Image: Artefact

We’ve been keeping an eye on the 999Bottles Kickstarter project, and with days left, it seems it’s still at least $40,000 away from meeting its funding goal of $99,999 (aka it’s looking bleak).

999Bottles is probably the most elegant water bottle you’ll come across with its minimalistic design and stainless steel exterior. Its purpose is to help you kick your addiction to plastic bottles. But 999Bottles, a creation of Seattle-based design and marketing firm Artefact, stands out from the Nalgenes of the world because of its lo-fi tracking feature. The base includes a dial to count the number of times you fill up (i.e. the number of plastic bottles you didn’t use), and an app helps visualize that impact.

Image: Artefact

For instance, by the time you filled up at the tap 138 times, the app will tell you that 138 plastic bottles stacked on top of each other is roughly the height of a 10-story building. If you’ve refilled 226 times, that’s about 10 gallons of oil, or about 500 miles.

A bit of insight into your drinking habits. If that sounds appealing to you, head on over to Kickstarter to make a pledge. And if it goes to production, you can be sure we’ll review one here on Discovery.