Globally 500 billion plastic bottles are used every year – Meaning there are 66 plastic bottles for every person on the planet. 

Now, that’s an undeniably shocking statistic, and it may leave you scratching your head as to what we can do about it. It’s clear that a lot of people have a thirst for water on the go, or favour the taste of bottled water, but there is indisputably a crisis with the way that we consume bottled water – in the UK alone, seven million plastic water bottles are thrown every day; 80% end up burned, in landfill, or in our oceans where some of those microplastic particles actually end up being ingested by us. 

A beautifully simple yet effective solution could be the one provided by ape2o. 

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This week on the podcast, we’re joined by Anthony Newman, founder and CEO of ape2o, the B Corp-certified anti-plastic bottle water company, and we hear about how he’s fighting those alarming statistics. Anthony was inspired while on a date to build a turtle sanctuary with his now wife while he was living in Australia; seeing how marine plastic pollution was negatively affecting creatures that had no part in its creation was undeniably the spark for ape2o. 

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Currently operating an array of water dispensers in and around London, ape2o provides commuters and travellers with on-demand chilled still or sparkling triple-filtered UV-treated purified water – with this kind of filtration, any impurities can be removed down to the molecular level -now, the sound of that has us thirsty! The even better news? ape2o’s filtered water is available at a fraction of the cost of bottled water - in fact, it’s only £0.25 per half litre serving! 

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ape2o has already saved hundreds of thousands of plastic bottles from polluting our oceans, and impressively 10% of what you do spend with ape2o goes towards marine and freshwater conservation and clean-ups. The first recipient of ape2o’s 10% promise was the Zoological Society of London, and the money donated helped ZSL develop their marine and freshwater conservation! 

Although the majority of ape2o water dispensers are currently stationed in London, the company is growing, planning to rapidly expand this year. They’ve already forged a partnership with South Western Railway to supply commuters with water refills at their busiest stations, including Vauxhall, Wimbledon, Putney, Kingston, Richmond, Twickenham, Hampton Court and Bournemouth. 

So, next time you’re out and about, keep your eyes peeled for an ape2o water dispenser and be part of the solution! 

“Wouldn’t it be nice to have an alternative to buying single use plastic bottled water when out and about - one that made reusing and refilling, hygienic, pure, great-tasting, a fraction of the price, and that gave back to cleaning up the world’s oceans and waterways? Well that’s what ape2o is all about. Thanks for the opportunity to share our story with your listeners, I certainly enjoyed our cup of tea!” Anthony Newman, Founder ape2o 

Check out this week’s podcast below to find out more…