the shocking health reason why you should ditch plastic water bottles NOW!

the shocking health reason why you should ditch plastic water bottles NOW!

We all know they’re catastrophic for the environment, but what are microplastics from plastic bottles doing to our bodies?

Humans buy more than one million plastic bottles every single minute. And fewer than 10 per cent are recycled into new bottles. The environmental crisis they are causing could have a bigger effect on our lives than climate change, according to campaigners. But plastic isn’t just clogging rivers and landfill sites, it’s entering our bodies as microplastic.

dangers of microplastics

A new Australian study by the University of Newcastle has found that, on average, humans ingest five grams of microplastic every week – the equivalent weight of a credit card. The foods with worryingly high levels of microplastics include shellfish, salt and even beer. And people who drink mainly bottled water consume an incredible 90,000 particles of plastic a year more than those who drink tap water. That’s nearly 250 microplastic particles a day!

Some shards are small enough to enter human tissue where it’s feared they could trigger immune reactions or release toxic substances. Urgent research is being conducted to look at the long-term health effects.

If you’re wondering how on earth this can happen when we don’t actually munch our way through plastic wrap and sandwich bags, it’s because of a chemical known as a plasticiser that makes plastic bendy and pliable. Over time it leaches out – that’s why, if you use the same plastic bottle multiple times, it becomes brittle and cracks.

microplastic fertility worries

Microplastics could also partly explain why male sperm counts have reduced by 1.8 per cent a year since 1973, according to Dr Orly Lacham-Kaplan, a reproductive biologist at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney. She’s convinced one of the prime reasons behind the decreasing fertility of Aussie men is hormone-disrupting plastics in the environment.

Her concerns are backed by a UK study last year that discovered more than 80 per cent of teenagers’ bodies contained traces of a plastics’ chemical linked to male impotence and reduced sperm quality. Bisphenol A is found in water bottles, drink cans and even baby bottles, and is already banned in Canada. It’s also been linked to breast cancer, heart disease and obesity.

BIBO and Plastic Free July

Drastically reducing the amount of plastic we use is more important than ever. That’s why BIBO is supporting Plastic Free July, an Australian initiative to challenge all of us to refuse single-use plastics. Last year alone, 120 million people took part in 177 countries.

6 tips to make the most of Plastic Free July with BIBO

1. If you’re ordering takeaway, use your own plastic containers from home.
2. Say no to plastic straws.
3. Carry metal cutlery with you so you don’t have to use plastic.
4. Buy a reusable coffee cup – some cafés will give you a discount.
5. Buy bread straight from a bakery in a paper bag.
6. Keep your reusable shopping bags near the front door so you don’t forget them.
7. Try making your own yogurt and ricotta cheese – it’s easier than you think.

buy one BIBO glass water bottle, get one FREE!

To celebrate Plastic Free July, BIBO is offering a FREE BIBO glass water bottle worth $29.70 to anyone who purchases another. The stylish BIBO glass bottles come in eight gorgeous colours and are the perfect way to stay healthy and hydrated all day long with pure, delicious chilled water from your BIBO water bar. And the best bit? You’ll be doing as much good for the environment as you are for your body!

how to claim your free BIBO glass water bottle

To get your hands on a FREE BIBO glass water bottle, and say goodbye to microplastics, simply add the code: PLASTICFREE at the time of checkout.

Even making small changes can help to reduce the 100 million tons of plastic waste produced each year. And ditching plastic water bottles in favour of a BIBO Water Bar and BIBO water bottles – not just for July – is an easy first step to not only help the planet, but your family’s health.

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City2Surf fun run can be thirsty work: hydration is key

City2Surf fun run can be thirsty work: hydration is key

Sunday Herald City2Surf 2016

The countdown is on to the world famous City2Surf – and thousands of professional athletes and weekend warriors are now in training for the world’s largest fun run. This year marks the 47th running of the event – with more than 60,000 expected to line up next Sunday, August 13.

The City2Surf from the Sydney CBD to Bondi has become one of the most loved and largest community events in the world.

It’s now widely recognised as a ‘bucket-list’ item for serious runners and adventure lovers globally. But don’t be fooled – the 14km course can be gruelling – especially in the heat. You must ensure you have sufficiently trained for the event or have allowed enough lead up time to prepare for the event and organisers warn that heat stress and exhaustion are common when competing on a hot day. They advise all entrants to be well hydrated before and during the race.

Dehydration can cause muscle cramps – often your body’s way of telling you need more water. Your body loses fluids when you work or exercise in the heat, and that can make you more likely to cramp. This may be partly because your muscles need water, but it’s also because you sweat out important minerals called electrolytes – sodium, potassium, and calcium – that help the cells in your muscles work the way they should.

What better way to stay hydrated than with a BIBO Water Bar? With a BIBO Water Bar you can fill your sports bottle with an endless supply of chilled filtered water. This cool, compact benchtop dispenser filters and purifies your tap water providing pristine chilled and boiling water at the touch of a button. BIBO uses the latest technology in multistage carbon filtration to remove tastes, odours, heavy metals, chlorine, microorganisms, and other nasties from tap water leaving the good minerals behind. It’s unique ultraviolet lamp system ensures water stays pure and fresh all the way to your sports bottle.

You can have peace of mind that the water you’re drinking is crystal clear and healthy – the perfect combination for a gruelling half-marathon! And just think of the money you’ll save on high-priced plastic bottled water, while helping to save the environment from plastic pollution.

Learn more about the City2Surf at www.city2surf.com.au – entries close soon so get involved, have fun and raise funds for a great cause!

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the high cost of drinking bottled water

the high cost of drinking bottled water

Can you believe it? The average Australian spends up to $2800 a year on bottled water.

A study by Choice, Australia’s leading consumer advocacy group, found that if you drink two litres a day from the tap, you’ll pay about $1.50 a year. Drink the same amount from single-serve bottles, however, and you could be looking at more than $2800 a year.

Not many of us drink three bottles of water a day, but even if you consume just one 600ml bottle of water a day your annual outlay would be $1278 (if you’re paying an average $3.50 a bottle).

Quick, I need a drink! Even milk and soft drink would be a cheaper option. Alternatively, you could order this “liquid gold” in bulk to try to stop the money flow.

But the cost of having a bottled water cooler (at an average rental of $150 a year) with four 15L bottles delivered each month (at $13.50 per bottle) would still set you back about $800 a year. And by choosing either of these options you are adding to the global problem of plastic pollution in our lands, rivers, coasts, beaches and oceans.

healthy home water filtration system

There must be a better solution – and there is! Why not ditch the plastic bottles and install a cost effective and healthy home water filtration system? The BIBO water bar is an ideal solution.

A BIBO water bar is an innovative, stylish and cool new addition to any kitchen or office. BIBO provides instant filtered and purified water – at the perfect temperature – chilled, ambient and boiling – at the touch of a button.

With BIBO you can say Bye Bye to bottled water – and you won’t need your kettle or filter jug either.

It’s environmentally friendly and energy efficient – and it delivers healthy, pure water 24/7. Best of all, with BIBO Water you can say Bye Bye to that exorbitant bottled water bill every year.

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say no to bottled water with a water filtration system

say no to bottled water with a water filtration system

There is no evidence that bottled water is more “pure” than tap water, but there is plenty of evidence to suggest that bottled water is costly – both to the hip pocket and to the environment.

Clean Up Australia says that plastic bottles are among the 10 most common rubbish items picked up on Clean Up Australia Day.

The best thing Australians can do to help protect the environment is to avoid bottled water, they say.

And here are the reasons why:

extraction:

Spring water is extracted from underground aquifers upstream from where the water surfaces. This disrupts aquifer flow, affecting flora and fauna.

transportation:

Transportation of bottled water around the world requires burning of fossil fuels.

landfill and the litter stream:

Although plastic bottles are recyclable, many end up in landfill and take up to 1000 years to break down. When littered they often end up in the sea where they break up in small pieces, killing marine life that mistake them for food.

And US-based policy research organisation, The Pacific Institute, estimates twice as much water is used in producing the plastic bottle as there is in the bottle itself. This means every litre consumed actually represents three litres of water.

Australian tap water is world standard drinking water so it is the safe, cheap and sustainable option. Clean Up Australia suggests you should install a tap filter if you are concerned about the taste or quality of your local tap water.

A home water filtration system or an office water dispenser is the ideal choice.

It’s environmentally friendly and energy efficient – and it delivers healthy, pure water 24/7 and at the touch of a button.

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