Why purifying your own water can help reduce plastic waste
1) THE SCARY TRUTH
In the UK, we gulp down a staggering 10 million bottles of water daily, and guess what?
The bottled water industry is gearing up to unleash a jaw-dropping 280 million more of those planet-choking single-use plastic bottles onto supermarket shelves in just the next four years.
But here's the inconvenient truth: don't be fooled into thinking that all those plastic bottles are responsibly recycled. In reality, a mind-boggling 1,500 plastic bottles are thrown away every second and an astonishing 60 million plastic bottles find their grim final resting place in landfills every single day.
2) RECYCLING WON'T CUT ITDid you know that recycling a plastic bottle can be pricier than simply making a brand-new one and tossing the old? Shockingly, it also consumes about ten times the amount of water to produce a typical 500ml single-use water bottle than it will ever hold. Despite this, the allure of cheap new plastic and the undeniable convenience of bottled water are fueling the relentless growth of water bottle brands.
3) WE'RE INGESTING MICROPLASTICS
Microplastics: not quite garnish of lime in our water…scientists are sounding the alarm: steer clear of plastic bottles as they've unveiled alarming evidence of microplastics in human tissue. The sinister secret lies in plastic bottles, which can unleash these minuscule invaders, especially when basking in the sunlight. We should not drink bottled water in plastic bottles,’ one scientist said. The study's author warned against microplastics, saying, 'a typical person ingests a credit card’s worth of them every week.’
In a separate investigation, it was discovered that those who guzzle down loads of bottled water are packing double the usual dose of microplastics in their digestive systems.
One of the minds behind the most recent World Health Organization report on microplastics in drinking water, drops a bombshell: bottled water can house "a few hundred" pieces of microplastic. Tests revealed that 93% of bottled water shows 'some sign of microplastic contamination.'
4) MINIMISING PLASTIC WASTE
The Home Water System from Virgin Pure gets rid of all the contaminants that can be found in tap water, including chlorine, lead from old pipes, and microplastics. It also leaves in all the naturally occurring essential minerals, so it’s just like having mineral water on tap.
Unlike a standard water filter jug, it keeps bacteria at bay and you only need to replace the filter twice a year.
Also, the Home Water System dispenses your water at whatever temperature you choose - from chilled to boiling, and it’s more energy efficient than a kettle.
If you buy lots of bottled water, then you could save a fair amount of money and cut your single-use plastic consumption by purifying your own tap water and filling up a flask instead.