Most people know about the crisis facing our oceans due to single-use plastic bottles. What you might not realise is just how huge this problem is:
By 2021, we will be producing 500,000,000,000 single-use plastic bottles each year. End to end, that gets you more than halfway to the sun.
Fewer than half of plastic bottles are collected for recycling. Major soft drink companies assure us that this plastic, PET (or Polyethylene terephthalate), can be recycled into new bottles. But then they refuse to make their own bottles out of 100% recycled rPET. Something's just not right here.
Coca Cola are by far the biggest producer, and globally only use 7% recycled content in their plastic bottles. Faced with a huge public backlash, they set a target to use 50% recycled PET in their bottles by 2020, but only in Great Britain. Wow. Cue the slow clap.
13 billion plastic bottles are used in the UK each year, but only 7.5 billion are recycled
Looks like soft drink companies ain't stepping up any time soon. So it may be time to revive the 1930s soda culture.
Sparklets might sound like a great stage name - but, its actually an iconic brand of soda siphon made in New York during the 1930s. These were commonly seen in cocktail bars before bottled fizzy drinks took over.
Here's looking at you, kid!
Start with the H20. Tap water in major cities is perfectly drinkable, but if you want to improve on the taste, just use a water filter.
Above: Try a charcoal filter bottle if you don't like the taste of tap water
Avoid the plastic soda bottles by carbonating your own water with a Soda Stream. Or for something more sleek and unique, try an elegant soda siphon. Whether you go for the modern version, or invest in a true collector’s piece, it will give your home bar a vintage speakeasy feel.
Add some cordials from a glass bottle. Make your own mixes - all you need is sugar, fresh fruit, herbs and a little imagination. Or you can always cheat by searching online....