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    Refillable Water Bottles

    Friday, 17 July 2020  |  Joanna

    Refillable Water Bottles

    This is Plastic Free July - an annual chance for us to focus on the amount of single use plastic we throw away and make a concerted effort to reduce it.

    One of the biggest causes of plastic pollution is from the single use bottles we buy water and other drinks in when we're out and about. Even if we take it home and put it in the recycling do we then think about where that plastic goes? Plastic bottles can be recycled into polyester - our bamboo socks contain 22% recycled polyester alongside bamboo viscose and organic cotton. There's a good explanation of the process here

    But we get through so many plastic bottles - 10,000 a second - that there simply isn't the time or resources to recycle them all. Our supplier Tilnar Art made this video when they went to visit their producers in India.

    The plastic piles up and every time it rains microplastics are released into water courses, not to mention how unsightly and dangerous it is to have piles of rotting plastic everywhere.

    So Tom and the team at Tilnar Art decided to do something about it and their new H2O copper water bottles came into being.

    Tom says:

    On our visit to India last year to see our suppliers, we saw first-hand the devastating effects of plastic pollution seeing mountains of plastic waste that stretched over a mile. It was very upsetting and made us determined to do something about it by launching our H2O Collection of Re-usable Copper Water Bottles. We are passionate about helping to reduce plastic pollution.  For years we have tried to remove all plastic packaging from our products and ensure all our products are made from natural or recycled materials.

    To introduce the H2O Collection of re-usable Copper Water Bottles was a natural continuation of our desire to not only eliminate plastic in our products and packaging, but to actively reduce the amount of plastic, specifically plastic bottles used by consumers.  We are hoping that each Copper Water Bottle we sell will “help the environment one sip at a time” by reducing consumer’s use of single use plastic water bottles. Did you know that 10,000 Plastic Water Bottles are purchased every second that are not recycled?  We hope you can support us by stocking these fantastic copper water bottles. 

    Why choose a Re-usable Copper Water Bottle from our H2O Collection:

    Help reduce Plastic Pollution - 10,000 Plastic Water Bottles are purchased every second that are not recycled. By using our Copper Water Bottles you will be “helping the environment one sip at a time” by reducing the use of single use plastic water bottles.

    Ocean Friendly - The Copper Water Bottles are not only sustainably sourced, but are recyclable and plastic free, coming in a beautiful recycled paper gift box.

    Hand Finished & Fair Trade - Our re-usable Copper Water Bottles are hand finished by our Fair Trade Artisans in India in beautiful patterns that are designed in Great Britain.

    Health Benefits - Copper drinking vessels are believed to have a number of health benefits including helping to remove bacteria from drinking water, helping arthritis and many more. Copper drinking vessels have been used for centuries and their health benefits are only now starting to be appreciated by health care professionals.

    Indeed recent studies have shown how the natural anti-bacterial properties of copper may help reduce the spread of viruses with Covid-19 only lasting around 4 hours on copper surfaces whereas it can last up to 3 days on plastic. The copper bottoms of the bottles alone will help reduce the spread of viruses from surface to surface making our H2O Collection of Copper Water Bottles not only the environmental choice but the healthy one too.