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Did you know that more than 300 million plastic water bottles make their way to landfill each year? While it can take hundreds of years for the plastic to break down, it’s not only the plastic in landfill that becomes a concern. The portability and high usage of plastic of all sorts, including those used in single use water bottles contributes to plastic that is polluting the oceans and waterways.
Plastic debris that pollutes water can accumulate and become entangled, which can create floating plastic masses. Known as plastic islands, these masses can cause damage to all marine life as the plastic can easily entrap or be ingested by animals such as fish, birds, turtles, and other marine life.
Avoid using single use plastic water bottles and drink containers by investing in sustainably made and ethically sourced water bottles available from Ecolateral.
If you’re thinking about making the switch to reusable water bottles, learn more about them here.
Reusable water bottles are available in a few different materials, with glass or stainless steel being a preferred option for many. Each type of water bottle has its pros and cons.
Water Bottles made from glass are an environmentally friendly option. Glass doesn’t affect the taste of any beverages, and you can always see what is in your bottle. It may not be the most important factor, but they make for a stylish drinking container!
While glass water bottles are portable, they are not as convenient as other options. Given the fragility of glass and also the weight, they can be a heavier option to carry around, and unfortunately, if you are not careful, can be damaged and/or broken more easily than other materials.
A very eco-friendly option is a high-quality stainless steel drink bottle. Containing no harmful chemicals, and being relatively lightweight, makes them not only safe to use, but easy to carry around. The durability of stainless steel means that with care and good hygiene practices, they can last a lifetime.
Stainless steel drink bottles are available with double-wall insulation, meaning they can keep your beverage hot or cold for long periods of time. Stainless steel is also resistant to corrosion and completely recyclable.
It is important when choosing a stainless-steel drink bottle, to opt for a high-quality water bottle, though they may be more expensive, they outlast most other types of water bottles.
Like any dishes or food storage containers you use at home, reusable water bottles are hygienic to use over and over with good hygiene practices. To ensure your reusable drink bottle remains hygienic you need to clean it regularly. Particularly if you swap between different beverage types.
Cleaning a reusable water bottle is simple. You can use regular dishwashing soap and water. A bottle brush, preferably one made from natural materials, will make the job even easier, so you can get all the way in and give all areas of the bottle a thorough clean.
Some reusable water bottles are safe to be washed in the dishwasher as well, just make sure you follow any care instructions from the manufacturer.
The lifespan of a reusable drinking container is dependent on the materials the bottle is made from. Plastic water bottles are usually best replaced after a few months, while glass and stainless-steel are both very long-lasting materials.
Be mindful of chips and cracks in glass water bottles, as long as you’re careful, they will be safe to use for a long time. While stainless drink bottles, as long as they are cleaned regularly, can last a lifetime and withstand a lot more.
Besides helping to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfill and our oceans, reusable water bottles also help reduce our use of natural resources such as oil. Oil and water are used in the making of single use plastic water bottles. It can take 3 litres of water and 1 litre of oil to produce 1 litre of bottled water.
The production of disposable water bottles not only uses natural resources, but it also causes the release of carbon dioxide into the Earth’s atmosphere, which is very harmful to the environment. In Australia, the use of bottled water is estimated to generate 60,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per annum.
By choosing a reusable and sustainable water bottle that will last you for years, you are helping to reduce not only the waste that ends up in landfill, but also help to reduce the demand for disposable water bottles to be produced.
At Ecolateral we aim to educate, inspire, and make it simple to lead a lifestyle that reduces your environmental impact on the world. We do this by sourcing products that have been made with the health of the Earth in mind. Our eco-friendly range incorporates items that are reusable, compostable, recyclable, or made from recycled materials to help you make more sustainable decisions. We support local manufacturing where we can and love Australian made products.
You can shop for reusable water bottles and drink containers online or instore at one of our 3 locations in South Australia – Blackwood, Magill & Brighton. We offer Click & Collect, AfterPay, as well as Australia-Wide and New Zealand shipping, with free shipping options available.