1- Yes, the cost of the empty bottle is much higher than a plastic one. That said, we are able to keep our prices competitive with other premium brands (like Evian or Fiji) because we make everything in the Midwest, which keeps our shipping costs low. The idea as we grow is to produce as close to where we are selling as possible.
2- This is a question that we asked ourselves a lot before deciding to launch Green Sheep Water. We knew that drinking from the tap was the most sustainable solution to the plastic pollution caused by bottled water, but the reality is that people value convenience and it is extremely hard to change people's habits. Reusable bottles have been around for a long time and yet bottled water consumption keep growing. Even people that are making a conscious effort to carry a reusable bottle often forget it and they find themselves in situations where they want something cold and healthy to drink but the only options come packaged in plastic. Green Sheep Water is meant to be a pragmatic solution that takes into account people's habits, but we will always encourage drinking water from the tap.
Thanks Marilu Valente ! I totally agree about tap water and we always emphasize the fact that drinking water from the tap is more sustainable than any bottled water option, including ours. Our bottles are made specifically for single-use, which allows us to keep the aluminum super thin, and we can't legally say that they are refillable as they do not meet the required specs. That said, many people (including myself) do use them multiple times :)