Hydrogen oxide.

No, wait – Di-hydrogen oxide.

No, hang on – Hydrogen hydroxide.

Oxygen dihydride?

Doesn’t matter. I need it, you need it, we all need it.

It covers 71% of the Earth’s surface and makes up about 65% of a human being. 78% of a new-born baby.

We get very excited when we find it on other planets.

It expands and therefore becomes less dense when it freezes, which always blows my mind. This is why ice cubes float. Something to do with hydrogen bonds, I think.

It’s a solvent and a lubricant. It’s essential for our biochemistry. We’re constantly being told to drink more water. 2 litres per day, 8 glasses, more if you’re exercising, whatever. Wimbledon even has an “official” water sponsor.

So we’re all walking around like good little consumers carrying plastic bottles full of water.

However, I learned something yesterday that shocked me – it takes 22 gallons of water during the manufacturing process to make 1 pound of plastic. This equates to about 4 litres of water to make a 1 litre plastic bottle.

Which holds 1 litre of water.

Which we throw away once we’re finished with it. And buy another one. Because we’re good little consumers.

This is ludicrous.

We were given these refillable Bobble things – although they look like something you’d give to a baby, they seem to be a step in the right direction. They still have a plastic filter in them though.

I have used a stainless steel bottle at work for a couple of years now, and have resolved to buy another for the gym and days out.

The oceans are full of plastic, and now it’s in the food chain.

This has to stop.





Chris B

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