Gallery: Karim Rashid Unveils Water-Filtering “Bobble” Bottle


Here at Inhabitat we’re pretty much glued to our reusable water bottles, so we got a little giddy when we saw the Bobble, a water filtering bottle designed by iconoclast designer Karim Rashid that sells for just $9.95. On top of being reusable and affordable the Bobble is BPA-free, made from recycled plastic and available now in a green store near you. The super stylish carbon filter comes in six different colors and filters chlorine and organic contaminants from regular tap water — the Bobble website notes that the filter shouldn’t be used on water of unknown quality.

With Americans alone buying over $17 billion dollars worth of bottled water every year and using 1.5 million barrels of oil to make those water bottles, a good alternative is desperately needed. The Bobble is perfect for your, “I drink bottled water because I know it is clean,” friends. The carbon filter on the Bobble is guaranteed to provide 150 liters of impurity-free water — which equates to about 250 bottles of water. Stick that in your Bobble and drink it.

The Bobble was designed by Karim Rashid, a jack of many trades known for his innovative, fun and blobtastic designs. Replacement filters are only $7.00, which is a small price to pay for an inexpensive and more environmentally friendly alternative to bottled water. Coming from one of the coolest designers around, we’re excited to see bobbles hit the streets.

The Bobble retails for 9.95 and can be purchased directly from the Bobble Website.

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  1. aquakleen February 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    The best of all water filters I’ve known of, and currently own, is the ZeroWater pitcher and/or refrigerator dispenser. It filters out EVERYTHING, leaving nothing but pure water…the next best thing to distilled water…and it comes with a tester to test the purity. I just wish ZeroWater made an individual filtering water bottle similar to this.

    Brita and Pur and make water better than that from a tap, but when the water from those filters is tested using the ZeroWater tester, it shows impurities still present. I want to know in detail what this Bobble filters out of the water…other than chlorine, bacteria, etc., which is pretty vague. Does it remove metals such as lead, mercury, etc., which cause arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and who knows what else? If not, it doesn’t do a very good job of purifying. Perfect your product, and I might become a user.

  2. imusgrove January 18, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    …this comment thread seems to be full of a bunch of tree huggers bitching. It’s not the PERFECT solution. It IS a good alternative. And it doesn’t just change the taste. It filters the same way that a Brita filter does. It filters out excess chlorine, organic material etc. A lot of people who have Brita filters say it’s the same or actually exceeds Brita in quality.
    Also, the closest thing to bitter water I’ve ever tasted is SmartWater. It tasted horrible so I didn’t drink it again. It DOES help the environment and hopefully this will get people to drink more water since it’s so essential to good health. It’s not perfect but it’s a step in the right direction. Way to encourage…

  3. soccerwiebskyra October 26, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    what is bobbles phone number?

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  5. trkdirect August 12, 2010 at 9:21 am

    I agree with the first comment above, by \”mariposa\”. Over the course of a year, a pile of discarded plastic filters is generated. The much better solution is to design a filter that can be refilled with activated carbon. Every pharmacy has activated carbon. But that would be like a printer company selling refillable ink cartridges. Suggestion to Karim Rashid: it\’s OK to make the bobble a bit more expensive but please change the design of the filter to allow refilling of carbon.

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  7. derekdj July 29, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks Karim for jumping on the lets exploit consumers by slapping a “green” moniker on it.

    The bottle filters tap water and isn’t suppose to be used on unknown quality water?

    Personally I use a Brita filter and glass bottles for my water. Just because it’s made of recycled plastic doesn’t make it good.

  8. lollie July 4, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Where would I buy the Bobble Bottles designed by Karim Rashad?
    Thanking you in advance.

  9. Magnus May 4, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Why not just drink the tap water or spring water as it is?

    I drink the local water everywhere I go and I have never been ill from drinking it. Mountain spring water is probably cleaner than your tap water so gp ahead and drink it without filter.

  10. Amandeep April 26, 2010 at 8:57 am

    I m not sure if this is really a solution. The filter is a simple activated carbon filter that alters the taste (by which i mean.. makes it taste kinda bitter like bottled water), the actual problem of pathogens remains unsolved. Tap water is very much potable if there is no bacterial contamination and this product does not address that. It sounds more like playing with the taste of water than its actual potability.

  11. March 24, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I’m excited to try this new water Booble, I work at College and would love if our bookstore would have these available. But I need to let the Manger of the store to look at the cost and our Budget to see if this could be possible, I sure hope so. Our student they do love their water. I too would love see this Booble around our campus.

  12. No0 March 23, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    I NEED this bottle, because it could get a ambassador of fresh water during my alptraverse by bike. the plan is to ride from germany to italy during august. what a great first “get to know” on a mountainspring with other bikers having A BOOBLE IN MY HAND.

  13. mariposa March 13, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    How can a product that generates waste be considered “a good alternative”? The plastic filter of Bobble is meant to be replaced every two months, so while the initial price is $9.95, you end up paying another $35 in just one year for filter replacements AND the used filters become garbage. The Bobble is nice to look at, but it is anything but “a good alternative”.

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