Has the world gone mad, my hot water bottle has changed shape?

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Yep, it’s happened, we can longer rely on the good old fashioned hot water bottle shape, they now make all shapes and size, what’s going on?

We all knew where we stood with a good reliable rubber hot water bottle in blue, green or if you dared to dream even red. Then along came pink, turquoise, cream and even mustard. Just get used to those then some smart guys in Germany develop a thermoplastic hot water bottle. OK, so these are nicer colours and even transparent but they then make some in heart shape – cute.

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Heart Hot Water Bottle

To add to the confusion somebody decided it would interesting to have a hot water bottle in miniature, yes, mini hot water bottles. Then along came square shape as apparently they are easier to use with soft toys. So, you get a soft toy like a teddy bear and shove a hot water bottle in its belly. What happens when that wears out, and it will as it’s made of rubber (perishable) so you’re left with a your child’s favorite soft toy and no bottle. So we have to have square hot water bottles now or the little darlings will never forgive you.

square 750ml purple hot water bottle
Purple square 750ml hot water bottle

Suddenly out of nowhere everyone has gone long, why do we need another shape? Not only are there long hot water bottles but some are longer than others, that’s confusing. The cut down versions in discount stores are short long (I know it doesn’t make sense) to get discounters to a low price point. The full length ones hold the same amount of water as a standard bottle. The cut down long bottles have less than half. Forget the cut down long bottles as these are only for the discount guys and don’t really add anything except a budget price tag on a long bottle that is not long and kinda misses the point. The real reason for a long bottle is to wrap it around your waist or spread it out inside the bed, diagonally. That gives the full benefit, anything else is just a cheat and really a waste of money as it falls short of what you can do with a proper long hot water bottle.

Ecru long hot water bottle
Ecru  Long Hot Water Bottle

So has it now settled down, well no? Eco warriors want eco bottles. The same guys that brought us all thermoplastic bottles have now developed eco hot water bottles made from cane sugar crop. Sort of the same shape as a traditional bottle but rigid and slightly smaller, has a different feel to it. No plasticisers or PVC used and made with the Finneck Foundation providing a safe work place for people with disabilities.

Green Eco bio based hot water bottle
Green Eco Bio Based Hot Water Bottle

With all the changes what hasn’t change is people, the best selling bottles are still the good old traditional shape and the question is why? The classic hot water bottle shape is universally known around the world, it packs a mighty 2 litre of hot water which is enough to last inside a bed all night without going stone cold. Easy to carry, fill and cuddle up to when you need instant heat, what’s not to like, young and old alike.

We’re running out room with all the different sizes, types and colours, everyone wants choice these days and who are we to argue, if you want it we’ll just have to find room for more hot water bottles.

10 Green bottles standing on the wall

How green are those hot water bottles standing on the wall?

Well let’s look firstly at rubber. Surprisingly latex is a sustainable natural renewable product, one of the first on the market is still getting it right by being not only a sustainable product but also a recyclable product. Old bottles can be taken to the recycling depot and once the brass seal and stopper are discarded the rest can be put in for recycling. Old rubber is first crushed, chopped, washed and made into granules at a specialist recycling facility. All impurities and foreign bodies are removed so only latex compound remains. These granules can be used in the manufacture of tyres, floor mats, electrical and bathroom fittings. So the traditional and original rubber hot water bottle is kind to the planet.

How about thermoplastic, how green are these. PVC is also surprising as it is recyclable and can be broken down to make fleece, mats and same as rubber to make electrical and plumbing fittings. The other benefit is the factory in Germany was an early adopter of solar energy and fully kitted out with solar roof panels to reap green power to run the plant.

So what’s new to the market?

Science has developed bio based plastic made from renewable sugar cane. These are moulded to shape and although they are more rigid than a standard bottle they work in the same way. Production is in cooperation with the Finneck Foundation providing a safe work for people with disabilities and meeting the demands for greener products. To recycle they cannot be put in the plastic waste they should be classed as green waste. Not all local authorities have grasped this yet, putting a hard hot water bottle in with the green waste is a big leap but they will catch up. These new biodegradable bottles will break down naturally. These are quite new to market, there are plans to develop these further to increase uses and widen the appeal.

Those 10 green bottles standing on the wall are going in the right direction, just using a hot water bottle is good for the environment cutting down expensive heating costs in keeping the young and the old warm in our beds.