No, it’s not a table selling bottled water! It’s quite the opposite…
The Water Table covers all different aspects of plastic, from pollution to alternatives, such as:
We also have a examples of clothing made from fully natural materials, such as cotton and bamboo. Natural microfibres biodegrade, so clothing such as BAM clothing (which is an example of bamboo clothing) are better for the environment than garments made from polyester (plastic).
A Deadly 100,000 book showing plastic’s effect on the oceans.
The reactions we’ve got from people visiting the table are just what we hoped. Many people are really shocked by what we tell (and show) them, especially when it comes to the ‘recycling red herring’ (see the above bullet list). It’s widely thought that a recycled bottle will be made into a new bottle, but this, like most things the bottle manufacturers tell us, is a bit misleading. Most bottles are down cycled into other items, such as fleeces and carpets (which have their own environmental issues), so only a very small percentage of new plastic bottles contain recycled plastic. We have in word from most bottled water manufacturers that they use no recycled plastic, and that is one of the most powerful things for most people.
Also in the pipeline, we’ve got Yestival in October and hopefully more festivals in the future to add to the list.
And to finish, one lady who was particularly interested in the Water Table and what we’re doing said a comment that perfectly sums up our campaign:
“So when we don’t see any plastic bottles in the supermarkets, we’ll know who to thank.”
Main Header Image Credit - Tim Bradley Photography