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The Secret to S’well Travels

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Here at S’well HQ, we love to travel. Whether it’s a weekend road trip to the local watering hole or a month-long voyage across Europe, there are always new places to see and people to meet. While it does require a considerable amount of planning, traveling doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are a few of our go-to tips and tricks to make the most of your trip.

1. Book smart. Travel sites are notorious for tracking how you interact with their websites. Enable private browsing when searching for flights or reservations to ensure they don’t raise prices every time you revisit.

2. Have backup. Make digital scans of all important documents (ID, passport, visa, itinerary, contact information, etc.) ahead of time incase they are stolen or you lose them. You might also consider investing in a portable phone charger. You never know when you might need a little extra juice for that iPhone 6.

3. Call ahead. Let your debit and credit card company know that you will be traveling ahead of time as to avoid any problems with foreign or suspicious charges.

4. Find the right bag. We’re partial to these new Away rolling suitcases that offer “first class luggage at a coach price.” They’re sleek, stylish, and even come with a built-in USB charging port.

5. Pack light. Remember that layering is key. Think about your outfits ahead of time to figure out the best ways to mix and match. Store your liquids in smaller containers to conserve space and weight. Check out Muji for a great selection of travel accessories.

6. Don’t forget the essentials. A good camera, a comfortable pair of shoes, and of course, a S’well Bottle are all major key when it comes to traveling. Our Seafoam and Tahoe Dusk bottles are perfect for any type of summer destination.

7. Make space. When it comes time to pack, roll all of your clothes for the most efficient use of luggage space. If you’re using a bag with wheels, pack with the heaviest items at the base. This will make maneuvering the bag a lot easier.

8. BYOB. Regardless of how you’re planning on getting to your destination, it’s always a good idea to provide your own drinks. S’well Bottle is the perfect accessory for staying hydrated throughout the flight or sneaking wine onto the train.

9. Consider bathroom breaks. If you’re on a road trip, plan pit-stops along the way so you don’t find yourself in a pickle. This is even more important at airports, where flights are time sensitive and security lines are long.

10. Check the reviews. When planning for your trip, utilize resources like Trip Advisor or Kayak to see what other travelers have to say about potential lodging options or activities.

11. Immerse yourself. For a more authentic experience, consider using a service like AirBnB. It’s a great way to connect with other travelers and get to know the locals.

Happy traveling, jet-setters. Share your S’well travels with us on social media by tagging @swellbottle or by using the hashtag #SwellBottle.

Earth Day

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Here at S’well, we take Earth Day very seriously. Our mission, after all, is to rid the world of plastic waste. In honor of Earth Day and in an effort to leave this planet better than we found it, we wanted to extend a few tips and tricks to green out your work place according to the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle.

REDUCE WASTE:

  • Probably one of the biggest and most effective ways to green out your office is to simply implement policies that discourage the use of unnecessary waste and encourage practices like reusing and recycling.
  • Go digital, because Google Docs is the new notebook. Avoid printing when you can and print double-sided when you can’t. Remember, there are plenty of digital tools out there that can help avoid situations that require excessive amounts of printed paper.
  • Turn it off. Conserve energy by turning off or unplugging any electronic devices that aren’t in use. Better yet, opt for natural light.

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REUSE:

  • Invest in a killer water bottle and use it like it’s your job. Plastic bottles are bad for the environment, your health and your wallet. S’well Bottles are the perfect accessory to carry you from your morning caffeine fix, afternoon hydration, all the way into evening workouts. Pro tip: ask the barista at your local coffee shop to fill your bottle up directly with coffee. You’ll spare the cup AND your coffee is guaranteed to stay hot for at least 12 hours.
  • Break out the reusable containers. If you don’t already do so, consider bringing your lunch to work over getting takeout. Homemade lunches typically save money and calories. But don’t skimp on your food storage. We’re partial to a cool lunchbox or glass tupperware
  • BYOB – bring your own bag. Reusable bags are all the rage, nowadays. You can use them to run errands, pick up groceries or carry some extra stuff home from the office. The company Baggu has recently taken New York by storm. Their standard bag comes in a variety of colors and can be easily packed into a purse or briefcase.

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RECYCLE:

  • Do your part. Help out where you can by recycling what you can. Plastic, paper, glass, batteries, printer cartridges, old electronics & more can all be recycled.
  • Arrange for disposal. Figure out what the best way of collecting and disposing of the recyclable materials is. Sometimes this can be arranged by the building management. Depending on the size of your company, you might also consider hiring an outside service.
  • Enforce it. The most important step of your green efforts is to make sure that everyone holds up their end of the deal. Always reiterate the cardinal rule: reduce unnecessary waste, reuse what you can & recycle what you can’t.

You can take the 3 R’s a step further by encouraging other methods of going green. Add plants to your office space to brighten up the area and filter the air. Commute smarter by walking, biking, carpooling or taking public transport to work. If you’re really committed, you can order custom S’well bottles for your company. We aim to align ourselves with similar brands that will echo our mission and message.

Coachella & How to Bring Your Fest Best

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It’s about the time of year again…That’s right, folks – it’s festival season! We’re gearing up for all the season’s best events, including New York’s own Gov Ball and Panorama NYC, classics like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, plus more from the likes of Sweetlife, Firefly and even Glastonbury across the pond. And how could we forget Coachella?

Arguably one of the biggest music festivals in the US, Coachella is held over 2 weekends (April 15-17 and April 22-24). With headliners like LCD Soundsystem, Guns N’ Roses, Calvin Harris, A$AP Rocky, the 1975 and more, there’s plenty to do and eat. But like all music festivals, Coachella can be exhausting so you’ve got to come prepared.

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First things first: hydration is key. It’s inevitably going to be hot and you’ll probably be drinking, so it’s imperative to bring a water bottle. On behalf of the planet, you should bring a reusable bottle. On behalf of your own well-being, you should bring an insulated bottle to keep your liquids cold. Lucky for you, S’well bottles take care of both. Plus, the 9oz S’well is the perfect size for toting around. If you’re planning on bringing your fest best, we recommend the Galaxy Collection. The iridescent finish of these bottles bring just the right vibe.

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Other festival essentials include a portable phone charger, small bag or fanny pack, reliable pair of sunnies, layers (especially at Coachella, where the temp can quickly drop at sundown) and a comfortable pair of shoes.

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Don’t forget to catch us at Coachella this weekend on Snapchat or Twitter. Stay tuned to see how it goes. Happy festing, everyone! Stay cool.

S’uper Bowl 50

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If you follow us on social media, then you know team S’well was just out in San Francisco for the Super Bowl. Between enjoying all of the Super Bowl festivities, we also made some time to do as the Californians do!

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Our first stop was at Tartine Bakery, the quintessential place to carbo load for no reason.  The giant croissant pictured is not your average breakfast pastry. It is actually filled with smoked ham and Gruyere and is one of Tartine’s claims to fame. We also enjoyed a mushroom croque-monsieur, banana bread pudding and lattes.

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We made our way to Super Bowl Village to see all of the excitement and football fans gathered together. People were representing jerseys from all different teams, but all shared the enthusiasm for the Super Bowl.

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This year, S’well was chosen by the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee to be part of their gifting suite. NFL executives and players came through and had a chance to pick up some amazing swag, including a Rose Gold S’well.

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San Francisco is the first city in the United States to ban the sale of plastic water bottles. We were excited to see water stations in the different places we visited encouraging people to switch over to reusable bottles.

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Right across the street from Super Bowl Village was The Ferry Building, housing more local San Francisco eats and shops to be explored.

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The last stop before making our way to the airport was at none other than In-n-Out. No trip to California is complete without a Double-Double and Animal Style fries from their not-so-secret menu.

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Until next time, we’ve left our hearts in San Francisco! Follow us on snapchat to get more behind-the-scenes looks at S’well.

Struck By Cupid’s Arrow

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Love is in the air and we’re excited to introduce the newest additions to the S’well Bottle Love Collection: Star-CrossedCupid’s ArrowFirst Kiss and Light Hearted. We’re falling hard for these bottles, each hand-sketched with love, one of a kind and perfectly unique.

These prints will take you back to the times of doodling your crush’s name on a notepad. Centered around the theme of love, each bottle brings a different flare to the collection. Check out some of the graphics that inspired the designs of the bottles below, as well as on our Pinterest board.

 

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Get struck by Cupid’s arrow this Valentine’s Day and fall for something new in the S’well Valentine’s Day Shop. Our bottles are the perfect gift for your special someone.

xoxo,

Team S’well

Clean Eats with Remi

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We’re back with our second installment of New Year, New You. This week’s blog is brought to you by Remi Ishizuka of rrayyme. Health nut and fitness enthusiast, her Instagram serves as daily motivation for the S’well team to eat well and stay in shape. We’re so excited that she could tell us about her goals for the year and share a recipe that we can’t wait to blend up!

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My goal this year is to stick to a 90/10 rule. I plan to eat clean, healthy and nutritious home cooked meals 90% of the time and indulge the other 10% in whatever I want. This has worked for me in the past, and as long as I dedicate time to meal prepping each week, I know I will be able to stick to it. It keeps me motivated knowing that I feel good when I’m in my routine. I feel better, I’m happier, I have more energy, and I’m more productive. Cheers to a healthy + active 2016!”

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Lemon Drop Smoothie Recipe:

1 Chopped apple

2 Handfuls of spinach

4 in cucumber

1/2 Squeeze of lemon juice

4 Leaves of Mint

1 Tbsp Honey

1 Tbsp Hemp Seeds

Fill blender 3/4 of the way with cold purified water. Pour into S’well bottle of choice to maintain and enjoy at your desired temperature.

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You can check out more clean eat recipes on our Pinterest board. We’ll also be rolling out another New Year, New You blog post later this week. Until then, you can S’weat it Out with our workout playlist on Spotify.

TED by Sarah Kauss, Proud TEDster

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It’s been one week since the closing of TED 2015 and I think I am officially past the post-TED depression that sets in just after this amazing event ends each year. Attending TED is akin to the feelings of celebrating a milestone birthday, a trip to Disney World, viewing a meteor shower for the first time, all while realizing your last handwritten grocery list won a Pulitzer Prize for writing. There is a fair degree of anticipation, followed by complete awe of the universe, mixed with some astonishing and surprising moments, so much so that you know you will be forever changed upon returning home with this new knowledge and insight. However, upon returning to your post-TED life, you are accosted with a bombardment of your day to day life, including a week’s worth of emails, meetings and calls.

I pushed through last week’s sadness of returning to Earth, and wanted to share a few of my favorite moments from TED 2015.

Let’s start with Monica. The first question that many asked me about TED this year was about Monica. What did I think? How did she make me feel? Was I able to sit through her whole talk? Honestly, I wasn’t sure what I would think about her talk, and I did sit in the back row so I could gracefully exit if needed to escape mid-talk. However, I was rapt with attention and quite moved by her story. I think she is a brave woman and made a powerful argument about online bullying and the power that is granted to each of us with the right of free speech. One powerful line from her talk “Public shaming as a bloodsport needs to stop. Trafficking in shame brings profit to predators.” If you haven’t seen it, here’s a link to her talk. It’s well worth 20 minutes to watch this, regardless of how your think you feel about her or the Monica you think you know from decades ago.

Probably my favorite quote from the week came from Dame Stephanie Shirley, who took to signing her business letters as “Steve” to earn the ability to pitch a women-owned and 100% women staffed software company in the 1960s. In her wise wordsYou can always tell an ambitious woman by the shape of our heads. They are flat on top from being patted patronizingly.” Here’s a link to her talk. I have her memoir on my reading list, as she is clearly one of the most impressive business women who somehow was only introduced to me with this talk.

Finally, this year’s deserving TED prize winner is so worth learning more about. Dave Isay started StoryCorps in 2003 as a way to connect with someone else, and honoring them by listening to their story. In his words- “Listening is an act of love.” StoryCorps is now the largest collection of human voices ever collected. Dave is such an inspiration to me. His idea is changing the world in a meaningful and deliberate way. Watch the talk here, or better yet, download the StoryCorps App and make your own interview with someone special in your life today.

Well, it’s back to my mundane life back at S’well, which is still pretty great. At least I have the memories of such an amazing experience. I have my limited edition TED 2015 S’well bottle on my desk at work to remind me to keep the excitement of TED in my heart until this awesome experience begins again next year…

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