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The S’well Team & City Harvest

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Team S’well had the amazing opportunity to participate in two volunteer food rescues with City Harvest right in our backyard at the Union Square Green Market.

City Harvest discovered 30 years ago that up to 40% of the food produced in the United States goes to waste. They began the food rescue process where they safely recover the surplus of food from restaurants, grocers, bakeries, farmers markets, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers and farms, and distribute it to people in need. We met up with the City Harvest team to help the food rescue process. The team was excited to spend time bonding and doing something good together.

We’re so proud to say that in our two trips we collected 155 bags of produce (5,950 lbs) and 30 bags of bread (410 lbs) coming out to a total of 6,360 lbs of food to be delivered within their network of soup kitchens, food pantries and community food programs which help New Yorkers facing hunger.

Splash into Summer

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We suffered through the Winter. We sprung through the Spring, but we finally made it to… SUMMER! Bring on the ice cream cones, rooftop happy hours, trips to the beach, and maybe even a Summer love!

We’ll be making a S’PLASH into Summer with our new collection, full of colors to match any personality and any outfit, all while keeping you cool for 24 hours.

 

Gifts Dad Actually Wants

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We’ve composed a Father’s Day Gift Guide with insight from the dads around our office, to give you an idea of the gifts dads actually want.

Greg, our COO and dad to Amelia & Victor, said, “Since both kids will be in college next year, what I really want is a DIY Smartphone Projector ($27) and London Chimney S’well ($25-45) to match.” For the techy dads, other mentioned gifts were Bose SoundLink® Color Bluetooth® Speaker ($129) and a Fitbit Charge HR ($150).

For the dads who are young at heart, you can’t go wrong with a playful pair of socks; we especially like these Paul Smith Socks ($30).

Leo, our Senior Web Engineer and dad of Celine & Zoey, wants a ticket to jet set with his S’well. He told us that, “The Turquoise Blue S’well reminds me to take my next vacation at a Caribbean beach.”

For the dads who reach for a stiff drink after a long day (don’t we all), we recommend the Copper Moscow Mule Mugs ($20) or if they like to get creative with their drinks, check out this Whiskey and Rum Making Kit ($75).

The Stone Collection is ideal for the active guy, as Gregg, our Key Accounts Sales Manager Amie’s dad says, “The Onyx S’well bottle fits perfectly in my bike for weekend rides with the family. I appreciate knowing that my bottle can come off the bike and into my golf bag to provide a cool refreshment on the course later in the day.”

If you still can’t decide, go for a classic gift like the Harry’s Father’s Day Shave Set ($40) and pair it with a Silver Lining S’well ($35).

Looking for a deal this Father’s Day? Our bottle of the month this June is the gender neutral Tahoe Dusk | Satin Collection at 15% off, while supplies last. If you’re a procrastinator living in NYC, swing by Rothman’s in Union Square where there are tons of S’well styles to choose from at our Summer pop up.

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World Ocean’s Day– Best Beaches of 2015

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Happy World Oceans Day! To celebrate this holiday, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite beaches broken up by ocean. To show our best beaches, we have used photography courtesy of our friend and famed photographer, Gray Malin.
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So whether you’re buying a Gray Malin photo to frame so you can have your own virtual vacation or you’re taking advantage of your Summer Fridays to book a spontaneous trip, any of these beaches will be sure to please. Don’t forget to pack your S’well bottle and post up in the sand with your drink of choice cold for 24 hours. If you haven’t already, take a look at our Textile Collection with linen inspired prints, perfect for a trip to paradise… Rumor has it there will be a new member of the Textile Collection releasing tomorrow too so stay tuned!

Gov Ball: NYC’s Best Kept Music Secret

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Governor’s Ball Music Festival, aka GOV BALL, is NYC’s best kept music festival secret. Tickets are substantially less expensive than Coachella and other major festivals but the line up is just as impressive featuring headliners Drake, Lana del Rey, the Black Keys and Florence and the Machine. Those of us in the office attending are currently preparing our ears on Spotify with our custom made playlist.

If you don’t have tickets you can follow along on our Spotify playlist here. We’re clearly most excited to see Drake and Florence and the Machine but other highlights from the festival include the Lana del Rey, Odesza, , ASTR, Little Dragon, Flume, Ratatat and the Black Keys.

Luckily for our taste buds, the Infatuation partnered with Gov Ball this year to curate the food vendors. Our favorite #EEEEEATS include Luke’s Lobster, Momofuku Milk Bar, Mighty Quinn’s, Taqueria Diana, Van Leeuwen, Tacombi. Our stomach’s growling already thinking about it!
We are even excited about Gov Ball’s location on Randall’s Island- just a ferry ride from Manhattan gives you an excuse to be on a boat with some fresh air outside the city.

And it goes without saying to make sure you pack your favorite color S’well bottle and fill it at the water stations throughout the venue to stay hydrated in between visiting the beer tents and never ending acts.

Unlike Drake’s mixtape, if you’re reading this it’s NOT TOO LATE to buy tickets, still available here. Also not too late to get a S’well bottle in time for the festival, swing by Rothman’s in Union Square for a wide variety of S’well bottle colors and styles at our temporary pop up shop. You may just come out of there with one for you at Gov Ball and one for Dad for Father’s Day…

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Dear Class of 2015

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Congratulations Class of 2015- you made it! The nights you’ll never forget and the nights you’ll never remember, the all-nighters, late night snacks, procrastination, and of course your friends. Your college days have finally come to an end. Whether you’re continuing on with your studies or diving straight into the “real world,” there’s no need to fret. Be proud of what you have already accomplished and have confidence in what you can do next. If you’ve made it this far, who’s to say you’re not capable of going even further? So if you feel like you might not have it together yet, we have a solution for you. S’well is currently looking for interns. Think you have what it takes? Take a look and apply now. This may be the answer to jump-start your career!

Best,

Team S’well

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P.S. School might be over, but the learning never really ends in life! For those of you reading this and feeling like you need a gift for those three graduation parties this weekend, look no further than a S’well bottle. You won’t have to worry about buying the wrong size, and if you fill the 25oz with champagne (the vacuum seal keeps it bubbly and cold for 24 hours) you’ll earn brownie points. Shop now and you’ll be sure to find your graduate’s collegiate colors to keep the school spirit alive wherever they end up.

Home Away from Home

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“I thought I would be aloof in the foreign land. I see I will be home far from home”

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These were Jacqueline Nyangweso’s warm words as she prepared to fly to the United States for the first time. Jacqueline owns a growing business in Kenya and is the award recipient for the prestigious Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentorship Partnership. The Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership connects talented, emerging women leaders from all over the world, who are between the ages of 25-43, with members of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Leaders for a month-long program. S’well CEO and one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women, Sarah Kauss had the pleasure of mentoring Jacqueline. The S’well team welcomed her  into our home for the first two weeks in May, and she quickly became part of the S’well family.

Jacqueline is on a mission to change the lives of women all over Kenya with her microfinance business, Step & Fly. Step & Fly offers small loans to women so they can start their own businesses. She’s created a unique and successful system that includes small-business training and as a result, she boasts a 95% return rate. Through this program, she has helped single and widowed mothers to create businesses that generate enough income to allow them to feed and educate their children.

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Having Jacqueline in our office has taught us that there are a lot of commonalities between Step & Fly and S’well. We have learned that businesses face the same challenges every day, whether you are a water bottle company from New York or a microfinance institution from Kenya.

S’well was able to support Jacqueline in her efforts to learn more about social media platforms, public speaking, data tracking applications, and human resources. But we had some fun along the way, as well. Our team was there with Jacqueline as she experienced her first New York slice, bagels, and even guacamole!

Jacqueline has definitely found her home away from home here at S’well. We just couldn’t resist her positive energy and addictive smile. We’ve learned so much about compassion and community while listening to her tell stories of her business. Even though our new family member is returning back to Kenya, she will always have a place to call home here at S’well.
Check out Step & Fly’s Facebook and Twitter pages and you can read more info about Step & Fly here.

Wear White this Memorial Day

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Memorial Day weekend is quickly approaching and whether you’re making your first trip to the beach or just barbecuing in the backyard, it’s hard not to feel patriotic. With our flags waving in the wind, we’re looking forward to celebrating with our friends and family…and with some burgers and hot dogs! But most of all, we’re excited to reintroduce white into our wardrobe. Check out some of Team S’well’s Memorial Day Essentials:

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Opening Ceremony Izzy Printed Handbag to tote around additional essentials

Warby Parker glasses so you can see all the flags and festivities

Swatch Watch to keep track of the hours as the good times roll

J. Crew Panama Hat because it’s time to trade in our beanies for the summer

SunnyLife inflatable will be your best pool companion

17oz Angel Food with White Cap– so fresh and so clean

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We’ll be sipping out of our all-white S’well. And don’t worry, if you want to put beer in your bottle as you lay on the beach, the vacuum seal keeps the carbonation in.

Pour a Fiesta in Your S’well this Cinco de Mayo

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We mustache you a question, but we’ll shave it for later… because Cinco de Mayo is here! Put those Derby hats away and take out your sombreros! We are ready to celebrate the best way we know how; drinking margaritas out of our S’wells and eating guacamole. Of course we can’t forget nachos and piñatas hanging around filled with candy we’ll be sure to nosh on later. So grab your amigos and celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the real beginning of Spring!

For you New York City dwellers, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best celebration spots:

Roberta’s, the infamous Bushwick pizza haven, is serving up tacos and margaritas in their outdoor tiki bar.

Empellon Cocina in East Village is hosting a prix fixe Cinco de Mayo menu with unlimited margaritas, beer and house wine for $70

If you’re craving a rooftop fix and a Mexican feast at the same time, Salvation Taco, the Mexican restaurant on top of the Pod 39 hotel will do the trick.

Mission Cantina is an office favorite. If you’re feeling more like a Netflix marathon to bring in the holiday, get their super burrito to go (or delivery). It may or may not be the best burrito this side of California.

Javelina is a new Tex-Mex spot just a few blocks away from the S’well HQ and is high on our list so if you try it before us, please let us know the verdict. We hear the avocado margarita is the way to go.

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For those of you outside of the empire state, we wanted to share with you our favorite margarita and guacamole recipes. Your homemade margarita will taste even better in a S’well sitting at your local beach/park.

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Mint Julep To-Go

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Break out your biggest hat and pastel clothing because it’s that time of year again… DERBY. The only thing better than the race at the Kentucky Derby is the Mint Julep. To celebrate this year’s derby take your Mint Julep on the go with our Silver Lining S’well bottle. Here’s our favorite recipe via Epicurious:mint-julep-derby-recipe

  1. Start with an ounce of minted simple syrup
  2. Add one cup of crushed ice
  3. Pour 2 ounces of bourbon whiskey and a splash of water
  4. Fill the rest of the bottle with remaining ice
  5. Stir or tighten our vacuum sealed cap to shake for a thorough mix
  6. Top with fresh mint sprig for garnish

This drink recipe will fit perfectly in a 9oz S’well bottle, easy to carry in your bag throughout the weekend’s festivities. Shop 9oz Silver Lining | Shimmer Collection S’well now.

Go GREEN this Earth Day

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Earth Day is here and it always makes us take a step back and think about how we can be more green and help the planet. We’ve come up with a few tips for you to keep in mind:

Turn Off The Lights

This one seems pretty easy, yet it’s such an easy thing to forget.  When you leave a room, turn the lights off. It’s as simple as that.

Buy Locally

We love to visit Manhattan’s Union Square Farmer’s Market. It’s a great way to try all different foods from locally sourced vendors and farms. Buying locally is a great delicious way to help the planet and your local community.

Conserve Water

As a reusable water bottle company and partner of The U.S. Fund for UNICEF Tap Project, we highly encourage all of our followers to conserve water. Try to remember to turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth and to take shorter showers too.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

If you own a S’well bottle you’re automatically reducing the number of plastic water bottles being used! It is so simple to replace your plastic bottles with our S’well. Plus, your water will stay colder much longer than in your dreaded plastic bottle.

We even suggest to re-use the beautiful packaging your S’well bottle comes in. How about using your packaging as a table centerpiece- you can wrap the packaging with wrapping paper and insert dried flowers! You can even use your empty tube as a spaghetti holder! Tag your best shots of reusing your S’well packaging with #greenswell for chance to win a GREEN S’well.

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Coachella 101

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Lately, our social feeds have been taken over by palm tree lined sunset Coachella shots. The Indio desert has been invaded with trendsetters alike bobbing to live music with flowers in their hair. Having gone, there’s a few first hand tips that you’ll want to know going into weekend 2 of Coachella:

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  1. HYDRATE (IN STYLE)

The desert is dry, hot and dusty and the last thing you want at any festival is a spout of dehydration. So our first tip is to pack a S’well bottle that you can fill up at the free water stations throughout the festival. The 9oz S’well is perfect because it won’t get heavy in your backpack or satchel of choice. You can even match your outfits to your S’well for an optimal #OOTD.

  1. AIRPLANE MODE, FOREVER & ALWAYS

Of course, make sure you stick with someone at all times and make an easy and recognizable meeting spot in case you all split for whatever reason. But most importantly turn your phone on airplane mode until you really need to use it. The service will be so bad that your phone will be searching for a signal and slowly draining your battery. Be sure to close out of all your battery draining apps as well. Really need to send that snapchat of Drake’s performance? Just turn off airplane mode until it goes through and then toggle it back on again.

As a back up, bring a chalk ink pen to write your friends cell phone # on your S’well in case your phone does end up dying. The chalk ink pen’s ink quickly dries on your S’well and stays smudge free until you want to wipe it off easily with a damp cloth.

  1. COMFORTABLE SHOES ARE A MUST

You’ll be on your feet ALL day (with the exception of when you’re escaping between sets to the beer garden). No one wants feet full of blisters after day 1. Our favorite festival shoe, the classic Arizona birkenstocks, are sure to provide the support your feet will need all day long.

  1. AVOID THE STORM

Assuming you haven’t spent much time in the desert, we’ll let you in on a little secret; Avoid the dust. On your way to and from the shuttle stop, the stampedes of Coachella goers create quite the dust storm. So bringing a bandana in your backpack to tie over your nose/mouth will help you to avoid a sand storm in your lungs.

  1. WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN

Also on the subject of the desert, it may get scorching hot in the afternoons, but the evenings can get pretty chilly so pack layers that you can throw on as the sun goes down. You don’t want to be the one shivering at the after party. We especially love this light-weight kimono via Shopbop.

  1. #SWELLCHELLA

Take lots and lots of pictures. Your friends and followers will be secretly living vicariously through your Coachella adventures so don’t keep them waiting!

Take any pictures of your S’well at Coachella? Be sure to tag @swellbottle #swellbottle and you just might be regrammed!