What is the world’s most precious substance?


We all need water.

Plenty of water.

But I have to admit, 3 liters a day seems a bit extreme.

But what do I know? It’s not like I am a doctor.  I’m a lawyer, and I can’t remember a class on hydration in law school.

So, it seems I have not been drinking nearly enough water.  Now I could move my desk so that it sits adjacent to the water cooler (Bubbler to those of you in the midwest), but my boss might frown on that plan.  So instead, I decided I needed a water bottle.  So I started looking around for a water bottle made in the U.S.  I was pleasantly surprised to find a firm making world-class water bottles in Yakima, a city here in Washington State.  The firm is Liberty Bottle Works.

Liberty Bottle Works is the brainchild of Tim Andis.  Tim used to work as a manufacturers’ representative and when REI asked him to find a company making water bottles in the U.S., Tim found there were none.  So, in typical American fashion, he decided to create a firm to make U.S. water bottles.

Liberty Bottle Works has only been in production for a year, but already has 32 full-time employees.  Tim’s firm has an extraordinary employment approach: you only get a job at Liberty Bottle Works’ if you are currently unemployed!  Liberty Bottle Works’ has made promotional bottles for head bangers like Motley Crue and Iron Maiden, as well as country-music legend Toby Keith.  Tim’s approach to the production of his water bottles ensures that members of our extended American family are being employed.  All of the machines in Tim’s factory were made in the U.S. and all of the components of the bottles are domestically produced.

Liberty Bottle Works bottles are gorgeous because of a new patented digital printing technology that actually gives texture to the graphics.  Liberty Bottle Works does about eight collections of graphics: Kids, Straight Up, Artisan, Karma Repair, Freedom, Pro, Custom, Topo, and Mass Transit.  My three favorites are Silver Hunter,

New York City,
and Mt. Rainier.

I have never climbed Mt. Rainier, but I have hiked on the mountain more times than I can count.  I told Tim how much I liked the Mt. Rainier bottle.  Tim was nice enough to send me some Mt. Rainier bottles to give away, so if you like the bottle as much as I do, you can get your paws on one.  If you would like a Liberty Bottle Works Mt. Rainier bottle, all you have to do is leave a comment and tell me the height of Mt. Rainier.  When the bottles are gone, the competition is over!  So get on Wikipedia, discover the height of Mt. Rainier, and then leave me a comment with the required information and the bottle is yours!  Boy, writing this post has made me very thirsty; excuse me while I start on my 3 liters for the day.

Mt Rainier

Mt Rainier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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About tapirking

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make.
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14 Responses to What is the world’s most precious substance?

  1. Very good article. It is very difficult to find water bottles made in the USA. As far as 3 liters of water per day. I think that is a myth. I have had numerous people admitted to the hospital because they drink too much water – it causes too low of sodium in the bloodstream – hyponatremia. This is especially true for elderly who are on diuretics – water pills and Ace-inhibitors – a class of blood pressure medications like Lisinopril. So, three liters may be too much for some people. -Jack A

  2. Austin says:

    I picked one of these up late last year, I can attest that they are fine water bottles. I prefer them to small-mouth bottles like Sigg, not only because of where they are made, but because the big mouth bottles are just plain easier to drink out of. These bottles are sturdy, attractive, and easy to carry around.

  3. Dan T. says:

    Sounds like a tired expression, but Liberty Bottleworks “gets it”. Great product, representing good value. American made top-to-bottom and a strong commitment to giving back. Well done.

  4. Brian says:

    I love my Liberty bottle! When in doubt, drink more water.

    • tapirking says:

      Brian: Thanks for the comment. Where did you get your Liberty bottle? Any other products made by members of our extended American family that you would recommend? Please let me know.

      All the best,

      John

  5. Brad Root says:

    Oooh oooh! Mt. Rainer is 14,411 ft tall! Now everyone else can copy my answer…

  6. Jen says:

    Summit elevation of 14,411 ft!

  7. Brad R says:

    Great article, would like to try a bottle. The height of Mt Rainier is 14, 409 feet.

  8. Dan says:

    Thanks for a great post. I find that for something like a water bottle, which I use literally every day, I am more than willing to pay a little extra for something I love, that’s beautiful, and that’s made in the USA. Can’t wait to pick one up!

    • tapirking says:

      Thanks for the comment Dan. I am afraid I have already given away all the bottles for offer, but you can buy them online or at REI.

      Thanks for reading my blog.

      All the best,

      John

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