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Do you know the impact of plastic water bottles?

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Every consumer plays a part in reducing plastic waste – and one way to start is with eSpring™.

When you walk into a supermarket and purchase a plastic water bottle, this might seem like a convenient or even healthy choice for consuming fresh water. However, what you probably don’t consider is the amount of greenhouse gases that were emitted in the production and transport of this bottle, any potential microplastics present in it, or the detrimental impact of this plastic waste on the environment. Reducing your plastic consumption by switching to a water filtration system can provide long-term benefits for the environment.

The impact of plastic on the environment

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), around a dump-truck load of plastic goes into our oceans every minute.1 This results in millions of animal deaths per year, as a result of the ingestion of plastic, or entanglement in plastic. Furthermore, the production of plastic and its transportation between factories, stores and recycling plants releases a lot of greenhouse gases into the air, making the CO2 footprint of plastic bottles much more significant.

Another important factor when it comes to plastic bottles is the potential presence of microplastics, or small plastic particles. A study published in 2018 in Frontiers in Chemistry found that 93% of samples from 259 bottled waters sold in several countries contained microplastic synthetic polymer particles.2 The World Health Organization reported that microplastics are found in both bottled and tap water and as a result also end up in marine water and animals, food, air, and wastewater. While there is no clear evidence that microplastics are harmful to humans, certain animals have been found to be negatively affected by them. Experiments have shown that microplastics block aquatic animals’ digestive tracts, reduce their urge to eat and alter their feeding behaviour, which can cause them to starve and die.3

eSpring can help

While recycling can help to mitigate some of the negative impacts of plastic water bottles, a significant reduction in waste requires fundamental changes to consumer habits. As soon as you start using the eSpring™ Water Treatment System in your home, you will contribute to helping the climate, animals and ecosystems both on land and in oceans – instantly! There are loads of benefits to eSpring.

Quiz time!

Put your knowledge to the test with our quiz about plastic waste. It will offer you some great fun facts to share with your friends and family as well. Good luck!

Without revealing the quiz answers, one eSpring cartridge replaces a huge number of plastic water bottles. Combined with great taste and colour and a reduction in 99.99% of waterborne disease-causing bacteria and viruses , eSpring is an easy way to become more sustainable, while simultaneously enhancing quality and convenience. So next time you go to the store to pick up a plastic water bottle – think about the effects it will have on the environment. Consider whether you or the people in your life would like to make a more sustainable, long-term choice that benefits your families’ health, the environment and your favourite marine animals.

1 WWF, Plastic in the ocean, 2019 article
2 Frontiers in Chemistry, Synthetic Polymer Contamination in Bottled Water, 2018 research article
3 WHO, Microplastics in drinking-water, 2019 article

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