Thirsty? Some Drinks to Try! {Product Review}

Via on Jan 7, 2014

Icebox water      Amy & Brian's Coconut Juice

I have a confession to make.

I buy bottled water. (wince) Okay, I have been working on buying less bottled water because my teenaged daughter is obsessive about being green and I know that these plastic bottles are terrible for the environment. So when I had the opportunity to review this product, I thought…hmmm. Maybe this is a nice compromise?

Icebox Water is Norwegian Spring water in a carton. What is pretty cool about this is that is not made from plastic, but rather cardboard—just like a milk carton. While I still feel that carrying a re-usable water bottle or mason jar is probably a more sustainable choice, I do think that Icebox Water is a nice alternative to the plastic variety. These cartons are said to be BPA free and recyclable.

The water tastes nice—typical to most bottled waters one would buy. I did find drinking directly from the box  was a little awkward because the spout is on an angle at the top unlike a water bottle would be. This makes the tip of the carton bump your nose as you tilt it up to drink. My youngest daughter seemed to think this was not a problem and stole the other box from me.

I also feel that this does not solve the problem of importing water in from another country when we could easily drink from our own taps with a filter. However, overall I think this is a nice product if you would like to purchase packaged water sustainably or cannot use your tap for some reason such as a trip or water contamination.

The other product I was able to review was Amy & Brian’s Coconut Juice. I am not a big fan of coconut juice, but found their product to have a pleasant, mild taste. This juice is made from “young coconuts” which most likely lends to the milder flavor.

A friend of mine that enjoys drinking coconut water and juice really enjoyed it. An interesting thing about coconut juice is that it makes a lot healthier alternative to sports drinks as it is thought to be a great electrolyte replacement because it is low is carbohydrates, high in potassium and low in sodium.

Overall, I’m not sure I would purchase these products much personally but I do see them being well-recieved by many.

Note: elephantjournal.com received these review items for free, in return for a guarantee that we would review said offering. That said, we say what we want—good and bad, happy and sad.

 

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Editor: Cat Beekmans
Photo credit: Product website/Amazon

 

About Dana Gornall

Dana Gornall is a mom of three crazy kids and a dog. She works as a licensed massage therapist in Amherst, Ohio and is a certified sign language interpreter. She is always looking forward to even more personal growth. While not interpreting, doing massage, or being with her family she loves going to yoga. You can connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

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3 Responses to “Thirsty? Some Drinks to Try! {Product Review}”

  1. Amesha says:

    Dana, I got water in my mouth. I felt the taste here because of the way you explained in your words.

  2. SimplerBetterMore says:

    Hi Dana,

    Not to be too critical, but the enviro costs of bottled water go far beyond the bottles. The shipping, as you mention it comes from far away is where I think the bulk of the impacts happen throughout the industry, no matter what practices the bottler uses to source the water, etc… it all has to be shipped. That's trucks on the road in Norway, a boat across the Atlantic (although I've heard Fiji water crosses the Pacific on a cargo plane) and from there onto a train or truck, then another truck, then the store. Then add in the bottle production and disposal.

    Water in a box looks like it comes from quite a distance.

    And yes, it applies to every drink in a bottle – but since water comes from the tap… like you say there it is! Fill up the mason jar!

    And no I'm not high and mighty Mr. Perfect. I drink bottled drinks too, although I'm cutting down purposefully!

    • Dana Gornall DanaGornall says:

      I agree SimplerBetterMore which is why I stated this in my review: "I also feel that this does not solve the problem of importing water in from another country when we could easily drink from our own taps with a filter. However, overall I think this is a nice product if you would like to purchase packaged water sustainably or cannot use your tap for some reason such as a trip or water contamination."

      However I was asked to do a review on these drinks and that I did—honestly and fairly.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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