Nalgene bagan in 1949 as a state-of-the-art polyethylene laboratory equipment. Rumors began floating around the company about the scientists taking the smaller, more convenient bottles out of the lab and using them on hikes and excursions. The owner, Marsh Hyman, had a son in the boyscouts. By the 1970s, he and his fellow Scouts started using the Nalgene lab bottles on the trail. They were perfect as water bottles; for storing powdered drinks and pancake mix; and for carrying matches and shampoo and snacks and all sorts of camping supplies. They have been making water bottle and trail storage containers ever since.