About this project
A sincere THANK YOU to all the Kickstarter backers that made our dream a reality and helped us bring HYDAWAY to the world!
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Now we can give everyone a convenient, safe, and environmentally-friendly way to drink more water!
In just 60 seconds, U.S. consumers use and throw away 90,000 disposable water bottles. That’s 50 billion water bottles per year – or – 30 million TONS of plastic waste each year in the U.S. alone.
But most of these bottles are recycled, right? Unfortunately not.
At least 80% of that plastic ends up in our landfills, streets, parks, and beaches.
HYDAWAY™ is an easy-to-use, reusable water bottle designed for people with active lifestyles who are searching for an alternative way to carry water that's just as convenient as buying bottled water.
With your HYDAWAY, we think it’s possible to make a difference, and we think you’ll agree.
HYDAWAY is great when traveling
Are you frustrated with airport security confiscating the water bottle you brought for the flight?
Now you don’t have to be.
Use the HYDAWAY Bottle to stay hydrated on the way to the airport. Before you approach the TSA security line, finish any water left in your bottle, fold down the HYDAWAY into a thin disc, and simply slide it into your carry on.
Once through security, pop open your HYDAWAY bottle and find the nearest water fountain or filling station. Fill up your HYDAWAY and you’re on your way!
HYDAWAY is great for the active family
You don’t have to be super mom (or dad) to keep your kids hydrated on-the-go with water instead of unhealthy sugary drinks.
Packing up your kids for a long day at school?
Skip the high-calorie juice or sports drinks and pack the watertight HYDAWAY instead. Fill it full of water or leave it empty and collapsed. Your child can easily expand it and fill it throughout the day.
Planning a day of family fun in the sun?
HYDAWAY is a safe and convenient alternative to bottled water with a size to quench the thirst of every member in your family. Simply pack a HYDAWAY for you and the kids, and you’ll be a hydration hero!
HYDAWAY is great for staying fit
The HYDAWAY can go virtually anywhere and everywhere with you. Take your new hydration companion on a day hike, freeing up your hands for taking pictures and enjoying nature the way it was intended. The carry handle easily attaches to a key chain or backpack.
Store your HYDAWAY in a gym bag and take it with you when heading out to a yoga class or the gym. When you are finished with your water, simply fold up your HYDAWAY into a thin and compact disc that fits in your pocket or waist band.
What’s your HYDAWAY story?
Whether you’re a frequent flier, a mile-a-minute mom, a weekend warrior or just someone who thirsts for thoughtful design, HYDAWAY fits the life you live. No more lugging around bulky “empties”, no more disposables in landfills, no more hard to clean bottles. HYDAWAY is flat out ready to go, whenever and wherever. Are you?
Compare HYDAWAY to other types of water bottles
BUSY LIVES CALL FOR CONVENIENCE
As a husband, father of two kids, and an outdoor enthusiast, I am always on the go. My job as a product designer requires me to travel frequently, meeting clients all over the globe.
Like many of you, I do my best to live a healthy lifestyle and a large part of health is proper hydration. I am also committed to minimizing the impact my family makes on the planet, and strive to set a positive example for my children.
But I found that without a superior alternative, resisting the temptation to buy bottled water while on-the-go was very challenging.
Whether it’s in the airport jumping between connecting flights, or taking a day trip with the kids in tow, I needed a water bottle that could fit my active lifestyle.
ALTERNATIVES TO BOTTLED WATER
What are the alternatives to disposable bottled water that are eco-conscious, reusable, simple to use, convenient to carry, and easy to clean?
Metal water bottles are sustainable since metal is recyclable, and most are labeled as BPA-free, but they are heavy, loud, and their bulkiness make them difficult to carry and pack away.
Plastic reusable water bottles are mostly BPA-free these days, but are also bulky and inconvenient to store.
Foldable, hand-held bladders seemed to be the most convenient alternative to the bulkiness of a bottle, but they tip over easily and when it came to cleaning them, it was an absolute nightmare.
As you can imagine, when I thought about “superior alternatives,” none of these options seemed superior to me!
Traveling on yet another flight home from a long business trip, I had a vision of a water bottle that was ergonomic like a traditional bottle, and would fold up to fit into my pants pocket or messenger bag.
I knew this bottle design could be 100% BPA-free, taste and odor-free, easy to clean, and best of all, would fold up into a thin compact disc that could be stored virtually anywhere while on the go.
My mind was spinning with the possibilities!
After two years of racking my brain considering how I could help to change the way we think about disposable bottled water, I finally had an honest, fully-functional water bottle design worth sharing: The HYDAWAY.
Now my passion in life (besides my family) is to share this product with you, and the world. Won’t you please join me?
As a backer of this campaign, you are making a commitment to:
- Drinking more water and fewer sugary drinks to live a healthier lifestyle!
- Reducing the amount of plastic we add to our landfills and oceans, by cutting down on the 50 billion disposable bottles we throw out each year!
- Reducing our dependency on oil, by cutting down on the 17 million barrels of crude oil that go into making plastic bottles each year!
Risks and challenges
We’re so passionate about this project, that we’re committed to doing everything in our power to solve any challenges that may arise along the way – that’s a promise!
Here are a few risks and challenges that we can think of:
Product Manufacturing Delays
• We’ve produced a small run of samples and we feel confident that a large production order will be successful; however, it is common that factories can have unforeseen setbacks.
• We plan to stay in constant communication with our manufacturer including working on-site to resolve any challenges that may arise.
• Shipping a large number of products at once can be a daunting task for a small team.
• To help us with this challenge, we’ve segmented the shipping process into groups.
• Early birds will get their products first. Regular orders will get their products second. All other orders will be processed as soon as possible after the Kickstarter orders have been sent out.
• We’ve had some experience shipping products internationally, including lost packages.
• Even if it means sending out a product three times, we are committed to make sure it gets into your hands.
When expanded, the capacity of each size are as follows:
• Large: 21 fluid ounces (600ml)
• Small: 12 fluid ounces (350ml)
Both the Large and the Small sizes collapse into a 1¼-inch (32mm) thin disc that is 4¼ inches (108mm) in diameter, making it small enough to fit into your pocket!
When expanded, the dimensions are as follows:
• Large: 6" tall x 4.25" wide (150mm x 110mm)
• Small: 4" tall x 4.25" wide (100mm x 110mm)
You can find photos and more detailed dimensions of both sizes of HYDAWAY bottles on the products page of our website: http://hydawaybottle.com/products/
Weighing around a ⅓ pound each (150 grams), the HYDAWAY bottles make weight-sensitive activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, and travel that much easier. The HYDAWAY comes in two sizes, Large and Small.
• The Large bottle weighs 5.5 ounces or 160 grams (empty weight)
• The Small bottle weighs 4.0 ounces or 110 grams (empty weight)
The hinged walls of the HYDAWAY are made from FDA-certified, food-grade silicone – the same type of silicone used in kitchen cookware. Silicone is an inert rubber and post-cured to ensure there is no leaching or taste/odor in the water.
The plastics used in the lid and base are also FDA-certified and BPA-free.
All HYDAWAY materials are used in other everyday products that use food-grade materials and are compliant with the FDA.
Several of our beta testers have commented that they enjoyed using HYDAWAY for hot drinks. However, we do not recommend using the HYDAWAY bottles to hold very hot liquids.
The silicone material can easily handle very high (and low) temperatures. However, since the product is designed to fold into a thin disk, the silicone walls are not thick enough in some areas to provide enough insulation for very hot liquids.
How does the silicone for the HYDAWAY stand up to the freezer? i.e. Say I wanted to freeze a bottle of water and drink it as the ice melts slowly, would that work with this bottle's construction?
Yes, we have tested this and it works.
The HYDAWAY is made from silicone, which is a material rated for very low and very high temperatures. That said, water expands when frozen, and we recommend you leave the lid off if you plan to place your full HYDAWAY into the freezer.
We will be producing our bottles with a trusted manufacturing partner in south China who specializes in silicone products for the kitchen and housewares industry. The raw materials come from global suppliers of silicone and plastic. All materials are FDA-compliant and will receive 3rd-party certification of our claims before being shipped.
You will choose your size, color and provide your shipping address through a survey at the end of the campaign.
Yes the materials are rated to very high temperatures. We don't recommend that the bottles be placed in a microwave, but being left in a car is not a problem. In fact leaving a spare in the glove box is a great idea when you are on a road trip.
We have tested the HYDAWAY with carbonated beverages like soda and it works well, however be careful opening the straw if the soda has been shaken and there is pressure built up. It can squirt out of the straw if the bottle is very full, similar to when you open a can of soda that has been shaken. By filling the HYDAWAY to only 2/3 full, you will minimize these effects.
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