Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Bottled Water

Did you know that Australian's spend over half a billion dollars on bottled water each year, even though we have some of the safest and purest tap water in the world? Even worse than the amount we are spending on bottled water is the environmental impact the production and disposal of the plastic water bottles has.

Most of us are now aware about our impact on the environment and are trying to do our bit to minimise our carbon footprint. We try and drive less, we turn off lights, and use timers in the shower; however, we happily chug away on our plastic bottles of water. British research has found that drinking one bottle of water has the same environmental impact as driving a car for one kilometre. Nearly 200ml of oil is used in the production, transport and storage of each litre of bottled water. And the majority of the bottles are not recycled, but end up in landfill.

So what can we do? Firstly, stop using bottled water! Invest in reusable bottles to tote around with you. I have a wonderful Sigg bottle that I carry everywhere with me. If you don't like the taste of your tap water, get a water filter or add some natural flavourings to your water. See this post for some great ideas. You can pick from filter jugs that sit in your fridge (the cheapest option) to top of the range units that filter and chill your water for you at the sink. Secondly, for those times where you have purchased bottled water, make sure you recycle the bottle.

Baby's Got Style have a special offer at the moment: Buy 2 Alex & Charli 400ml non spill-reusable alloy bottles (similar to the Sigg bottle, but half the price) and receive a free Alex & Charli insulated bag and carry strap FREE. while stocks last

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