Plastic water bottles, stop.
Updated: Sep 13
In the UK 7.7 billion plastic bottles are used each year, most of these are discarded and end up polluting our rivers and seas and each bottle leaks chemicals into our environment along the way as it decomposes. The supply and demand chain of plastic bottled water is devastating to our environment and we have to stop, but how?
Well there are usually two reasons people buy bottled water, they don't think the tap water is pure and/or they need to be able to carry their water around. There are easy alternatives to both these problems that reduce pollution and give you a healthier lifestyle.
1. How to harvest rainwater
Are you worried that the water you're drinking is impure or bad for your health so much so that you're effectively spending hundreds of pounds a year on bottled water? Stop.
Rainwater is 100% pure and good for you, it also just happens to fall from the sky almost every day if you live in the UK. Let's use that to our advantage.
Now you can't assume that rainwater is still completely pure after it runs off of your roof, there could be chemicals in the paint used on your roof or leaves that have fallen on to it. If you want to harvest rainwater you have to be careful and make sure it's clean, this article should help you understand how to keep it pure.
That said if everyone harvested rainwater, even just for watering plants or washing dishes the planet and the climate would be much better off.
Rainwater is a natural recourse and we should use it as much as we can. Rainy days usually come at the worst time so why don't we make the most of it?
2. Reusable water bottles
If you're on a run or a hike you're gonna wanna make sure you don't pass out from dehydration and getting a plastic water bottle from the nearest shop might seem like the easiest option, but investing in a reusable water bottle is so much better for the environment.
I'm sure you're thinking what about when it runs out and there aren't any taps around , wouldn't I have to buy a plastic one?
If a cafe or a restaurant has the refill symbol on their windows or doors that means that they'll fill up your water bottle for free.
To find out more about the refill symbol, go to this website.
Buying a metal reusable water bottle, would be more expensive and slightly heavier, however it would also last much longer and be better for the environment in the long run, but if you can't invest in one, a proper plastic water bottle that is designed to be reused will do the job.
I have to mention, if you think harvesting rainwater is too much of a hassle to get pure water, boiling the tap water gets the job done just as well, and when you're done you can fill your new reusable water bottle with it!
Until next time, remember to be your own superhero.