Ever since Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II aired scenes of albatross parents unwittingly feeding their chicks plastic last year, plenty of us have been mulling over ways to help clean up the oceans and reduce our plastic footprint.
The see-through stuff seems pretty inescapable these days, but if you’re a regular gym-goer, there’s one simple thing you can do to reduce your impact on the environment while you make gains on your six-pack, and that’s invest in a reusable water bottle.
Currently, it’s estimated that the average UK household gets through around 480 plastic bottles a year but only recycles 270 of them. And of the 30 billion plastic bottles used in the UK each year, just 57% are getting recycled, with the average bottle taking at least 450 years to biodegrade in a regular landfill.
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Thankfully, there a
re loads of reusable water bottle options that can do everything from insulate your drink to infuse it with added flavour. Today’s drinks vessels have also become a style statement in their own right, and there’s a bottle to suit every type of gym-goer, from attention-grabbing rose gold numbers, to uber-minimal stainless steel versions.
If you’re guilty of tossing a single-use bottle in the bin every time you leave the gym, it’s high time to make the switch (you’ll be saving yourself money in the long run, too). Our edit of the best available right now are lightweight, affordable, and all free from BPA – an industrial chemical commonly found in plastic that some experts believe is bad for health.
Here are six of the best eco-smart suggestions to get you started…
1. Chilly’s Rose Gold Bottle, 500ml, £25, chillysbottles.com
This metallic bottle keeps water ice-cold for up to 24 hours, and hot coffee drinkable for 12 hours – perfect for workouts and those winter commutes to come.
2. Buntu Rose Quartz, 400ml, £27, lovebuntu.com
Make your yoga practice prettier with a pastel pink water holder. This one is double-walled for maximum insulation.
3. Klean Kanteen Insulated Classic, 592ml, £27.95, kleankanteen.co.uk
Sick of having your hands full? This colourful bottle has a handy loop on the lid so you can fasten it onto your backpack.
4. Lakeland Infuser Bottle, 500ml , £5.99, lakeland.co.uk
Make your H2o less boring with an infuser bottle that can be packed with tasty strawberries, cucumber and mint.
5. Red Original Insulated Drinks Bottle, 750ml, £25, redoriginal.com
With no chance of leaking or spilling, this large stainless steel bottle holds 750ml of water (or any hot drink, which it will keep hot all day) – equivalent to a bottle of wine.
6. Bobble Water Bottle with Carry Cap, 550ml, £9.99, Currys.co.uk
This bottle filters your water as you drink, so you can improve the taste of water from your tap with every sip.