Why you should ditch single-use plastic and switch to refillable bottles
Why you should ditch single-use plastic and switch to refillable bottles

Plastics contribute around 85% to volumes of recorded beach litter – 61% of this is single-use plastic items. This litter pollutes oceans and kills sea life when they ingest it.

Not only is plastic waste choking planet earth – polluting the air, water and soil which people and animals need to survive – but studies have shown that toxic elements from plastic can leech into our bodies.  Drinking tap water, especially if it’s purified, is usually much better for your health and the environment than bottled water.

The Terrifying Truth About Plastic Pollution

 

Globally about 8 million metric tons of plastics leak into the ocean each year, an amount that could easily double in 10 years with our ever-growing demand for plastic packaging. Plastic is often utilised for just a few moments, but remains on the planet for a few hundred years.

plastic pollution on beaches
According to the Beach Co-Op, “Human life is significantly dependent on the health of the ocean.

Our Oceans

  • Generate 50% of the oxygen we need to breathe
  • Supply 1/6th of the animal protein we need to eat
  • Hold more than 90% of all water on earth
  • Absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
  • Play a significant role in mitigating climate change.
Yet the ocean is under constant threat due to our consumer patterns and current productions.

The Effect of Plastic on Your Health

When it comes to drinking from non BPA-free bottles, studies have shown that quantifiable amounts of plastic phthalates can be found in the human body. These particles are known hormone disruptors and can do damage to your endocrine system.

Here’s a video by Tech Insider to explain the effects of single-use plastics on your health.

Switching to filtered tap water is not only better for your body, but also for the environment. With even a small percentage of people switching over to re-useable plastic bottles, the demand & production of these single-use plastics can be greatly reduced within a year.

Changing the way we design, use & reuse plastic

As this plastic crisis continues, global organisations like WWF and local ones like The Beach Co-op are leading the way forward to “help reimagine how we source, design, dispose of, and reuse the plastic materials communities most depend upon.” Because while plastic can help make hospitals safer, food last longer, and packages more efficient to ship; it has no place in nature. WWF is fighting for a world with no plastic in nature by 2030. “It’s a world where our oceans teem with marine life, not discarded nets, bottles and bags. Where no human breathes the toxic fumes of burning plastic. And where every indispensable plastic product is used to make another. It’s a world where people and nature thrive together.” At H2O | BWT we recognise that water is both the elixir of life and a limited resource. We are committed to working sustainably, conserving the precious resources of our planet while treating existing water on site to make it available at the desired quality.

Ditch single-use plastics and drink your water on the go!

Grab your H2O | BWT’s 100% BPA-Free Refillable bottles. Some features include:

  • Break-resistant
  • Easily transported
  • Can hold still or carbonated water
  • Easy to open flip-top cap
  • Hand strap for a secure hold while on the move
Let’s start here and make South Africa a #plasticfreemzansi
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