Here we are, heading into month 6 of our year-long pledge to live lighter. Last month was #plasticfreejuly… that was a pretty confronting month as we committed to removing all things single-use-plastic from our shopping lists. Im not surprised people fall off the plastic-free wagon…it requires organisation, research, lots of home-cooking and a daily commitment to make this a conscious lifestyle choice. But it was an incredible challenge for truly experiencing the extent that plastic has infiltrated our convenience-laden lives.
I'm still integrating a lot from last month, and am committing to adopting #plasticfreeforever to the best of our abilities! So, next up? Water bottles. If you’re still buying water or soft drinks in plastic bottles, here’s some stats. “A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute… or, put another way… more than 480 billion bottles were sold in 2016”....”End to end they would extend more than half way to the sun”. 😱“And of those sold in 2016, fewer than half were collected for recycling”* In addition “it takes at least twice as much water to produce a plastic water bottle as the amount of water contained in the bottle”**. 🤦♀️
I’ve been using a refillable water bottle at home for many years now. This month however, we are heading off on travels overseas for a few weeks and I know that travelling and getting good quality, clean water on the road can be tricky. Up until now I have often bought bottles of filtered water if the only other option was dubious tap water.
So, in a bid to refrain from buying another single-use-plastic bottle ever again....and after doing some research, for this trip I will be experimenting with charcoal filters. Using my existing, beaten up stainless steel water bottle and placing charcoal filters inside which are said to remove chlorine, some metals and alkalise the water (takes up to 5 hours), it should last around 3 months and afterwards can be composted. This I found to be the cheapest option with the least amount of waste. This is only an option for travelling through countries where the tap water is already safe to drink. This is not a suitable option for removing bacteria & viruses from contaminated water supplies. It does appear however that there are a few options to buy suitable water filter systems and travel filter bottles that purify & filter contaminated water and eliminate the need to buy single-use-plastic bottles. When its time for our next Bali or India trip, I’ll be checking these options out.
So, here’s hoping that our charcoal filtered water, together with our reusable cups will provide us plenty of options for staying hydrated on our travels ahead! Follow along on our travels throughout August & Sept in our Instagram stories 🙏🏼🌏💚
Source *The Guardian **www.watercalculator.org