From Seychelle's website:
"In recent years bottled water has come under increased scrutiny because of plastic bottle leaching, and bottled water's high cost per gallon. Millions of barrels of oil used each year to produce and transport bottled water. Billions of empty bottles end up in landfills each year where they may last for 1,000 years. And, the quality of bottled water is not always assured!"
Every point in this statement is FACT, not fiction. It is not up for debate. People don't realize that so many things are made from oil. The amount of plastic that we blaze through, as a society, is absolutely mind-boggling. Hopefully we are recycling a large degree of it but I fear we are not. Further, I fear that it takes even more oil products to recycle it all to the degree that recycling might not be what it is cracked up to be, either.
And, sadly, a lot of bottled water companies are not exactly informing their customer base that sometimes their product is not even as clean as common tap water treated by whatever community you live in.
Seychelle is not only aiming their products at military folks, they are trying to get regular people to use some of their products, like this canteen, every day. They make a good argument. Bottled water is expensive! So, why not purchase a canteen/water bottle with a filtering element on it? When the filter wears out, purchase another one. When you consider that the filter on this canteen will filter up to 100 gallons of water and it only costs $31.99, you only need to take a trip to your local convenience store like 7-11 and price bottled water to see what a deal you are getting for your money.
I first heard about Seychelle when I read this article in Men's Journal on Robert Young Pelton's gear.
As you can see in the picture, Seychelle's Water Filtration System in the form of a Canteen is comparable in size and shape to a standard, U.S.G.I. Canteen.
The other picture shows the filtration module removed from the canteen.
Even if you are not so concerned with the quality of bottled water or your tap water, this is a great piece of emergency survival gear to have standing by in your survival kit.