Ohelo Insulated Water Bottle with CAT logoNSM2070
Beautifully engraved with our logo.
These bottles are vacuum insulated and are made from double walled high grade 18/8 stainless steel. Hot at keeping things hot, cool at keeping things cold, they have both style and functionality at heart. Our classic lid comes complete with a comfortable carry strap, making Ohelo a joy to carry. Refreshingly different.
The single use plastic problem: The scary facts
We are all aware of the problems single use plastics are causing to our planet. We see the headlines. But what about some context? How do we make sense of statistics that are thrown at us one minute, then replaced by another story the next? This article takes a fresh look at the single-use plastic problem, giving real-life comparisons to illustrate the size of the problem we face.
The amount of plastic in the oceans is due to outnumber living organisms by as soon as 2050.1 Just let that sink in for a second. More pieces of plastic than fish in the sea.
Making sense of BPA and other hormone mimicking chemicals
Have you found yourself wondering what BPA is and if it is safe? There is a growing awareness by consumers about the materials we use for holding food and beverages. And rightly so. We are all becoming more conscious about what we put into our bodies, and we want to understand if the things we use to carry our drinks are made from safe materials.
BPA stands for Bisphenol A. It is a widely used chemical compound which is often found in certain types of plastics and epoxy resins used in consumer products. It is a common ingredient for polycarbonate plastics, which are typically used for reusable water bottles (and baby bottles among others). Epoxy resins are used to coat the inside surfaces of metal tins and cans to prevent them from rusting. BPA has hormone-mimicking properties. Specifically, it has similarities to the naturally occurring hormone oestrogen. Small amounts of BPA can leach from plastic into the food stuff in contains. Scientific studies 1 have shown levels of BPA in people to be positively linked with heart disease, diabetes and liver toxicity. Not good. As it stands currently BPA has been banned by the UK, the USA and the EU for use in baby products. However, all of these regions governing bodies still consider it as a safe chemical for use in plastic products for adults, due to the low exposure levels 2.
The more BPA and its interaction with the human body is understood, the more different companies are coming up with BPA-free products. What are they replacing the BPA with? They are currently commonly replaced by other bisphenols, like BPF and BPS. Further scientific studies are needed to understand how these replacement chemicals affect our bodies, but studies have already shown they have similar hormone-mimicking properties to the BPA they are replacing 3. They may also contain Phthalates which are a common softening agent for plastics. They are also considered to be endocrine disrupting chemicals and have been linked with childhood allergic diseases 4 as well as some being considered possible carcinogens 5. What if the chemicals manufacturers are using to replace BPA turn out to be just as concerning when it comes to how they interact with our bodies? That would mean plastics that are labelled BPA free may be just as potentially harmful as those made with BPA.
What should we be doing as consumers. I guess it depends on how concerned you are by the scientific studies that have already been carried out. There are ways you can reduce your exposure to BPAs: not reheating food in plastic containers; reducing your use of canned foods and using steel, ceramic or glass containers instead of plastic containers 6. Obviously using glass, ceramics or stainless steel instead of plastics allows us to avoid BPA and all of it’s replacements. In truth knowledge is power. The more we learn about each of these chemicals, the more informed a decision we can make as to the best products to use when in direct contact with consumables.