We drink tap water abroad and live to tell the tale. So far we have drunk tap water from Bali, Cambodia and India, with not one single complaint. In the past, this sounds like a recipe for disaster. Envisioning a holiday spent cradling the toilet rather than out exploring. Well, thanks to Water-To-Go, we can all safely and conveniently stay hydrated anywhere in the world.
It is quite incredible. W2G has engineered a small portable water filter that removes over 99.9% of all microbiological contaminants including microplastics. This little bottle has journeyed with us everywhere, as you can see from our video filmed in Cambodia.
We are all starting to realise that plastic is not so fantastic. Thanks to modern worldwide media sharing, exhibiting the reality of our reliance on short-term conveniences. We see photos and videos of overflowing landfills, plastic waste cluttering coastlines and floating in our oceans on a daily basis. It is pretty repulsive, I am sure we can all agree. Out of sight is definitely not out of mind anymore.
Josh and I are committed to living sustainable lifestyles and being eco-friendly travellers. When planning our trip, we wanted to find an alternative to buying multiple “disposable” bottles of water. I don’t buy bottled water in the UK, so I was pretty adamant I didn’t want to do it in places with less sophisticated or no recycling structures in place.
We wanted to enjoy our travels knowing we had tried our best to leave a small waste trail behind us, and our W2G bottle has been a big part of that. It has saved us from raking up a huge number of waste plastic bottles to our name and I am proud of that.
Some Plastic Bottle Facts
Bottled water is the world’s best-selling drink. In the UK alone, we glugged 2.4 billion litres of the stuff in 2015, which rose to 2.8 billion in 2016 – quite an alarming upward trend. Worldwide that number goes up to over 70 billion per year. It is clear we have a reliance on buying bottled water instead of drinking from the tap. Which is crazy. Staying hydrated is important, but achieving our hydration goals at the cost of the planet is not something we are willing to support.
Many countries burn their waste as they lack alternative solutions. Unless it has been incinerated every piece of plastic ever made still exists. We know this because plastic takes over 500 years to degrade, slowly breaking down into smaller pieces of plastic. Eventually turning into microplastics that find their way into our food chain.
It requires large amounts of water to produce single-use plastic. In fact, for every 1 litre of bottled water produced, 3 litres have been used to make the bottle and ship it to you. In a world with limited resources, this is very important to think about.
Bottled water brands have poured millions of pounds into convincing us that their water is the healthiest drinking option. I will say they have done a pretty good job too. Yet recent research has revealed that bottled water is subject to far less stringent safety tests than tap water. So lets myth bust the giant corporations and stay hydrated in a more responsible manner, because we are so lucky to have safe drinking water in the UK.
Drinking Water Overseas
Normally this rule goes out of the window the second we set foot on foreign soil. We are very pleased this is not the case anymore. W2G’s mission is to protect. By providing safe, healthy water anywhere in the world. Not only is it more convenient for us, but it also helps to protect our planet by offering an environmentally friendly, reusable alternative to single-use plastic bottles.
If we were to calculate the amount of money we would have spent on bottled water over the last two months it would have far surpassed the amount we paid for the bottle and three replacement filters. I don’t even want to think about the number of water bottles we would have drunk through. Probably hundreds.
This clever little bottle has a 3 in 1 filter technology enabling us to drink safely from any non-salt water source. Amazing. It has been a must-have travel companion for us. I highly recommend it to anyone travelling long or short term. We also carry a large copper bottle. We refill this whenever we find safe drinking water, like at airport drinking fountains. However, finding safe drinking water can be a challenge in some parts of the world. So we also fill it up with local water and top up our W2G when out and about.
The bottle and the filter casing is all 100% recyclable. When it’s time to change your filter you can break the plastic away from the membrane (by stepping on it or cutting it) and recycle it. We have saved our used filter to recycle when we find a place.
It is really great to see plastic all over the news right now, many places are trying to phase out unnecessary single-use products altogether. There is no time like the present to act. A habit changed today leads to a better tomorrow. Let’s prove we can prevent the horrid statistic from coming true, that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
Let’s keep our oceans clean so we still have gorgeous places to travel to in the future.
Do you want to help reduce plastic waste on your travels and preserve natural resources by using a Water-to-Go reusable bottle and filter? Use our discount code INTOTHEECO today to get 15% off your order and keep hydrated all around the world.
We are by no means perfect, but we are trying our best, and that is the most important thing!
A special thanks goes out to our friend Vicky over at Earth Changers, an eco-travel website and all around wealth of knowledge for being the first person to bring these bottles to our attention. Go check out her great work and plan your next adventure.
Love, Lottie xx
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