Why you don’t need a Stanley Tumbler?


The peak of consumerism or The Influencer Trend, but is it honestly a water bottle or water holder, or is it more than that? Stanley cups are undoubtedly the most popular water bottles at the moment, and if you’re on the “WaterTok” side of TikTok or any other form of social media.

Let’s understand this craze before I tell you why you don’t need one!

Stanley, is a 111-year old company with a vaunted history of providing sturdy, insulated beverage containers to the likes of WWII pilots and blue-collar American men but to you and I what they mean is a fancy, reusable water bottle. Now more geared toward capturing a female clientele through influencers and moms, Stanley still offers that century-old promise: Its tumbler will hold and keep beverages at a desired temperature (hot ones stay hot, and cold ones stay cold).

We all saw when Stanley paid for a new car after a woman’s caught alight. By promising to purchase a new automobile for one of their followers, Stanley gained a lot of respect on TikTok. The video tweeted by Danielle (@danimarielettering) showed her burned-out car, with all of the contents destroyed except for the now-viral Stanley cup. Despite being in a fire, the cup somehow retained its ice content.

Stanley drinkware is now a status symbol for the wellness-oriented internet trend-chaser but we have failed as a community to educate ourselves.

Water bottles from names like Nalgene, Swell, Hydro Flask, and Yeti used to be a way for people to show they cared about health and the environment. That being said, none of Stanley’s predecessors caused such a huge frenzy that it could become a symbol of the kind of wasteful spending that reusable containers are meant to stop.


The process of making stainless steel bottles uses seven times as much fossil fuel, fourteen times as many greenhouse gases, and hundreds of times more metal materials than plastic bottles. Their environmental damage is so great that using them a few times is much worse than using a few disposable water bottles. You may have to re-read that sentence.

Designing on them is fun but that is far as I will go to owning one of these.

Once people get over the Stanley hype, they’ll move on to next trend reusable water bottles (showing that the problem isn’t just with the Stanley). Experts also say that recycling isn’t a good choice.

For one thing, CBC News pointed out that Stanley doesn’t offer any ways to recycle its products. “Recycling makes trash, and a lot of the time, it makes toxic trash that is harder to get rid of than the original item.”

Is it safe to drink from a Stanley cup?

Experts say there’s “really no risk” to using a Stanley cup as long as it’s in good condition.

But Yes, there is lead in these devices. No, it’s not anywhere near where someone would be exposed to it. But to understand the risk better, it would be important to know more: how lead forms part of the seal (is it enclosed within the seal, for example) or how much lead is used. Stanley has not confirmed this!

The best alternative lead-free water bottles – Hydroflask and Klean Kanteen

Why, in this world full of seemingly endless things, do we yearn for multiple indestructible drinking vessels?
— https://www.bonappetit.com/story/is-there-lead-in-stanley-cup

The cup seems to be everywhere even after the 2023 holidays when it was a massive stocking stuffer and present. People will get up bright and early and stand in queue to get their hands on. Similar to Target’s “Galentine’s Day” launch, people will shell out hundreds of dollars on resale sites to get their hands on a limited edition holiday version. People will flaunt them online so that others might admire them.

It appears that there may be some confusion. A Stanley Tumbler may or may not be necessary for you, depending on your tastes and way of living.

Here’s why you don’t need a Stanley

  • Maybe you don’t need a Stanley Tumbler right now because you already have other insulated drinkware that works just fine for you.

  • Stanley Tumblers is expensive AF, but that’s just because they are a high-quality brand. A more affordable choice can be a better fit if money is tight.

  • If you don’t frequently need to maintain a constant temperature for long periods of time, the advantages of a Stanley Tumbler may not be essential to your way of life.

  • Various people may have various tastes regarding the form, material, and design of their drinking vessels. Alternate options are available in case the Stanley Tumbler isn’t to your taste.

  • Reusable alternatives manufactured from eco-friendly materials may appeal to you if you are worried about the effects of particular products on the environment.

  • You don’t need a Stanley tumbler to stay hydrated!

  • The tumbler weighs close to 2 pounds and cannot fit in a cup holder

  • But they are pretty. And that’s all trends really seek: Is this thing moderately useful and does it look good?

  • Lots of insulated cups and water bottles are made with lead and so is Stanley

  • Trends die… so what’s next?

It’s worth noting that a Stanley Tumbler’s usefulness is relative and contingent upon your individual requirements and tastes. A Stanley Tumbler can be a good buy if you’re in the market for long-lasting, efficient insulated drinkware. You might not feel compelled to acquire one if you have alternative options that are more acceptable or if you don’t think such characteristics are necessary.

As aesthetically pleasing as a trend of colour-coordinated Stanleys sitting on a shelf can be, they’re not saving the environment if they’re not being reused repeatedly. It’s great that people are passionate about reusables and are spreading the word about their benefits. At the same time, overconsumption is also a problem, so for the lowest environmental impact, it’s best to reuse what you already have or purchase just what you need.

Now that you are now aware, do you regret your purchase? Do you use it daily?

Now that you own one, do you feel any different?

I would love to hear your thoughts.

with love,
Vanisha Singh

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