This bottle is used daily at home and on frequent cycling trips.  The steel surface revealed underneath has proven to be stainless.

Nathan Sports bottle wear

Nathan Sports bottle wear

The tops on both Klean Kanteen and Nathan show little to no wear.  Interiors are like-new as well.

(We will update this test when we have used Guyot Designs and EarthLust bottles for six months.)

How are your bottles holding up?

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