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Trusty Travel Companions: Water Bottles for Travellers

SIGG Bottles for Active Lifestyles

It’s no secret that staying hydrated while on the road is one of the biggest challenges travellers face, especially if they’re keen to avoid buying single use plastic bottles everywhere they go. One of the best ways to keep on top of your water is to BYO (ahem, bring your own) and keep it filled whenever you find a potable water source. Whether that’s the tap in your hotel or a waterfall on the trail, a day trip or a multi-week jaunt, to keep moving and exploring, you have to stay hydrated.

Here are our favourite water bottle + adventure combos to get you inspired to get out with your SIGG.

Cheeky waterfall hike

One of the best ways to spend an active afternoon is a stunner of a hike featuring one (or more!) waterfalls. Be sure to take your SIGG with you (we recommend a classic 1.0L traveller)  – it’s the perfect opportunity to fill up along the way. (Just be mindful you don’t fall in!).

Pictured: OriginaLizzie Collaboration – Oak Tree on Classic Traveller White Touch 1.0L

 

Chill beach day

Just because you’re spending your day next to water doesn’t guarantee there will be drinkable water anywhere nearby. Come prepared with a full water bottle (along with your book, hat, and sunscreen, of course!) and ensure you stay sun safe while relaxing on the beach. Pro tip: the SIGG Hot & Cold range are perfect for keeping water cold while out in the sun ally day.

Pictured: 0.5L Hot & Cold Bottle

 

Mutli-day mountain climb

Heading up, up, up? Before you climb, fill up a SIGG (or two!) to keep up your hydration and energy levels as you head for the top. The Hot & Cold 0.75L and 1.0L with a detachable cup are ideal for all season hiking, and perfect excuse to sit down for a cup and enjoy the view. These eco-friendly water bottles are super tough, just like you, so don’t worry about bringing them along for the journey…they can handle a dent or two!

Pictured: 0.75L Photo Credit: @megustorphin from Instagram

 

Weekend winery cycle

Prefer a leisurely cycle through wine country? Well then you’ll definitely need to bring some water along the for the ride! Nothing beats a sunny day trundling between the vines, but in order to keep yourself moving all day, a classic 0.6L traveller water bottle in your bike basket will be clutch. Keep refilling at wineries as you go (and we don’t just mean the water!).

Pictured: Queenie’s Cards Collaboration – Maple Leaf on 0.6L Classic Traveller White

 

Annual work trip 

Any time you travel for work, it’s usually a good idea to be branded to the nines. Show your company pride and get your brand out into the world with branded swag, including your custom branded water bottle. Whether it’s a conference or a retreat, you’ll probably be talking an awful lot and will be grateful you have water on hand to keep you from going hoarse!

Photo Credit: @dosecoffeeco from Instagram

Just-keep-moving winter walk

Just because it’s chilly doesn’t mean it isn’t a beautiful time of year to head outside – you just need to ensure you stay nice and toasty…and that’s where SIGG’s Hot & Cold bottles comes into play. Designed to keep bevvies hot or cold, it’s the perfect all-season companion, and ideal for when you want to warm up on an invigorating winter’s hike.

Photo Credit: @siggswitzerland from Instagram

Beloved weekend jaunt

Packing for a weekend away? Making sure your SIGG fits in your bag should be your top priority. Not getting enough water for a couple of days is enough to throw you off for another few days, so there’s no excuse for making space for a 0.6L classic traveller SIGG water bottle next to your running shoes.

Pictured: Custom 0.6L

Regardless of where you’re going or what you’re doing, your SIGG water bottle should always have a spot on your packing list, so that you can stay adventurous, stay curious, and stay hydrated. Happy travels, SIGG friends!

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SIGG Collaboration Spotlight: OriginaLizzie

The bottles in our collaboration series are some of our most popular bottles, and it’s not hard to see why. They give you the chance to express your personality and get creative, and sometimes even serve as a talking point when you’re out and about with your SIGG collaboration.

We love working with artists who share our values: sustainability, creativity, and community, which was why we were thrilled to connect with Lizzie Keenan from OriginaLizzie. A self-taught watercolour artist from Portland, Oregon, she regularly finds inspiration from the creativity of the community in which she lives (we all know Portland has a bit of a reputation in that regard!) and the natural beauty of her home state.

We were looking for an artist to capture the essence of the USA, and Lizzie was exactly who we were looking for. We sat down with her to chat a bit more about her painting, her inspiration, and home country. Join us as we go ‘behind the bottles’ and learn more about our current feature collaborator, OriginaLizzie.

SIGG NA: What is it that provokes you to paint? Is it an idea? An observation? An image or a video?

OG LIZZIE: To be honest, almost anything and everything inspires me to paint. Sometimes it’s an image or idea that I come across that sparks my imagination, and I rush to paint it out. For example, after seeing the latest Star Wars movie I immediately ran home and painted a Porg because they were just so damn cute. Other times I just get this overwhelming feeling that I need to art (yes, I am using art as a verb here).

For me, painting is like meditation. It’s a great form of stress relief when I have the chance to forget everything around me and get lost in the art right in front of me.

SIGG NA: Why do you work with watercolours? What is it about them that helps you articulate your creative pursuit?

OG LIZZIE: I found watercolor by luck. In the past I’ve dabbled in various arts and crafts: knitting, drawing, decoupage, string art-gone-wrong, etc. A couple of years ago I found myself with some additional free time on my hands and thought, “I’ve always wanted to watercolour, I’m just gonna do it.” So I went to my local art store, picked out the cheapest watercolour pan set I could fine, grabbed some paper, and headed home. I was utter crap at first because I didn’t know how the whole water and paint situation worked, but after a couple days of diddling about and watching some YouTube videos, I finally painted some carrots that I really liked. And I thought to myself, “oh hey friend, I like you.” I kept on painting from there and soon realized that a) I really loved painting and b) I might not be half bad at it.

I love the bit of surprise and unknowing nature of watercolour. I paint a lot of wet on wet, so often I don’t know how the pigment will bleed into the water that it sitting on the paper, and that’s part of the fun. And if/when it doesn’t come out very well, you can always add more colour, more water, or try to dab it all away with a paper towel and start anew.

SIGG NA: What’s your creative process when you’re working on a painting?

OG LIZZIE: It depends what I’m painting, but I usually start with some reference materials. Pinterest and Google Images are my favourite tools for this; I search around for photos of the object I want to paint, or the shape I want to explore, and bring them all up on my computer screen. Then, I get out a pencil and sketch out a rough outline of my object. Then, I just have a go at it.

Since I’m not formally trained, I don’t really know the right and wrong way to approach a watercolour painting. I tend to start loose and messy first, then as things dry I come back in with more details and the thing I was hoping to paint starts to take shape.

SIGG NA: When you first started working on this collaboration project, how did you choose which American symbols to paint?

OG LIZZIE: I am not really the flag-bearing American type. Heck, I ran off to England two times for school. So when you came to me asking about a ‘Stars and Stripes’ collaboration, I had to ponder a bit on what that meant to me, and how I could paint what I love, while showcasing the American spirit.

Bald eagles were one of the first things that came to mind, mainly because they are our national bird, but also because of the freedom and wild power that they represent. I get glimpses of them regularly where I live in Oregon, often in the Columbia River Gorge while on a waterfall hike. I love the way they soar through the sky, catching the natural air currents.

I then looked into other national American symbols (because I forgot everything I learned in elementary school) like the American bison, which is our national mammal, the oak tree, which is our national tree, and the rose, which is our national flower. I also milled about with ideas like our national monuments: the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and the Washington Monument.

I still wanted to give a shout out to the flag, which is so iconic for the USA, but I wanted to paint it with a bit of whimsy: less structured than the original but still strong in its symbolism. Plus, I like that the stars (which I swapped for blue) kind of look like fireworks, which I love, but also look like rain (which it does a lot of in Portland).

The result is a really cool collection (in my opinion!) of some of our most beloved icons.

SIGG NA: What is it about America that inspires you in your art?

OG LIZZIE: It has to be that fact that art is all around you in America. Take Portland, my hometown, for example. You can barely go a couple of blocks throughout the city without seeing a giant colourful mural on a wall or crosswalk. Or a mini library constructed at your neighbour’s house. Or a gorgeously wild landscaping effort in someone’s front yard. There could be poetry being spoken on a street corner, and even a Darth Vader unicycling down the streets playing flaming bagpipes. When your community is oozing with creativity, it’s hard to not be inspired and jump right in, and I think every community in America has its own version of truly inspiring creativity.

SIGG NA: What’s your favourite thing to celebrate about being American?

OG LIZZIE: Freedom is certainly a word that rings true in what is worth celebrating about being American. That, and the fact that our country is a home made up of immigrants. America is a melting pot of so many cultures and ways of life: you can see it in our streets, in our shops and restaurants, the mix of celebrations and traditions in our homes. The abundance of culture here is incredibly inspiring and worth celebrating.

And fireworks on the 4th of July. I love fireworks.

For more OriginaLizzie, follow her on Instagram and Facebook, and check out her website.

The SIGG collaboration collection with OriginaLizze features Lizzie’s original watercolour art of American symbols, including the soaring bald eagle, majestic American bison, proud Statue of Liberty torch, iconic American flag, and the mighty oak tree. Shop for your favourite now in our Collaborations section.

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5 Drink Recipes to Keep You Cozy

Snuggle up with your SIGG Hot & Cold bottle this season

It’s no secret that the Hot & Cold bottle is one of our favourite SIGG bottles here at SIGG North America. Not only will the sleekly designed bottle take you from home to work to play without missing a beat, it’s also the SIGG water bottle that’s most likely to take you from summer to winter and back again.

It’s been a chilly spring so far this year, so we thought we’d share some of our favourite warm drink recipes to pop in your SIGG Hot & Cold bottle and stay cozy all day long.

Martha Stewart’s Spiced Apple Cider

This classic brings back memories of childhood, and while it’s usually a fall beverage, we think it’s good enough to savour all winter long. Combining cardamom, cloves, allspice, and, of course, cinnamon, this spiced apple cider recipe from the one and only Martha Stewart also includes some orange zest – for that cheeky zing!

Hugo Ortega’s Mexican Hot Chocolate

Ask anyone who’s had it and they’ll agree: Mexican Hot Chocolate is the best hot chocolate around. The spicy kick that comes from Mexican chocolate is the perfect treat to carry with you and enjoy throughout the day (good news: your SIGG Hot & Cold will keep it nice and hot all day long!). The other piece of good news? It’s super simple to make: all you need is water and Mexican chocolate!

Vikram Vij’s Chai Tea

A drink that promises to warm your soul, we couldn’t leave chai tea off this list!

Cardamom is the spice that sings through any chai tea, but when it comes to the rest of the ingredients, there are

many variations to choose from. Vikram Vij recently shared three different chai recipes, all of we’d happily have in by our side in our SIGG. We’ve also seen some chai recipes feature a hint of maple syrup, and we don’t mind that idea one little bit.

Hello Switzerland’s Mulled Wine

In honour of SIGG’s Swiss roots, we looked to Switzerland to get a classic mulled wine recipe (or Glühwein, as the Swiss Germans call it!). Traditionally sipped and savoured around Christmas, we love mulled wine so much that we drink it whenever we need to warm up at home. With flavours of orange, lemon, cloves, and cinnamon, this classic recipe is the perfect one with which to load up your SIGG Hot & Cold bottles and pop round to your friend’s place for the evening.

Jamie Oliver’s Hot Toddy

If you’re cuddled around a backyard campfire late at night or taking a leisurely Saturday afternoon stroll (or snowshoe!) along the trails, there’s nothing wrong with a cheeky Hot Toddy to keep you warm and happy as you go. Top up your SIGG Hot & Cold with Jamie Oliver’s ‘perfect’ Hot Toddy, complete with honey, cloves, lemon, and cinnamon. Want to make it authentically British? Toss in a cheeky bit of whisky…we won’t tell!

From tea to cider, hot chocolate to chai, mulled wine to hot toddies, the SIGG Hot & Cold is the perfect insulated water bottle to keep both you and your favourite bevvies warm all spring long. Which one will you make first?!

Start browsing for the perfect SIGG Hot & Cold bottle on sale now.

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Top Clearmount and SIGG North America Trends You Missed at PPAI 2017 Las Vegas

PPAI Expo is one of those promotional product events that you shouldn’t miss, but we can understand if you missed us if you were there. There was a great deal to take in at the convention, what with all the bright neon signs outside and the many amazing suppliers inside. It is too difficult to cover all of the delightful new promotional industry trends, ideas and products that were featured at the show and/or are coming out over the next year in one blog post, but what we can cover off are the trends that Clearmount and SIGG North America featured at the show and the ideas we will be focusing on in 2017.

sigg bottles canada commonsku1. 3-D Printing

3-D printing gives new meaning to, ‘making your logo pop.’ With our new printing techniques we can add texture and actual depth to designs. Our machine lays down the textured ink in layers so that a variety of heights can be reached. Each layer may only be one millimeter or less, but the ability to use layers of textured ink adds so much depth to our bottle designs! A recent design for the commonsku conference inspired our intrepid designers to utilize a different height for each color sigg bottle commonskuof the robot logo in order to mimic the real-life parts of the robot, as well as create a textured barcode.

Whether you want to utilize 3-D printing to make your logo even more eye-catching or want to mimic real-life textures, such as sprinkles on a doughnut, geographical landscapes or the nuts and bolts of a robot, your audience will not be able to keep their eyes or hands off these SIGG bottles.

2. Digital Printing

Our new digital printing technologies enable your personalized corporate awards, appreciation gifts and promotional products a very crisp, clean and polished look. By using CMYK colors, we can print any color imaginable to give your logos and designs a stylish finish, far beyond the old technique of screening. If you want to match PMS colors, we can use PMS color matching to provide you with an even closer match. An additional benefit of digital printing is lower set up charges!

We are not limited to printing only on our bottles or on our Lucite items, we can print on almost any item you can think of. A recent project had us printing a logo onto hockey pucks, which were then put on a Lucite base. We can’t get any more Canadian than that!

3. New product launches

While we would love to have a SIGG bottle be part of all of your everyday activities, we know that the average water bottle is designed to contain room temperature water. Luckily, with our new 2017 product line we have a variety of hot and cold bottles designed to carry more than just water AND keep your beverages as cold or as hot as you want, coming your way!

sigg bottle patrick hunter designsMake sure to keep a close eye on shopsiggnorthamerica.com for future collaborations with Canadian artists. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out our Queenie Cards and Patrick Hunter SIGG bottle lines. These beautiful and delightful designs can be customized by adding your logo or special graphic.

2017 is revving up to be a busy and exciting year for Clearmount and SIGG and we hope that you can join in on some of the excitement. Contact us today to find out how we can make your 2017 as exhilarating as winning the jackpot!