Thirsty? Buy – drink – throw. Most of us will follow that pattern when we want to drink water, especially when we are on the move. What happens to that empty plastic water bottle when we have satisfied our physical need? Once it’s in the bin, it’s out of sight, out of mind.
The good news is as follows:
Disposable plastic drinks bottles would be banned across the European Union to reduce litter and prevent pollution of rivers and the sea, under proposals from a group of senior politicians.
All drinks bottles should either be re-fillable or subject to deposit/return schemes charging customers a refundable fee of up to 20p, Environmentalists for Europe said.
More than 13 billion single-use plastic bottles are sold in Britain each year, an average of 200 per person. Only about half are recycled. The thin plastic bottles are used by almost all drinks manufacturers.
More than 8,000 plastic bottles were picked up from beaches
- In 2013, Concord, a small town in Massachusetts, US, banned the sale of water in bottles smaller than one litre. Jean Hill, the 84-year old grandmother who led a campaign for the ban said, she had been inspired by her grandson, who had told her about a vast floating island of plastic waste in the Pacific Ocean.
- In 2014, San Francisco banned the sale of single-use bottles of water in municipal buildings and parks. Last year, Selfridges stopped selling single-use bottles.
- London Zoo, which sold 155,000 plastic bottles of water last year banned them this week and will sell reusable plastic bottles which can be filled by visitors from taps.
- Plastic bag usage has fallen by about 80 per cent in major supermarkets since the introduction of a 5p charge last October.
Via: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/call-for-ban-on-disposable-bottles-sfzz620q7, The Times newspapers, Friday 10th June 2016
I would recommend when you do decide to invest into your bottle to use chemical/toxins free materials such as BPA and PETE free plastic or copper bottle. Do not re-use your the plastic bottle such as supermarkets own brands. The oestrogen that leaks into the water causes a whole lot of issues for your health. Too much oestrogen is not a good thing.
If you’d like to know what I personally use, please don’t hesitate to contact me via my email. I haven’t bought a plastic bottle for quite some time and certainly save myself not only a bit of money but feel great not adding to the waste too.
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