Reusable Water Bottles
Plastic water bottles were first introduced to Australia in the late 1980s, and these days we’re wasting billions of dollars per year on them! It’s not the monetary cost of the product that’s most mind-boggling, though, but the expenditure of resources involved in the water sourcing, bottle manufacture, and transportation.
The fact is it takes three to seven litres of water, and one litre of oil (a little less when the International Bottled Water Association is crunching the numbers yet even much more in other studies) to produce one litre of bottled water. This creates over 60,000 tons of greenhouses gases a year in Australia alone, without even factoring in what happens to the ‘recyclable’ bottles after consumption.
Typically bottles are not recycled properly, If at all, and end up in landfill, taking some 1,000 years to biodegrade. When they are recycled correctly, the vast majority are dispatched overseas to third-world nations to be ‘downcycled’, which in turn leads to more discarded waste and toxic pollution by way of incineration.
What about those new lightweight plastics? Nope, these are just as bad, if not worse for our oceans says The Boomerang Alliance. And it’s really a weak case when you consider that Australian tap water is higher quality and subject to more stringent testing than bottled alternatives.
The best option is a simple one: turn to your own refillable bottle – be it made of sleek glass, sturdy aluminum, reusable plastic, or otherwise.
Some Reusable Designs We Like
Memobottle A6 ($39.95) from Make Designed Objects – it all started in Melbourne!
Retap Glass Water Bottle, 500ml, ($34.95) from Magnation.
S’well Drink Bottle 500ml ($59.95).
Your standard home/office/café drinking glass – conserve your own porter energy by taking a moment to hydrate before heading out. If in urgent need, before you reach for a plastic disposable, put on a smile and ask a cafe owner for a glass from the tap.
Public bubblers – suss out water fountains in the areas you frequent or turn to these maps for Melbourne (thanks Rob Adams!), Sydney, and Brisbane locations.