Water was the most obvious place for me to start with cutting out plastic. Luckily in London drinking tap water is okay. I did add a charcoal filter, which I now use for our tap water. The one I got was a binchotan charcoal, active carbon made out of tree branches. It is renowned for its ability to soften water, add good minerals and absorb unwanted tastes and odours, such as chlorine. Although it looks odd in the jug, it did make the water taste softer, perhaps a bit sweeter. It lasts for 6 months and can be put in compost after. It cost approx £7 from Daylesford.
However, the struggle came on two points. One of them which has been resolved and second one, I’m still working on.
Sparkling water, I absolutely love it. I often used to have a bottle of Sanpellegrino at the office and it mostly came in plastic bottles. Same at home, buying glass bottles of sparkling water was more expensive and also much more heavy to carry. So in the end we went for quite a big investment, and purchased Soda Stream at home. It makes fizzy water and you can even choose the level of ‘fizz’ you want in the water. The gas cylinders are exchangeable and once we run out, we’ll only have to pay for the gas. Cost wise, we are probably still down, as sparkling water in bottles is very cheap. However, considering we got it at the beginning of the year and we used to buy around 2 large bottles of sparkling water each week, we have saved around 40 plastic bottles. Me thinks that in the long run it’s definitely worth it.
Drinking water when travelling is the challenge #2. One thing is being offered water in plastic cups on the plane. The other is being in countries, where drinking tap water may not be safe. I recently travelled to couple of African countries and being pregnant, I didn’t want to take any risks. In some places, filtered water was available in large canisters. However, when there was none available, I did drink water from plastic bottles. I’ve become quite religious with carrying my reusable coffee cup with me, so often I use it for drinking water, also on the plane and it hasn’t been a problem. Nevertheless, the next step for me is to find a good water purifier to fit this new lifestyle. However, that made me wonder whether the actual water bottle may have any different future at sight?