the plastic problem

the plastic problem

It’s time to talk about plastic

According to the World Economic Forum ‘there will be more plastic than fish in terms of weight in the world’s oceans by 2050’ Plastic pollution in oceans causes at least one million seabirds and one hundred thousand marine mammals to die each year, as well as carrying invasive species that threaten native ecosystems. Ocean plastic also absorbs toxic chemicals that then enter the food chain and are linked with health problems in humans including cancer, malformation and infertility.

The charity Plastic Oceans estimates that by 2050, the amount of plastics produced globally will increase three times to 1,124 million tons.

The UK alone uses over 5 million tonnes of plastics each year, of which just 24% is currently being recycled. This figure needs to increase, particularly as nearly all types of plastic can now be recycled but often aren’t due to logistical and economic reasons.

what are the solutions

As with every issue in today’s world, it all comes down to Economics. The World Economic Forum said ‘the only way to avoid a disaster is to massively improve the economics and uptake of recycling. That means giving people incentives to collect plastic garbage and recycle, use reusable packaging, and encourage countries to drastically improve their waste collection infrastructure, to avoid plastic garbage leaking into the nature.

The Natural Resources Defence Council of the US agrees that we need to tackle this issue on both individual and industrial levels, saying that ‘the most effective way to stop plastic pollution in our oceans is to make sure it never reaches the water in the first place. We all need to do our fair share to stop plastic pollution: individuals need to recycle and never litter, but producers of single use plastic packaging need to do more too. We need producers to design packaging so that it is fully recyclable, and so there is less waste. We also need producers to help cover the costs of keeping their products out of the ocean.’

so what can you do now to help

Dispense with single-use plastic bottles and cups! Whilst the quantities of plastic being released into our oceans and the harm being done to us and our environment can be concepts too huge to get your head around, a manageable and practical place to start looking at helping to reduce the plastic burden on our oceans is one’s own consumption of the stuff. Get your freshly purified water from a BIBO rather than buying plastic-bottled mineral water.

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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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‘widespread’ lead contamination of domestic unfiltered tap water found

‘widespread’ lead contamination of domestic unfiltered tap water found

Some Australians could be getting a dangerous level of lead contamination from their un-filtered tap water, a study has found. Researchers from Macquarie University have detected copper and lead contaminants in domestic water samples across NSW.

The results of their study were published in Environmental Research.

In some cases the levels exceed what’s listed as acceptable in the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines set by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Lead is well known for its harmful effects on the human body, and according to the NHMRC, infants, children, and pregnant women are at the greatest risk.

Drinking water with high levels of lead can lead to its accumulation in the body, posing particular risks to children’s brain development – even when there are no obvious signs of poisoning. Copper contamination is a less severe problem, but prolonged exposure can lead to liver damage.

Using volunteers the researchers gathered domestic water samples collected after water sat in domestic taps for a nine-hour “stagnation period.” This is usually when you run the tap first thing in the morning to fill the kettle. The team tested 212 such “first draw” samples, and found copper in nearly all of them, while lead was present in 56 per cent of the households tested.

“My results show that there is quite a significant concentration of lead and copper in the drinking water that is coming out of people’s kitchen taps into their morning cup of tea, or baby formula,” says lead author of the study, PhD researcher Paul Harvey.

unfiltered water health concern

According to health guidelines, drinking water should contain no more than 10 micrograms of lead per litre – but 8% of the lead samples contained higher levels that that.

The researchers believe their results could be extrapolated to the population of the whole country, making it a considerable health concern.

“Eight per cent may not sound like a big number, but if it is eight per cent of the Australian population, we’re talking about a lot of people,” says Harvey. Study co-author Professor Mark Taylor said the main cause of the problem was the water tap rather than the water supply. “Domestic water may be accidentally contaminated through lead use in brass fittings,” he said.

Professor Taylor said it can be difficult to discern whether the plumbing in your house might be contaminating your water, so researchers are advising consumers to be cautious – especially if the family has young children.

avoid risks with a reliable water filter system

The researchers are advising worried consumers to get in touch with their water supplier or the local council to see whether water testing at the household level is available. If lead is confirmed to be a problem, changing taps to lead-free ones could be a necessary step – but that may be costly.

“To mitigate the risks, perhaps you might buy a filter that is efficient at removing heavy metals, for example,” suggests Harvey.

A BIBO water bar offers the ideal solution. BIBO is the latest technology in water filtration and purification – a water filter system you can trust. BIBO removes all the nasties from your tap water. It’s advanced multi-stage carbon filter is highly effective in removing contaminants from your tap water including:

  • Sediments, tastes, odours, and organic matter
  • Chlorine, lead, copper, and other chemicals and inorganic substances
  • Protozoan cysts such as giardia and cryptosporidium

All the essential minerals like magnesium, calcium, and potassium are left behind in your water. And the powerful UV lamp purification system destroys bacteria and viruses that may be present in your water.

Water from your BIBO is crystal clear, refreshing, healthy, and tastes great.

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