About this project
BU Water is a premium designed reusable water bottle that keeps you hydrated wherever you go, without costing the planet. We eliminated all unnecessary features and utilised bamboo, boasting a 100% natural lid and filter, minimising the use of plastic.
We throw away over 50 billion single use plastic bottles each year and only 1 in 4 are recycled. The vast majority end up in landfill whilst some will work their way into our oceans. In addition to this, bottled water generates up to 600 times more CO2 than tap water as it's extremely inefficient to transport in its bottled form.
It's unbelievable that there’s still 780 million people in the world that don't have access to clean water. We’ve made it our mission to help change this by partnering up with charity: water who provide sustainable, community-owned water projects in developing countries. Find out more.
Personalise your bottle by choosing your favourite colour
We have 4 different variations of the BU Water bottle to choose from; 3 coloured and 1 Natural. The Natural model has a leather strap and a black filter clip whilst the coloured variants have a rubber strap and a colour matched filter clip.
A modern twist on the vintage quick release bottles; no screw tops, no straws...
The world’s most sustainable water filter
We use a traditional Japanese method to transform the bamboo into activated charcoal; this is done by simply cutting the stalk to size and treating it in a specially designed kiln. Unlike the majority of water filters on the market ours doesn’t rely on unnatural resins to provide its final shape.
Once you've finished using the filter it can be crushed and buried in your garden, releasing nutrients into the soil and helping plants grow.
How it works
The charcoaling process opens up millions of tiny pores within the bamboo's structure creating a huge surface area of activated charcoal with countless bonding sites. Chemicals from the water are then attracted to these sites where they become trapped.
Bad odours and chemicals such as Chlorine are adsorbed by the filter whilst it simultaneously releases minerals such as potassium and magnesium back into the water creating a crisp and silky taste.
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet growing up to 3 feet per day. This paired with its strong and durable properties is why it’s the core material used in our products at BU.
It's versatility has allowed us to make 2 of the bottle's components from bamboo capturing it's elegant and sustainable characteristics in our final design.
BU Water is designed to last and that's why we've chosen to make the bottle from Tritan™. BPA-Free Tritan™ doesn’t contain BPA, BPS or any other bisphenols and it's dishwasher safe.
We are BU; a small team based in London whose shared passion for sustainable design has led to the creation of BU Water.
Over the last year we've worked incredibly hard to bring BU Water to life, and we're almost there!
All we need is your help. Whether it's becoming a founding BU member, a social media share or a support at levels that include receiving your own BU Water bottle, we thank you for taking part in our mission.
If successful, the funds will be invested into tooling for our specialised components and the first batch of BU Water bottles.
Risks and challenges
We've spent the last year making sure the BU Water bottle meets strict quality standards; from selecting BPA-Free Tritan™ to ensuring lifetime durability of all components.
Our remaining challenge is to maintain our high standards of part quality control during manufacturing, regardless of the production quantity. To minimise risk we've handpicked each supplier and have been coordinating our part requirements with them for the last couple of months.
Our timeplan allows for one round of tooling modifications and has a bit of 'fat' to account for the unseen problems all projects will face. We've tried to apprehend as many of these as possible and will work tirelessly to hit our projected shipping date of May 2016.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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