Last week I did something slightly regrettable. Over a year ago, I bought a cheap imitation Sigg water bottle. Until then I’d been reusing bottled water bottles, however they are only meant to be used once and can leach chemicals into the water if you reuse them. Lovely!
Anyway, my water bottle worked well until… it didn’t. It got to a point where the lid wouldn’t screw on properly and it leaked all over my laptop bag. I threw it away in frustration and tweeted for advice.
Tapwater.org came to the rescue by sending me a rather sexy stainless steel Lifebottle.
The idea behind Lifebottle is you buy a bottle, which you can then refill at any participating shop/organisation. The number of refilling stations they have signed up is really impressive.
(yes, I’m lucky enough to live somewhere on that map, but there are plenty of refilling stations outside central London as well)
Here are some fun facts from the Tapwater.org website:
- The average person will spend £25,000 on bottled water and associated soft drinks in their lifetime. (scary!)
- The UK consumes 18 billion plastic bottles each year, and since only a quarter of these are recycled this means 38 million plastic bottles end up in landfill every single day!
- Independent tests show UK tap water is among the safest in the world. It undergoes hundreds of taste tests every year, and is checked 30,000 times a year for chemicals and bacteria.
- An estimated 25 percent or more of bottled water is just tap water in a bottle
- The British Nutritional foundation found that bottled water was no better for you than tap water.
- The French senate actually advises people who only drink bottled water to mix up their brands because all of the minerals found in bottled waters can be damaging to your health in high doses.
- In the US a study found nearly 38 different contaminants in 10 brands of bottled water.
Lifebottles are excellent quality, being made out of a really high grade of stainless steel, as opposed to other bottles I’ve seen (including my old one) that was made from plastic-lined aluminium. And for those who really just don’t like water, you can get flavour tablets that you can store in the lid. Another optional extra is the ice stick that screws in to keep your drink cold. I prefer my tap water room temperature, but it’s insulated so you can also put hot drinks in there. Think I’ll test it out by taking some tea along to my next 3-hour lecture!
Thank you tapwater.org for sending me a Lifebottle to review.