7 reusable bottles to help cut down on ugly plastic
Single-use plastic is the latest environmental no-go, trumping even suncream that kills coral and microbeads. And, with a million plastic bottles being bought around the world every minute, it’s for good reason.
Though most are made from polyethylene terephthalate (aka Pet), which is recyclable, only 7% of the bottles bought in 2016 were turned into new ones, meaning the vast majority still end up in landfill or the sea. If it continues, it’s thought that by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish.
Not only is it bad for the planet, it’s bad for us. A 2018 study showed 93% of bottled water contains micro-plastics and, with bans on bottles at festivals and sporting events, it’s cheaper and far more convenient to carry your own.
That’s why it’s all about stuff that doesn’t require plastic. Or, at the very least, doesn’t require plastic you use once. And with the surge in eco-interest, often attributed to millennials as well as increased environmental concern, has come a whole market of genuinely cool reusable bottles.
We’ve rounded up the best…
Upsides: It keeps the contents hot or cold for a crazy long time and in a jazzy range of colours. Win, win.
Downsides: Not many at all as, though isn't cheap, it can be justified by the lifetime guarantee.
Upsides: The company is completely carbon neutral and have planted a forest to offset all elements of the raw materials and production process
Downsides: You can't really beat the carbon neutral thing, so we're going to say no
Upsides: The characteristic powder coating which stops it slipping or sweating
Downsides: They're a similar shape to a few other bottle brands, unlike something like bkr, but it does have some particularly jazzy designs (see: avocado)