“It actually got to the point where I was rationing my water intake to one 1.5 litre water bottle per day to lower my waste.”
There are several choices we make everyday that can either positively impact the enviroment or have a negative effect.
Sometimes it’s tough to know where to begin but even something as small as wearing a t-shirt 2-3 times before putting it in the wash can make a difference. And no; it’s not gross or dirty or unhygenic to do that. Infact, washing your clothes too often can actually break the fabric down and cause your clothes to wear out before their time. So, you are actually extending the life of your clothes while helping to lower your impact on the planet.
THE SINGLE USE PLASTIC BOTTLE DEBARCLE
As a traveller, probably one of the biggest costs and sources of waste is single use bottled water. Depending on which country you are travelling through determines whether you can drink the tap water or not.
I just spent 14 months travelling throughout South East Asia and drinking tap water was just not an option. After living in Australia (my home), where I could easily fill my refillable water bottle wherever I went, I was horrified at the amount of plastic waste I was producing from purchasing single use water bottles abroad.
A minimum of two to three 1.5 litre bottles of water per day and as I had nowhere to refill them from, when I was finished with them they just went in the bin. It actually got to the point where I was rationing my water intake to one 1.5 litre water bottle per day to lower my waste. This was sometimes difficult as the countries I was travelling through were very hot.
I realised very quickly how very lucky and very spoilt I am to come from a country where tap water is drinkable.
NEW DISCOVERY: THE REFILLABLE, FILTERED WATER BOTTLE
Then the most amazing thing happened… My good friend Judy introduced me to the Water-To-Go refillable water bottle (thanks Judy!). This is now my most favourite and vital possesion to carry while I travel.
Not only is the Water-To-Go water bottle refillable but it has an amazing NASA developed filter inside which filters out 99.9% of the nasties found in tap water, which means that you can fill it up from almost anywhere and know that the water you are drinking is safe.
The filter is made up from 3 different technologies – mechanical, electrical and carbon filtration and it can filter up to 200L of water before it needs to be changed. That is awesome!
It is also economical, it costs approximately 7.5 cents per litre of water. And to make it even more enticing; the bottle, lid and filter are BPA free and the filters are completely recyclable once you’ve finished with them.
SAVING YOUR HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT!
So how much will this reusable water bottle really help the environment and your health you may ask…
- Most single use plastic bottles are made from PET plastic (Polyethylene terepthalate) which is derived from crude oil. It can take up to 3L of water to make 1L and if you fill a bottle to about 25% of its volume that’s how much oil is needed to make that bottle (What?!).
- In the US alone, 1500 plastic water bottles are consumed every second and only approximately 20% of those bottles are recycled. Unfortunately not every type of plastic can be recycled and different parts of the world have different recylcing policies.
- Plastic bottles that end up in landfill or litter on the streets or at the very worse in the oceans can take up to 1000 years to break down. In the ocean, they break up into smaller pieces of plastic and are ingested by unassuming marine animals and sea birds who think it is food. Even humans who eat fish are eating plastic which the fish has previously ingested.
- Transportation of bottled water throughout the world requires the burning of fossil fuels and the use of water, not to mention the release of harmful chemicals and gases into the atmosphere from the production of these bottles.
- These plastic bottles contain BPA or Bisphenol A. This is a chemical which makes the plastic hard and clear and it is completely toxic to humans. BPA is an endocrine disruptor and has been linked to several health problems such as early puberty in girls, certain types of cancer, neurological difficulties, reduced fertility in women, premature labour and defects in newborn babies. BPA leaches into the human body through repeated use of plastics such as water bottles, hence the term ‘single use’. These water bottles are only meant to be used once because the risk of health problems are increased even more through repeated exposure.
- Last but not least – Your hip pocket. Buying bottled water is expensive and studies have shown that bottled water is not always better or cleaner than tap water even though it is marketed that way. Infact it has been estimated that one in four bottles actually contain tap water anyway!
The Water-To-Go water bottle is a game changer. Not only am I able to stay hydrated and have access to water whenever I need it. It helps me save money, save my health and save the planet.
For all the information and to purchase a bottle, be sure to check them out at – www.water-to-go.com.au , www.watertogo.eu , www.watertogo.co.nz
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An afternote: While it was impossible to drink the tap water throughout S.E. Asia, I did come across the odd hostel that provided drinking water for free. Usually they will state whether they do or not on their website or the booking website.
This is definitely something to keep an eye out for as a great service but be aware that the water they provide is devoid of any important minerals as it has been treated to within an inch of its life. So while it is refreshing, it is not necessarily hydrating.
A good way to supplement your water intake is by eating lots of fruit and veggies.
Love Kat xx