Bobble water bottle from TEDxUbud
While it looks a bit unusual due to the corn-like apparatus stuck onto the bottle's cap, the bottle is an ingenious invention for a healthier life, and a cleaner environment. The corn-like apparatus indeed is Bobble's important part; the water filter. It has an active carbon filter which binds contaminants like chlorine, and organic contaminants, resulting in a healthier water and fresher taste. Designed to be used with municipal tap water it does not kills harmful germs though, so it's not a heavy duty water purifier.
My colleague later inform me that it is a quite expensive bottle, as he once saw it sold in one of Bali's department store at around 200K IDR. It's not surprising though considering the more industrial brand like Lock & Lock has already sold within that price range as well, not to mention that Bobble has cooler design, added benefits, and its environmental friendly, as the bottle is made with good plastic; recycled PET that is free of BPA, Phthalates and PVC & is 100% recyclable. It's as safe as the best of baby's milk bottle only looks way cooler!
However as with most of Indonesian including Bali's tap water is not drinkable, I think it needs something stronger than Bobble to make them drinkable; you'll find it useful though upon encountering drinking waters that you have doubt on its quality, or has been stored a little too much under direct sun, or perhaps has been stored side by side with something it shouldn't.
For more information please visit their website at http://www.waterbobble.com/. (byms)
About author: Bayu Amus
Bayu Amus is a gastronomic storyteller and Food Experience designer. He pens food articles for travel magazines, speaks on food events, and was part of the team who compiled Makansutra Indonesia 2013, the pocket book which showcases Bali’s best street food. Contact him through firstname.lastname@example.org