Is it just me or have water bottles suddenly become the new accessory du jour? Or is it because this is the first year (I know, embarrassingly late to the party) that I've properly got into Love Island and have noticed all the glamorous young things seem to be spending a huge proportion of their time lolling on sunloungers, sipping from big plastic sports bottles? These particular bottles, I am reliably informed by my esteemed colleague and no-brow TV-obsessive, Emily Baker, are not just *any* bottle, though. They are, in fact, special bottles that you can get personalised. You can order them here from the official Love Island merchandise shop and, after that, feel free to channel Samira or Dani or whoever your current favourite is, for £15. Couple me up.
Love Island or no, I am glad that water bottles are the height of fashion – because this is a sign that everyone is starting to be a little more conscious about the planet. Not too sure if baby turtles with plastic poisoning are top of the Islanders' priorities – they have people to snog and prize money to win – but I'm prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt. The more everyone starts to drink tap water, the fewer bottles get chucked into the ocean, the more marine life we’ll save and the fewer micro-plastics we’ll ingest. Win, win. Also, think of the money you could save. A litre of Evian costs about 75p and buying one of these a day amounts to a landfill-sized £273.75 a year. I can think of better ways to spend that money, can't you?
There's one really positive outcome from this new demand for water bottles, too – brands have upped their game, design-wise. It means you can now find ones with sections to infuse fruit as well as with built-in filters (great if you're squeamish about tap water). I also love the stainless-steel water bottles that cleverly keep cold water cold and hot water hot. It also means an end to drinking lukewarm water from those icky, plastic-y water bottles of old – the ones that tend to take on the flavour of a dishwasher tablet if you use them more than twice. I’ve rounded up my favourites here:
THE ONE THAT REMINDS YOU TO DRINK
The lid will add a dot each time you fill up the bottle, keeping track of how much water you drink.
THE ONE THAT KEEPS DRINKS HOT AND COLD
S'well's clever design keeps drinks cold for 24 hours, or hot for 12 hours.
THE ONE FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T LIKE TAP WATER
This comes with a special charcoal filter that lasts six months, which is meant to make your tap water taste nicer.
THE ONE THAT MAKES WATER TASTE GOOD
A water bottle from the water-filter specialists, Brita, which comes with a replaceable disc water filter.
THE ONE THAT'S ALL OVER INSTAGRAM
Glass water bottle with a silicone cover to insulate.
the one that fits into a bag
A flat water bottle that slots neatly into a laptop case.
the one that looks good on a desk
Made from stainless steel, this is another bottle that keeps hot drinks hot and cold ones cool. In a range of funky prints and patterns.
the one that infuses fruit
Inside the centre of this sports bottle is a removable infuser – simply add berries, citrus, mint or cucumber to sweeten your water.
the one that looks good in a gym
The sports bottle that filters as you drink. Replacement filters are readily available, too.
the one that's good on the move
Use on the go or convert it into a jug-and-cup combo.
THE ONE FOR MILLENNIALS, NATCH
Avocado design, stainless-steel body – what's not to love?
THE SUPER-DUPER ONE
This canteen is triple-insulated and vacuum sealed, meaning it stays cold for 25 hours and hot for 12. It also fits ice cubes.