Reducing Plastic Consumption One Bottle At A Time | Ecobuy
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Plastic bottles. We’ve all used them. Whether around the house or at parties, at the gym or at work. They are a standard product. They are particularly “useful” at gatherings. You can simply pick one up, drink as much as you want, then go back and grab another one (even though you didn’t finish the first).

But, as “useful” as they are, they are creating an almost insurmountable issue. According to the University of Woollongong, Australia uses over 373,000,000 plastic bottles per year. This is a problem for multiple reasons.

Plastic takes an enormous amount of time to decompose. Some 20 to 500 years according to Chariot Energy. Apparently, plastic water bottles are close to the top of the estimated decomposition table, tallying a ghastly 450 years. The reason for this is the chemical bonds that make up plastic.

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“Plastic’s carbon bonds aren’t the same as the chemical bonds found in nature, making it harder and more energy-intensive to break them down.” Chariot Energy

To add fuel to the fire, the chemicals found in plastic release harmful toxins into the environment. Besides the “ease of use” these plastic bottles provide, there aren’t any more upsides to the product.

Luckily, there are innovative businesses such as Sinclo that seek to solve the 373,000,000- bottle problem one bottle at a time. But before we get to their story, let’s take a deeper look at the issue as it pertains to Australia.

Sinclo reusable bottle

Australia’s History with the Plastic Bottle

373,000,000 is a large number. But it’s not surprising. At the rate which we consume these bottles, this number seems quite understandable. Here are the calculations:

373,000,000 (bottles) / 25,000,000 (people in Australia) = 15 per year

Not much, right? The question we are wanting to ask is why we choose to consume them in the first  place. Interestingly, the University of Woollongong discovered that “bottled water costs more per litre than petrol”. Furthermore, if you relied solely on bottled water for your daily intake of water, you’d pay approximately $3650 per year on these plastic fiends!

In the 2017-2018 Australian Plastics Recycling Survey, Kyle O’Farrell recorded Australia’s plastic consumption over the past 2 decades.

Not at all enticing from these statistics. For many of us, we may look at these and be appalled. We may even decide to change some of our consumer habits and rely on more sustainable solutions.

But, as we all have fallen prey to, there is the niggling thought in the back of our minds, “What impact can I really make by doing this?” This is where Sinclo comes into the picture.

Sinclo – Creating a Sustainable Solution For Every Beverage

Reducing Plastic Consumption One Bottle At A Time

Sam and Kate are the founders of Sinclo. Their ideas were birthed out of “a passion for natural health and trying to lead a sustainable lifestyle.” After using cheap plastic water bottles from the supermarket for approximately 2 years, Sam and Kate became aware of the long-time health and environmental effects of cheap plastic.

It was at this point that they decided to switch to a more sustainable solution. But as is often the case when consumers attempt to switch to sustainable, finding a solution that suited their needs was quite difficult.

“They (the bottles) were always either too small, not the material we wanted, not aesthetically pleasing or had lids that we hated.” – Sam & Kate

So, they decided to provide a solution for themselves. Thus, Sinclo was made.

Sinclo’s mission is to “create bottles for a multitude of beverages that look good, are efficient and easy to use.” And they have done just that! Currently they have two completely sustainably sourced water bottles that look fantastic and would suit the needs of both the average individual and the water bottle enthusiast.

The Sammy Bottle – SHOP NOW!

Reducing Plastic Consumption One Bottle At A Time sammy bottle

The Sammy Bottle is a 1.15L water bottle that is made from stainless steel. It is double walled to ensure quality insulation and can keep your beverage cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours.

Another element that this good-looking Sammy Bottle boasts is it fits into most car cup holders. No more large water bottles rolling around on the floor of the car as your drive to work.

We can often be caught with our hands full trying to multitask (fumbling with my car keys comes to mind) with a heavy bottle in hand. This bottle comes with the Trent lid that has a handle for ease of carrying.

It can come in three different colours, white, black or pink (salmon for those of you who are particular about shades). Lastly, it weighs approximately 472g with no substance and 1.6kg full.

Sinclo offers shipping at expense to the buyer for both domestic and international buyers. So far, this bottle has produced perfect reviews, with one buyer stating that it will be the bottle, “I’ll be using for the rest of my life”.

Another reviewer made mention of the size of the Sammy bottle saying,

“I usually never have enough water in my bottle and I’m always having to run around and try to find somewhere to fill it up again, so having a bottle that’s a whopping 1.15l is the best,”

If that doesn’t give you a good reason to buy, then read further. There’s more!

Sinclo’s Advantage

Reducing Plastic Consumption One Bottle At A Time sammy bottle

Whilst there are many multiple use bottles available to us today, Sinclo bottles have No Chemicals. Sinclo admits that, “even though now the (plastic) bottles are mostly BPA free, these bottles still contain chemicals”.

They then reference an article by Claude Monneret called, What is an endocrine disruptor. According to Monneret, endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC’s) are harmful chemicals that can.

 “…produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in humans, abnormal growth patterns and neurodevelopmental delays in children.”

These chemicals can be found in plastic bottles! This is why Sinclo have chosen to use stainless steel for their bottles. To add to the sustainable materials in they use in their products, Sinclo also strive to use sustainable packaging for their deliveries.

This includes:

  1. Compostable bag
  2. Recyclable carboard box
  3. Recyclable brown card paper
  4. Seed paper
  5. Compostable stickers
  6. Compostable mailing label
  7. Recycled paper.

If that still isn’t enough, Sinclo has partnered with multiple organisations to provide a giveback program. This program gives $1 from every purchase to the charity of your choice!

Making the Switch

Whilst it might be a slow transition, Australia is on its way to becoming a sustainable nation. According to Clean Up, Australia has invested $190 million into a Recycling Modernisation Fund that is said to generate $600 million in recycling investment and create more than 10,000 jobs.

This is fantastic news, but it is only just the beginning. It is companies like Sinclo that continue to stand in the gap and provide solutions for an otherwise unsolvable problem.

We continue to encourage everyone to source more sustainable solutions to their everyday tasks. Switching from the standard plastic bottle to the completely BPA and plastic free Sammy bottle from Sinclo is one step that you can take to ensure we continue to move in the right direction.

FAQs

Why plastic water bottles are bad for the environment?

80 percent of plastic water bottles end up in landfills. … Each bottle leaks harmful chemicals into our environment along the way as it decomposes. Studies show that the toxins decomposing bottles of water leach into our environment cause a variety of health issues, including reproductive problems and cancer.

How many animals die from plastic?

100 million marine animals die each year from plastic waste alone. 100,000 marine animals die from getting entangled in plastic yearly – this is just the creatures we find! 1 in 3 marine mammal species get found entangled in litter, 12-14,000 tons of plastic are ingested by North Pacific fish yearly.