Everywhere we look, there is sure to be people milling around carrying water bottles. The trend of hauling and drinking water from bottles has become progressively fashionable in modern years.
It is interesting to find out more about the substance used to contain the various liquids we consume daily.
Since the commencement of human history, people have explored various possibilities to convey fresh water from its source to their locale. During the height of the Roman Empire, aqueducts were erected to distribute water to the cities, and containers made from clay, materials of natural fibers and animal pelts were utilized to carry water in less significant amounts. In time, due to war, and then roaming lengthy distances by automated vehicles and sports activities such as hiking predisposed the inevitability for people to devise better ways for moving portable water.
There many brands of water sold in bottles available. For example, mineral water from San Pellegrino in Italy has been produced since 1935, whilst Evian took root in 1826. Perrier was established in 1898.
Initially, these Companies sold their water in glass bottles, but after the plastic revolution in the mid 20th century, plastic became the more fashionable choice. After that and to this day, water is commercially made available in plastic water bottles.
In 2008, consumers began to question the presence of Bisphenol-A or BPA found in some water bottles, which could lead to health problems. As such, many Companies today ensure that the bottles used to contain liquids are certified BPA-free. Since the latter part of the 12th century, most bottles for containing water were constructed with necks. Today, as the industry evolves, bottles forms and dimensions have rapidly changed.
One such bottle is the metal version manufactured by SIGG.
Dating back to 1908 in Zurich Switzerland, the Company was started by two enterprising, innovative, and visionary gentlemen, Ferdinand Sigg and Xavier Kung. Believing that aluminum was the wave of the future, they began manufacturing not only metal bottles, but frying pans, saucepans and other household items. By the 1950s, SIGG was the frontrunner in the production of metal water bottles.
With the emergence of water bottles made from other than plastic, cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles have prohibited city-funded procurement of plastic water bottles.
In recycling terms, water bottles made from PET or polyester, which is the most common plastic used for containers are discarded and recycled – known as ‘post consumer-PET’. Once the post consumer-PET is sorted from other waste, it is compressed, formed into bales and presented for sale to recycling Companies. Once sold, this PET waste is frayed into minute fragments. These fragments are then augmented into the production of polyester fibers, used for making items such as carpets, clothing and pillows.
PET water bottles are also used (after recycling) for solar water disinfection in third world countries; the empty PET water bottles are filled, left in the sun to permit disinfection via ultraviolet radiation. Water bottles, whether made of plastic, aluminum, metal or recyclable materials are part and parcel of our lives, and their presence is her to stay for a long time to come.