I don’t usually carry water around with me but since the heatwave and a recent cold I knew I needed a reusable water bottle. My Husband always carries water on him so I knew it would benefit both of us as well as improve our footprint and help the planet.
I did a bit of research and wanted to buy direct from an ethical company rather than a website that sells everything and is named after a South American river (you know the one!)
I decided to go with One Green Bottle. On their website they explain with the following –
“Onegreenbottle was started by a parent looking for a drinks bottle for her son to take to school each day. With a background as a research chemist and knowledge of the chemical composition of plastics, she identified 304 grade stainless steel as the most inert, safe and toxin free material around.
Huge amounts of plastic single use bottles are thrown into landfill or our oceans each year. Plastic takes 500yrs to decompose but does break down into plastic ‘nurdles’ which get into our food chain. We can all make a big difference by not buying single use plastic bottles. Each plastic bottle of water takes around 2 cups of oil to manufacture, it can leach harmful, toxic chemicals into your drink, it could have been in that bottle for up to 5 years and it could have travelled thousands of miles to get to your supermarket. We only recycle a fraction of disposed plastics. Stainless steel bottles are proven to be the healthiest choice of beverage container.
GOOD FOR LIFE
Good for all life. Better for our planet, best for your life and if you look after your bottle it will have a long life”
I decided to go with a 750ml bottle so I would be refilling it less frequently in this gorgeous gold colour.
I bought this 500ml green apple one for my Husband. I also love the tubes they are sent in and I will definitely be finding another use for them!
I would also recommend downloading the Refill App which will show places that you can refill your water bottle. Since I downloaded the app about a year ago the number of places that have offered free refilling has gone up loads! Pret, Costa and Starbucks will all refill your bottle for free. You can also collect points every time you refill to earn rewards that help with your plastic free journey.
Do you have any plastic free tips? Let me know in the comments below.
Zero Waste Club is an online plastic free grocery shop. It started off as a university project between two friends. I originally met the founders at Hackney Downs Vegan Market last year and have been a customer ever since.
In every order I always buy organic oats. I eat overnight oats almost everyday so need a steady supply.
I had also run out of onion powder and as I’m making quite a bit of baked tofu recently so stocked up. The spices come in 100g bags so should last a while.
The last items I ordered and the ones I was most excited about were the bamboo toothbrushes. I have been using bamboo toothbrushes for a while but have had to tie a hairband around mine so I could tell it apart from my Husband’s. These toothbrushes are colour coded and also you only need to replace the heads rather than the whole toothbrush which is even less wasteful than a biodegradable toothbrush. Also for every toothbrush you buy and post on instagram, Zero Waste Club will plant a tree. What’s not to like?
I will be buying pulses and more spices as and when I need them.
How are you doing with you plastic free journeys? What are your top tips? Let me know in the comments below.