We are committed to reducing the amount of plastic bottles in the world.
1 million bottles every minute….
The plastic bottles for water is the the biggest source of plastic waste. A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and this will increase by some 20% by 2021. Only 10-20% is recycled and the rest ends up in landfills or in our oceans. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the same size as India, and is growing.
As of 2018, about 380 million tonnes of plastic is produced worldwide each year. From the 1950s up to 2018, an estimated 6.3 billion tonnes has been produced worldwide, of which an estimated 9% has been recycled and another 12% has been incinerated. All of this, except what has been incinerated, is still here—it takes 500-1000 years to degrade—and you now find plastic everywhere. In your drinking water and your dinner.
These numbers are not new. The bottled water industry is growing, especially in markets where income grows as well. We all buy bottled water—it is the go to solution in most markets if you do not trust the tap water as a tourist, on the road, in the office or simply want clean water for your family. If you can afford it.
Bottled water is here to stay, but something needs to be done. WaterStillar is one solution: with our system you can almost eliminate the carbon foot print of your drinking water and avoid plastic bottles.
Microplastic. 83% and 325 particles
83% of the world’s tap water has microplastics inside. Is bottled water better? Well, according to this study, there is an average of 325 particles in every liter of bottled water. Another study shows that plastic is everywhere—tap water, beer and sea salt. Microplastics can be found just about everywhere in the food chain – even in places where it is not expected.
“Primary micro plastic” are small pieces of plastic that are purposefully manufactured. It can be found in facial cleansers, tooth paste, cosmetics, air blasting technology, medicine as vectors for drugs, exfoliating hand cleansers, facial scrubs, plastic paint …. the list is endless.
“Secondary micro plastic” are small pieces of plastic derived from the breakdown of larger plastic debris, both at sea and on land. Over time, a culmination of physical, biological and chemical processes can reduce the structural integrity of plastic debris, resulting in fragmentation. This is how the plastic in the oceans ends up in fish, shell fish and micro organism.
Plastic and health
The below overview is copied from EarthDay.org’s Fact Sheet on the plastic threat to human health. Much more information is available, but this short list should be indicative enough to show the negative impacts of plastic chemicals:
- A National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey produced by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that BPA was found in 93% of urine samples taken from people above the age of six.
- Bisphenol A (BPA), used to make billions of plastic beverage containers, dinnerware, protective linings of food cans and toys, is considered an endocrine disruptor, meaning it can both decrease or increase endocrine activity in humans and cause adverse health effects.
- Based on the weight of existing evidence, it is likely that elevated urinary BPA levels are associated with prostate cancer in humans and may be an independent diagnostic marker in prostate cancer patients.
- Some animal studies have indicated adverse effects of BPA on newborns and fetuses.
- Breast milk of most women in the developed world contains dozens of compounds including BPA that have been linked to negative health effects.
- Growing literature links many Phthalates, which are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break, with a variety of adverse outcomes including weight gain and insulin resistance, decreased levels of sex hormones, and other consequences for the human reproductive system both for females and males.
- When food is wrapped in plastic containing BPA, phthalates may leak into the food. Any migration is likely to be greater when in contact with fatty foods such as meats and cheeses than with other foods.
- In general, it is not recommended to heat food in plastic containers with the codes 3 and 7. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service advises Americans not to reuse margarine tubs, take-out containers, whipped topping bowls, and other one-time use containers, which are more likely to melt and cause chemicals to leach into food.
- The label BPA-free in a container of bottle doesn’t mean a product is free from other harmful chemical compounds that are slightly different but have a different name.
A bottle for a lifetime
Since glass is inert to chemical migration, we recommend that you use a glass bottle for your WaterStillar drinking water. We have some nice and well designed bottles, but any glass bottle will do. Make sure to clean your bottle very often, so that bacteria will not occur and you can enjoy the clean water. And save nature from another plastic bottle. If you take care of it, it will last you a lifetime.