At lovehotwaterbottles.com we care deeply about planet Earth and make real choices to protect our environment. There are many options to choose, the quick easy road is always tempting but here we believe in making a decision based on how it impacts on those around us. We already know a hot water bottle has always veered on the green side with many using them to save switching the central heating on during chilly nights. But is that all or is there more that can be done?
In this new socially aware climate we care about the footprint, manufacture and impact on planet Earth. Using natural rubber since the very early days that is recyclable has been a blessing for many.
Rubber is a natural product, although the early part of the 1900’s a rubber hot water bottle was manufactured in UK it might appear this saves on footprint but the source of rubber is not local and used to be imported to UK manufacturing plants and then forward shipped across the world.
Now most latex products are manufactured at source in Asia, it makes sense as although invented and originally made in Europe its uses are worldwide so rather than ship rubber in and then ship again there is only one way travel. Asia accounts for 90% of world production providing plenty of raw material to supply worldwide.
What about plasticisers, I heard these can be found in rubber hot water bottles?
Rubber hot water bottle made in Sri Lanka from locally harvested rubber is also free of plasticisers, the whole ethos is one of nature, maintaining the best without harming the planet.
Sri Lanka has one of the largest rubber plantations, ideal conditions to grow and cultivate. With a FSC Team certified green manufacturing for a sustainable world. Reassuringly the rubber plantations provide work for local women with no child labour and support families across the land. Many plantations are micro farmers, most are small plantation families giving a sustainable income for their family and stable financial support. They tend and care for their farm and crop, replanting, harvesting and living on the land, without their commitment rubber would be a scare commodity
What about a thermoplastic hot water bottle?
Surely this uses plastic which is not good for the environment. Sounds right however it’s not single use, the bottle can be used again and again for years. When finished with it is fully recyclable and shredded down and remanufactured into insulation, electric cable ties, mats, the list is endless. Similar to baked bean cans, the material goes on to another life.
The factory in Germany is fully kitted out with solar panels saving 290 tonnes of CO2 each year. They also bring in plastic from recycle centres to reuse as fleece covers, fleece has excellent thermal properties, ideal when combined with a hot water bottle. To ensure the covers pass the mustard they are also Oeko-Tex 100 tested, certified to be clear of any harmful substances to ensure a pure and eco-friendly product.
As these are made in Germany air miles are minimal, the bottles are made locally and shipped across the EU. With the last UK production closing 40 years ago Germany is now the closest and with the most efficient manufacturing producing the highest quality hot water bottle built to last and exceed British Standards.