Tuesday, 5 April 2011

My Earth Hour Goal

So Earth Hour was a little over a week ago and my goal this year to go beyond the hour was to cut down the amount of plastic I consume. Although I don’t like to admit it, due to my lifestyle, I drink a lot of bottled water each week and although I recycle, this is still a huge amount of wastage on my part. Now while I’m at work the idea of giving up bottled water is easy, there is access to plenty of tap water. The problem starts when I am out and about.
After doing some research on the internet I found there were several solutions to getting fresh, clean water without having to spend money or consume more plastic. 

The first of the ideas is called Water Bobble; I have been aware of this product for a while but was pleased to find out last week that they have now started shipping to the UK.

According to the website Water Bobble is a revolutionary product that takes care of the planet, keeps your body hydrated your wallet fat and your taste buds satisfied.

Where I live tap water doesn’t particular taste very good – which I think is why I got hooked on bottled water in the first place! Therefore this product is perfect for me as it has a built in filter which apparently is carbon based in order to remove organic contaminants from regular municipal water. I don’t really know much about that but what I can tell you is that when I used it last week it tasted a lot better than regular tap water.
This product is made from plastic so you might be thinking how is this really helping me reduce my plastic consumption and conserve the environment? Well for starters it is made from 100% recycled materials and the filter alone gets approximately 300 uses. You can then buy replacements filters so the bottle lasts even longer than that! So really your plastic consumption would have reduced significantly. And not only that, it is also saving your wallet 300 bottles of water. Which considering how much bottled water is nowadays is a massive saving!
I think this is a great innovation for people who, like me, don’t like tap water but don’t want to expenditure of constantly buying bottled water and most importantly want to help protect the planet.

The second solution I have come across is GiveMeTap. This is a Manchester based company who have managed to get many of the bars and restaurants in the area to provide free tap water to anyone using a GiveMeTap water bottle.
By purchasing the reusable bottle it will also help fund independent water projects around the world. This is because 70% of GivemMeTap’s profits are donated so everyone can enjoy fresh clean water.
Now here comes the best part when carrying this water bottle around, you are able to fill up as many times as you like FREE from approximately 51 locations around Manchester.
Apparently, a typical person spends on average £300 a year on bottled water which to anyone is a considerable amount of money – especially when it is freely available from the tap! Find out how much you could save here.

Now unfortunately, I don’t live in Manchester but I can’t see why this idea cant be rolled out across the country. Not only does this save you money, it reduces plastic and benefits water projects around the world. Fingers crossed this product catches on and everyone wants to be a part of it.

If you’re still not convinced you need to reduce your bottled water consumption take a look at this very powerful video and the reason I thought I should cut down my bottled water consumption.

By using these products I am one step closer to achieving my Earth Hour goal!!

1 comment:

  1. I'm going to get my own water bobble ASAP! Thanks for raising awareness of this great product! It's helping me to achieve my own earth hour goal too!