Whilst visiting Prince Charles ‘A Garden Party to Make a Difference’ a little while ago, I came across a fantastic product which could help put an end to the mass consumption of plastic water bottles in the UK– Aquatina.
Aquatina, is a new, sustainable, reusable water bottle, but unlike all of the other water bottles on the market, Aquatina has been cleverly designed to collapse when not in use, making it even more convenient to carry around with you.
Made from Low-density polyethylene (LDPE), which is a food-safe plastic and is BPA and PET free, it expands to hold 500ml of water and is light and portable.
With the average person in the Europe buying 85 bottles of mineral water a year, at a cost of over £100 and with 5,000 bottles being thrown away per second worldwide -150 billion bottles a year, the Aquatina pocket bottle has been devised to provide an environmentally-friendly and economical alternative to bottled water. Just refill from a tap or fountain and you’ll always have fresh water at hand – and it’s free!
To improve access to drinking water and to protect the environment from waste bottles and cups, the guys at Aquatina have also launched a not-for-profit campaign called ‘Find-a-Fountain’. The aim of the campaign is to increase the consumption of tap water by facilitating the installation, restoration and maintenance of public drinking fountains and encouraging shops, pubs, banks to provide drinking water. FaF have already begun to map places in London where free drinking water can be obtained, the locations and photos of which can be viewed at the proto website www.findafountain.org.
Despite the negative reaction Aquatina received on Dragon’s Den earlier this year, Aquatina’s popularity continues to grow.
I’m a fan too, anything which can help us reduce unnecessary waste should be applauded and Aquatina does just this. I always use reusable bottles in my household, but have grown increasingly concerned that even metal water bottles can be lined with BPA, and Aquatina bottles do not contain any of these nasties. The convenience of the collapsible bottle also means I can carry my bottle around with me wherever I go, I ‘pop it out’ when I need refreshment, when I’m done, I squidge it flat and pop it back in my pocket.
My children also love it and it’s great to hear that Aquatina are currently working on a new lid for the bottle, this time with a nozzle, which will be particularly popular with children and sports people, this will be launched in Spring 2011.
So there you have it, Aquatina, an inventive, fresh take on free water on the go. Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear your comments.