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7/9

World Cup

The S’well team is very excited to cheer on the amazing teams during this year’s World Cup. We believe that hydration is key when playing the beautiful game of soccer.

Our stainless steel water bottle allowed us to keep our drinks cold during the whole game. Even the carbonated drinks stayed fresh from start to finish thanks to our vacuum seal top.

The game lasted into overtime where the USA suffered quite a defeat against the Belgian team. Within minutes, Belgium has scored two goals. It looked like there may be a glimmer of hope for the USA when Julian Green came back with a goal in the 107th minute. Unfortunately, they could not tie up the score and their quest for the World Cup came to a halt.

Even though it was a tough defeat, S’well was thrilled to see that many World Cup fans are also S’well fans. Our bottle was quite a popular accessory in the Brazilian heat. Fans carried the bottle that best represented their country’s colors.

Batman showing off his stylish S’well bottle.

Keeping cool on the beach in Brazil.

S’well has a color for every team.

Staying hydrated during the World Cup is hard, especially in the tropical Brazilian weather.  Having access to cold water throughout the day is essential in combating the effects of dehydration, heat stroke and heat exhaustion. In hot weather, we should each consume about 100 oz of water a day. If you went by that rule, you would have to purchase nine plastic water bottles at the store every single day. Alternatively, you could just refill your 25oz S’well Bottle four times.

Whether you are a player or a fan, remember that hydration is very important for your health and well-being. Drink in style with bottles in colors that match your favorite team, and be sure to tune into the final World Cup game on Sunday, July 13!

6/16

What’s Your S’well Style?

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Whether you love retro looks or classic cuts, S’well is the perfect accessory for any look.

1. BOHO (Santorini)

Show off your inner Boho babe with a flowy dress, strappy sandals, and your favorite S’well bottle. Our 9oz Santorini bottle from the Textile Collection is an excellent choice for nature and style lovers everywhere.

 

2. CLASSIC (Silver Lining)

For a look that’s in-season all year long, opt for the 17 oz Silver Lining S’well from the Shimmer Collection. This silver stainless-steel bottle will transition from desk to dinner seamlessly, and will match with any outfit.

4. SPORTY (Moonstone)

If you find yourself in sneakers and spandex, you definitely have a sporty style. We recommend the 17 oz Moonstone S’well from our Stone Collection. With the bright color and easy-to-grip texture, we know this S’well will become a gym necessity.

 

3. RETRO (Yellow Zinc)

You love bright colors with a vintage sensibility- Treat yourself you the chic and vibrant 9 oz Yellow Zinc S’well bottle from the Satin Collection. This amazing hue will compliment your fun and hip personality.

 

5. GLAM (Sparkling Champagne)

If sparkles and sequins are your best friends, we have the perfect bottle for you. Our 17 oz Sparkling Champagne bottle from the Glitter Collection is a dazzler. The golden shade makes this S’well the ideal accessory for a club or concert.

 

5/29

S’well Team Day

This week, S’well joined forces with 826NYC to volunteer at their Brooklyn location. 826NYC is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving and expanding the creative writing skills of NYC students. They achieve this through workshops, tutoring, field trips, and much more. S’well was very grateful to be a part of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” workshop, where we helped schoolchildren create their own adventure book. Since everyday at S’well is an adventure, we were very excited to create these books!

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Katie helping the kids create their own adventure story

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Charlie and Lana hard at work

 

Veronica inspiring young artists

Joyce putting her excellent typing skills to work

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S’well loves stories!

After a fun writing session, we decided that we would check out the fabulous Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store connected to the 826NYC classroom. There, they had capes, secret identity kits, and even devillainizers. S’well’s favorite gadget was the cape tester, where we showed off our best superhero moves in the greatest superhero gear.

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D working the cape tester

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Charlie enjoying his new cape

 

S’well lives by the superhero honor code

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The S’well team in their favorite capes

This was a fulfilling experience, and we would like to thank all of the other volunteers and staff who make 826NYC possible!

5/6

Santorini S’well Traveling Greece

SANTORINI TRAVEL TO-DO’S (Inspired by Santorini)

Travel through Greece with the S’well Travel Guide inspired by the new Santorini S’well bottle in the Textile collection.

1. Wake up to the smells of seawater and fresh Bougainvillea flowers. Start your day with a cup of Greek coffee, fresh fruit and pastries.

2. Take the beautiful hike along the water from Fira to Oia. Don’t forget your camera or S’well!

3. Stumble upon the Cultural Village in Pyrgos. Wind along the small streets and get a feel for a simpler life and time.

4. Revel in the incredible Santorini sunset with your significant other. Fill up that 25 oz Santorini S’well with Greek wine for added romance.

5. Enjoy moonlit cocktails and mediterranean cuisine at the open-air Grace Santorini restaurant.

Shop Santorini here.

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5/5

Grapefruit Linen S’well Traveling Barbados

BARBADOS TRAVEL TO-DO’S (Inspired by Grapefruit Linen)

Travel through Barbados with the S’well Travel Guide inspired by the new Grapefruit Linen S’well bottle in the Textile collection.

1. Walk along the beaches, of course- take your shoes off and feel the sand between your toes at Bottom Bay or Enterprise Beach.

2. If you’re a nature lover, Hunte’s Gardens is the place for you. Explore the beautiful flora and fauna of this tropical paradise.

3. Relax at the highly-regarded spa at the Coral Reef Club. Detoxify with the feel and scent of the Aroma Fusion Massage.

4. For the adventurous type- Dive down to the Stavronikita wreck site for a look at the 360-foot freighter ship filled with many types of tropical fish.

5. Forget about those trendy and expensive restaurants, and seek out Oistins Fish Fry. Fill that S’well up with the cocktail of your choice and savor authentic Barbadian cuisine.

Shop Grapefruit Linen here.

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5/5

Sailcloth S’well Traveling Croatia

CROATIA TRAVEL TO-DO’S (Inspired by Sailcloth)

Travel through Croatia with the S’well Travel Guide inspired by our new Sailcloth S’well bottle in our Textile collection.

1. Sail through Croatia’s waters in an island hop with your 17 oz Sailcloth in tote, of course.

 2. Shop the beautiful downtown of Split, known for having more women’s shoe shops than any other city in the world.

3. Eat a fresh whole fish, bones and all. Don’t be intimidated, it will be amazing. Wash it down with a cold bottle of Ožujsko, the most popular Croatian beer.

4. Take a plunge in Krka National Park’s waterfalls, swimming with what was your dinner last night

5. Have a drink at the hole-in-the-wall bar Buza in Dubrovnik, overlooking the cliffs with only a railing to separate you and the Adriatic Sea.

Shop Sailcloth here.

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4/22

Happy Earth Day!

Here at S’well, we believe in creating a positive impact on the world. We achieve this by creating eco-friendly products and contributing to charitable organizations. By helping those in need, we can help to create a cleaner, healthier, and happier world to live in. This year, we are excited to announce our partnership with the Whole Planet Foundation in honor of a holiday that is near and dear to the S’well mission, Earth Day!

For Earth Day, each member of the S’well team has made a pledge to reduce their carbon footprint. We know that by eating locally grown produce and walking to work, we can do our part to reduce these harmful emissions. We have also filmed our pledges in hopes to inspire the people around us to take a look at their own carbon footprint. You can find all of the S’well videos on our twitter and instagram pages. In addition to our personal pledges, on April 22nd, we will be selling our limited-edition Earth Day S’well bottles.

These exclusive Earth Day S’well bottles, sold online will retail for $30, and for every bottle sold we will donate $5 to the Whole Planet Foundation. These bottles can be found here. S’well is proud to support that 100% of the proceeds to the Whole Planet Foundation are used for microloans to help fund female entrepreneurs in less-privileged communities. We believe that the empowerment of women is an important tool in raising these communities above the poverty line.

Charities like the Whole Planet Foundation are essential in the fight to end poverty around the globe. That is why S’well is also donating 5 of their special Earth Day bottles to the Whole Planet Foundation’s blog contest. By working with the Whole Planet Foundation, S’well is making the world a better place one bottle at a time.

 

4/16

Coachella Packing List

Weekend 1 of Coachella was a hit. Anyone still not sure what to pack for weekend 2? Check out our packing essentials to be your #festbest:

1. S’well bottle

It’s going to be one hot party! Make sure to beat the heat with your 9 oz Satin Collection S’well bottle. With it’s double-insulated stainless steel interior, you can be sure that your drinks will stay cool all day long.

2. Sunglasses
Your eyes will be 100% protected from the sun’s rays with these mirrored aviators from Ray Ban.

3. Fanny Pack
Keep all your belongings safe with the Herschel Fanny pack. It’s versatile design allows you to wear it around your waist or over your shoulder, so keeping track of your phone will be a breeze.

4. EOS lip balm
Chapped lips are never in style. Protect your lips with this adorable lip balm from EOS.

5. Converse
With their trendy colors and timeless logo, these Converse kicks will keep your feet comfy all weekend.

6. Headband

This braided headband from Free People will make sure your hair stays out of your face when you dance the day away.

Need more ideas? Check out our #FestBest Pinterest board.

4/14

Spring into 2014 With S’well!

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Read our Full Newsletter here and see why Spring is so S’well!

3/24

World Water Day

World Water Day (March 22nd) is quickly approaching and to celebrate, S’well has collaborated with Able Made, a company devoted “to bringing communities together to create beautifully designed, exclusive products that fund social impact projects.” Together, S’well and Able Made have designed an exclusive bottle directly supporting WaterAid’s efforts in Nicaragua. A collaborative social media contest allowed fans of both organizations an opportunity to join in the efforts. Three different designs were produced and the finalized product was voted on by S’well and Able Made supporters alike.

The winning “Thirsty for Change” bottle will help WaterAid provide clean water to Auhya Pihni Village School in Nicaragua. The school’s current rainwater collection system have proven insufficient to last the entirety of their dry season. Additionally, proceeds from sales of these bottles will aid the production of handwashing stations in each classroom, as well as new bathrooms featuring separate facilities for boys and girls.

Auhya Pihni is a Miskitu Indian village in the North Atlantic Region of the Nicaraguan Caribbean of Nicaragua inhabited by 276 families (roughly 1,280 people ). The three-room secondary school has an enrollment of 50 students (17 boys and 33 girls), while their primary school provides education to 364 students (203 boys and 161 girls).

With your purchase of a Limited Edition Able Made x S’well Bottle, you support WaterAid in America and their funding of this important project.

Join the cause and get yours today: http://bit.ly/MJtvTT

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2/27

S’well Takes On SXSW Interactive and TED in Prosperous New Year

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Since the inception of S’well as a company about three years ago, we have been hungry for change, development, and most of all – healthy, happy, and helpful lives. That being said, we have strived to make a water bottle that is not only eco-friendly stainless steel that reduces plastic use, but one that is also fashion forward, modern, and socially responsible. On the cusp of these things lay many companies trying to be the best, but few that have a presence in as many areas as S’well. Over the years we have been featured in Ellen, sponsored Virgin Free Festival, crafted a new ecommerce site, made custom bottles for Audi, and worked with fashion brands and designers such as Robert Rodriguez. In the future, we see ourselves doing no different. In the coming months, S’well will have two new major announcements, a presence at SXSW Interactive, and yet again, the TED conference to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

South By Southwest, or SXSW, is one of the biggest Music, Interactive, and Film festivals in the world and has attendees in the upwards of 25,000 people. S’wells CEO Sarah Kauss will be part of the festival’s mentor section at interactive, giving small business owners and entrepreneurs like herself career advice and overall tips on whatever questions they may have. This years interactive festival will have hundreds of speakers and panels, including Seth Meyers, Adam Savage, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein of Portlandia, and much more. SXSW will take Sarah Kauss down to Austin, TX where she will be attending her first SXSW ever, which S’well is extremely excited about.

As for TED, the non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, our CEO Sarah Kauss will be in attendance of this years special upcoming conference in Vancouver. The 30th anniversary conference will host 70+ leading thinkers and doers on its stage. Notable speakers include philanthropists Bill & Melinda Gates, gun activists Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly, music producer Mark Ronson, and famed musician Sting. According to TED, this year they will “be seeking to understand what are truly the most significant developments of the last 30 years … and applying that knowledge to understand what’s ahead.” This goes along with the overall nature of S’well as a whole. Knowing what’s ahead, and continuing to make a product that our consumers love while giving back and staying true to ourselves. We hope your 2014 is as prosperous as ours, and that you stay tuned for more by following our blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

2/24

S’well + Keep a Child Alive

S’well is proud to be partnering with Alicia Keys’ charity, Keep a Child Alive. This incredible organization identifies and funds grassroots organizations in Africa and India that are providing dignified treatment and comprehensive, loving care to children and families affected by HIV. This week for every limited edition S’well bottle sold, instead of the original 10% of proceeds going back, the percentage of proceeds going back to KCA will increase:

1 bottle = 10%
2 bottles = 20%
3 bottles = 30%
4 bottles = 40%
5 bottles = 50%

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More about KCA:

Keep a Child Alive was founded in 2003 by AIDS activist Leigh Blake and 15-time Grammy Award-winner Alicia Keys. The organization began as an emergency response to the HIV epidemic, raising global awareness about the urgent and unmet need for HIV treatment in sub-Saharan Africa, and granting funds to community-based organizations to provide free, life-saving treatment to keep people living with HIV from needlessly dying.

The core mission is unchanged. This organization’s work has since grown to include the critical components that are necessary to support successful, life-long HIV treatment: comprehensive clinical care, psychosocial support, nutritious food and loving care. KCA now provides financial and programmatic assistance to nine innovative, community-based partners in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and India.

We invite you to contribute to this good cause by purchasing a limited edition KCA S’well bottle this week with our increased percentage of proceeds going back to Keep a Child Alive.

You can purchase one here or find out more about KCA here.

1/21

Why Choose Reusable? Top 5 Reasons to Put Down the Plastic

Think about the last time you drank out of a plastic bottle. Now think of the last time you cared. The truth is, many people don’t think about the impact of using plastic. We purchase and drink out of water bottles as if the world would end if we drank some tap water. In addition to polluting landfills and water supplies worldwide, there’s also one candidate to the malice of plastic we overlook: “BPA”, or Bisphenol-A to be exact. BPA walks on thin ice when it comes to expert studies on its adverse effect on humans. Along with BPA, many other factors contribute to why we think you should switch to good old stainless steel.

1. Make your wallet greener.

Buying plastic water bottles can cost consumers up to $1,400 per year if they drink the recommended eight glasses a day via plastic bottles. Although many people would argue they only purchase a few bottles a week, that’s still a heck of a lot more than the standard US tap water rate of $0.49 a year. We think using reusable bottles instead of plastic is worth it. Think about it, many individuals (786 million people) don’t have access to clean water. Take advantage of Uncle Sam’s gift of available tap water. And if you want to do more to help like we do, please donate here.

2. If scientists care, why shouldn’t you?

Although many studies about the use of plastic water bottles are inconclusive on the effects of BPA (bisphenol-A, a plastic hardener in most plastic containers), the fact that scientists care should at least raise an eyebrow. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and less BPA in your life certainly won’t hurt you. According to many studies conducted on mice exposed to higher levels of BPA, the use caused hormonal problems, developmental issues in infants, and even neural hazards. A recent study published on Fast Company also states that there is now one definitive link between liver cancer and BPA – finding that mice exposed to BPA from birth for 10 months developed tumors, even when they were already resistant to them. Yikes.

3. Pollution.

Plain and simple. If we have to produce billions of bottles a year, the waste and fossil fuels used must be astronomical. According to one study, the fuel used to power the manufacturing plants could instead give 100,000 homes energy for one year. Also, transporting the plastic water bottles to distribution facilities around the globe does affect greenhouse gasses.

4. You won’t recycle.

Let’s face it, only 1 out of 5 plastic bottles purchased will reach the recycling bin. Due to busy lifestyles, lack of information, and popular trends, people just throw these things away. It’s way less likely you’ll throw away a stainless steel bottle you spent your hard earned money on, and did we mention they will look way cooler? Plastic: a fashion no-no.

5. Durability.

Plastic bottles are one and done. Whichever metal water bottle you choose as an alternative (hmm, can’t think of any!), will last. Do the math.

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