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As an industry, we've long pushed the idea of UV light for cleaning hospital interiors and to activate water for safer surface cleaning, but how about UV light for cleaning the insides of our drinking water bottles - and the water itself? Launched this week thanks to a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, the Larq self-cleaning water bottle is now available in five colours (www.livelarq.com). It basks its inner surface and the water itself in UV-C light in the 280nm range, eradicating up to 99.99% of harmful and odour-causing bacteria at the touch of a button - or, in self-cleaning mode, every two hours.
This technology addresses the most common consumer complaints raised about reusable bottles: odour and contamination, difficulty cleaning, and shortage of on-the-go access to pure drinking water. It's a safe, non-toxic and mercury-free choice for those looking to ban single-use plastics from their daily routine for good.
The professional-grade stainless-steel bottle is free from BPA, BPS, and Phthalates and it's double-walled and vacuum sealed so can keep beverages ice-cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours. I think this is a great idea and it's even better to know that our industry's been using the technology for some time. Bearing in mind that 844 million people live without access to clean water, I'm delighted that Larq will be donating 1% of proceeds to charities which strive to make clean drinking water more accessible and omit plastic pollution, through its partnership with '1% for the Planet'. And what to do with all those plastic bottles we'll no longer be washing and refilling?
Well... Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, on her official tour of Australia with Prince Harry, has been wearing shoes made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, by Rothy's of San Fransisco (www.rothys.com). Like the Larq bottle, they're good for the environment and they look great too, don't you think?
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18th October 2018