Ok, be honest with me…when was the last time you washed your reusable water bottle? I know, on the list of priorities you have in a day, chances are it sits low even though we know it is gross. But ignorance is bliss, right? It’s just water, how bad can it be? Well, based on an analysis from the environmental testing firm EmLab P&K, the average reusable water bottle has over 300,000 CFUs (that is, bacteria colony-forming units). The average toilet seat contains just 172 CFUs while a doorknob has around 203 CFUs. So, to answer your question – BAD! However, the smart folks at Larq have the answer with a reusable stainless-steel bottle that will self-clean itself every 2 hours!
Most Scientists agree that you should be washing your water bottle after every use, or at the end of each day if you refill yours throughout the day. Bacteria breeds more quickly in dark and damp environments, so ensuring no new bacteria can grow and old bacteria is killed, spend a few minutes every evening cleaning your water bottle. This is the basic philosophy behind Larq, where their innovative technology is combined with inspirational design to help people access pristine drinking water easily and sustainably. To achieve this, they designed a water bottle with one-of-a-kind UV-C LED technology built into the cap and using their proprietary PureVis™ technology the light emitted works to eradicate up to 99.9999%* of germs, bacteria, protozoa, and more.
This World’s first digital purification system is a nontoxic way to purify your water. Using the very clever 280 nanometer UV light seamlessly eradicates germs, triggering a photochemical reaction that destroys their DNA. In proven scientific studies, the Larq Self Cleaning bottle was proven to be very effective against both E Coli and Salmonella, often eradicating it in the water source.
We are also big fans of the bottle design, available in both 540ml and 740ml variants, not only is it BPA, mercury, and plastic-free but also features double-wall vacuum insulation that keeps drinks hot or cold between 12 to 24 hours and comes in a variety of vibrant colors (we are quite fond of the Monaco blue). The cap is also rechargeable via micro-USB with a battery life that lasts for about a month on a single charge in our testing. Lastly, using the bottle could not be any simpler. Simply fill it up, press the button on the cap to start purifying, and away you go. There are also 2 different modes, a standard and adventure mode for when you are not sure about the quality of the water you are drinking and results in a longer purification process. We just love that versatility.
The Larq Self Cleaning PureVis water bottle is everything a reusable water bottle should be – safer, cleaner, and better for the planet, and through their partnership with 1% for the Planet, a portion of each purchase is donated to fund environmental non-profits around the world to bring safe drinking water to billions of people worldwide. So, what are you waiting for? Throw that nasty plastic bottle away and start caring more for your health and the planet!