For my summer internship, I commute everyday to an office in the TriBeCa area of Manhattan. Like any other college student not living off a regular paycheck, saving money in any way is an important factor of everyday life, especially living in New York City. Food and drinks are expensive in NYC so I usually bring a lunch to work instead of spending extra money on overpriced lunches from nearby cafes or restaurants. One thing that I have committed myself to this summer is using a reusable water bottle instead of using disposable water bottles which are expensive and wasteful.
My reusable water bottle is a durable, 24-ounce, BPA-free bottle made by the company CamelBak, a popular company that creates many water bottles and hydration systems that are 100 percent BPA-free. I was able to buy a special Connecticut College CamelBak bottle at my college bookstore last year though I never used it much at school.
Though it was hard to get used to using a reusable water bottle every day, I suddenly got used to this habit and saw many benefits. By using my water bottle, I felt compelled to drink more water since it was easy and simple to refill my bottle, and it didn't cost any extra money because I could just refill it with the drinking fountain or clean, NYC tap water at the office. Also, I wasn't disposing of many empty plastic bottles or spending money on buying more.
Keeping hydrated in the summer is important and I'm more inspired to drink water when I have a reusable water bottle right at my desk which I can refill as many times as I want.
Not only does my water bottle help me maintain healthier habits but it's also a great conversation starter in the office.