Bottled water has become incredibly popular in many countries and somewhat strangely a fashionable accessory. It's appearance of convenience costs us on average $2.50-$4 for a 600mL bottle which is pretty expensive when in most Western countries we have clean drinking water freely available from our own taps. But the biggest loser in our bottled water obsession is the environment.
Water and drink bottles place a huge strain on our environment in their production and disposal. Did you know it can take one plastic bottle up to 1000 years to fully break down! In the meantime they end up in landfill or in our waterways where they can break down in small pieces and are often consumed by marine life. Bottled water is generally packaged in polyethylene terephthalate or PET which is derived from a crude oil. Ironically it can take up to 3L of water to produce a 1L bottle of water! The burning of fossil fuels also occurs in production and transportation. For those concerned about taste and quality there is a wide range of filtration devices available that'll cost you a fraction of the price of purchasing bottled water in the long run.
Recycling is an important factor in waste reduction and there is a multitude of ways used plastic can be repurposed. In fact our own swimsuit range is 98% made from recycled PET bottles! With new technology recycled plastic bottles can be refined into soft but strong polyester thread that is then woven into fabric. Traditionally swimsuits are made with forms of plastic fibres such as nylon, polyester and spandex. This recycling process creates a lightweight fabric which has the same quick-dry and durability qualities that you look for in swimwear.
With plenty of free water and refillable bottle options available we can reduce a big pollution problem by saying no to buying plastic bottles and saying yes to products made from recycled materials!