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Let's face it; sometimes a person needs a bottle of water. In your handbag, briefcase, while hiking, or for a thirsty child. Here's one answer. Called Aquatina, its inventor claims that it is the world's first collapsible pocket water bottle.
Challenged by his mother to find an alternative to carrying big bottles of water on hikes, after a long road, it was first seen on the Dragon's Den t.v. show. Now, two years later, Howie's has sold out of theirs in three days and it is about to be released on the market as 20,000 hit the stores this month.
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Cynics claimed it would never work because of the difficulties inherent in blow-moulding technology. But Guy Jeremiah, its inventor, was tenacious. Following a year-long process, a patent pending design has been created. The bottle is PET and BPA free so it can be re-used. The bottle holds 500 ml. and collapses to 30% of its size. Its opening is wide enough to allow for easy cleaning and it can be put in the dishwasher. It is available in pink, white and blue.
Jeremiah is from Sheffield and the bottle has been created and is manufactured there as well.
It was on display at the Garden Party to Make a Difference, being held by Prince Charles at Clarence House, his home in London.
Guy Jeremiah said he was selling them like hot cakes. At £5 ($ 7.70) a pop, they are an easy and compact way to always have an alternative to store-bought drinks on hand.
Jeremiah started the long road to this final product because he was challenged by his mother to develop an alternative to carrying big bottles of water on walks in the hills. He was also concerned about the environment--the average person in Europe buys 85 bottles of mineral water a year. A typical UK municipality has to get rid of almost 10M bottles a year.
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This is a man with a mission. His other project is called FindaFountain. It is a not-for-profit organization supported by Aquatina that encourages the use of free drinking water. He believes that there should be more public fountains available--so you can fill your Aquatina easily and get a healthy drink. He wants to encourage shops, banks and pubs to provide free drinking water too.
He has spent weekends and lunch hours scouring London, locating free water sources. All the ones that he has found have been mapped on his web site. It's a new project and he is looking for sponsors to help build the website and restore drinking fountains. This is a long-term project too: last year a new water fountain opened in Hyde Park. It was the first one for 30 years.
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