Finder Green Fave: Fressko LIFT glass flask
This glass flask comes with infusers you can use for tea, coffee or fruit water – and keeps drinks hot or cold for hours.
The Fressko LIFT flask is made of double-walled glass that is super insulating, with hot drinks staying warm for up to 6 hours and cold drinks staying cool for up to 12 hours.
So, if you were out and about all day, you could enjoy a refreshing sip of whatever you'd made, cutting down on drinks you might have bought otherwise.
Apart from glass, this flask has three other main components: stainless steel infusers, a bamboo lid and hardened silicon on the inside of the lid.
Fressko launched its flasks in 2014 and has a whole range of glass, stainless steel and bamboo flasks, plus coffee cups. It's an Australian company based in Melbourne, although I'd never heard of it until I was given a LIFT flask for my birthday in 2021. So, as well as using it, I decided to find out more about how it's made and the brand.
What makes the Fressko LIFT glass flask sustainable?
A lot of the time, buying drinks when you're out leads to waste, whether that's a take-away cup, a plastic bottle or an aluminium can. The Fressko LIFT flask is an alternative that you can use for your tea, coffee, smoothies, fruity infusions or even water.
You can do all this because of the infusers that come with the flask. The short one works as a filter when you want to make fruit water or use other ingredients for an infusion. The long one works with tea leaves or coffee. For water, you could just take the infusers out.
What I also like about Fressko is that the company is open about how these flasks are made. They're designed in Melbourne and made in China at factories that have ethical standards for workers. According to the Fressko website, this includes safety measures and fair pay.
The flasks are made without the use of harmful chemicals and are designed to stand the test of time, with toughened glass, a 12-month warranty and the option of getting new filters if you need them.
We tried it and like it
My first thought when I got my Fressko LIFT flask was that it suits me to a tee (pun intended). It would make a great present for anyone with an interest in sustainability. Especially if they drink a lot of tea or coffee, which I do.
Even the packaging is designed to be re-used, with some thoughtful suggestions written onto the simple, black-and-white box: "before discarding, how about using it as a utensil holder, children's small toy container or perhaps a succulent pot."
Inside this minimal packaging, is the flask and a small set of instructions that had images on it to show how you use the infusers for different drinks.
The first time I tried it out, I made tea from leaves and found the infuser really easy to use. But I did notice that you need to make sure the short one is screwed into the long one properly, and that you clip it into place when you put it back into the flask.
Also, the infusers are called a "2-in-1 Filter" on the outer packaging. That confused me, until I looked at the actual flask and decided both "filter" and "infuser" were being used for the same component.
To drink my tea, I found turning the lid upside down gave me a handy place to put the infuser – before realising you don't need to take the infuser out at all. And it stayed warm for about 4.5 hours sitting on my kitchen bench.
I also wanted to try it out with a teabag to see how that would work, because there are two different sets of instructions for that. The packaging says to put the bag into the long infuser and the instruction booklet says to put the teabag into the main part of the flask and click the short infuser into place. Maybe you can do both but I haven't got around to trying it yet.
While I have a few stainless steel bottles, I've never bought a glass one because I know they're heavier to carry around. I was pretty happy with the weight of the Fressko LIFT when it was full. And, as someone with very small hands, I am pleased to say that I can hold it comfortably in one hand.
Where can I get it?
You can buy Fressko flasks and coffee cups online through the brand's website, as well as sites like eBay and Amazon.The LIFT flask has an RRP of $49.99, with a flat-rate shipping cost of $9.95 if you buy directly from the Fressko website (standard shipping is free for orders over $60). If you want to shop locally, Fressko also has a searchable map of stockists around Australia on its site. Overseas, there are stores in New Zealand, the US and the UAE.
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