Why bottled water?

Like the planet we inhabit, our bodies comprise mostly of water. Water, in all its forms, is therefore a vital component of our diet, as well as a healthy beverage option.

Here at Makanyi we are eliminating the usage on plastic water bottles and have already eliminated 100% of the usage on plastic straws. Each guest will receive a aluminum branded Makanyi bottle which they can use to refill with water from the water dispensers we have placed in and around the lodge and get to take this home with them. We also supply the use of biodegradable paper straws on request.

The plastic water bottles we still purchase from our supplier are made from PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate). All our empty PET water bottles go back to them for recycling!

Yes it’s still plastic but, did you know…

  1. A valuable resource. When discarded on landfill sites, instead of recycled, that value is lost
  2. Recycling 1 ton of PET bottles save 1.5 tons of CO2
  3. Recycling plastic bottles decreases the need for raw materials and saves energy.
  4. It takes 35 recycled water bottles to produce a polar fleece jacket
  5. The carbon footprint of plastic can be reduced by 25% if consumers simply recycle the bottles

Some products made from recycled PET in South Africa,

  1. Fabric for clothing and reusable shopping bags
  2. Ceiling insulation and geyser blankets
  3. Fibre – pillows and duvets
  4. Bottle-2-bottle
  5. Both food and non-food applications
  6. Automotive carpets for the automotive industry
  7. Fibre for geo-textiles
  8. In lining of the Gautrain tunnels and in the construction of roads and power stations

Questions you may ask?

What are plastic water bottles made from?

PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate), is a by-product of the oil refinement process; it is not manufactured from virgin crude.

Are PET bottles recyclable?

Most definitely yes, and simply recycling the PET bottle reduces its carbon footprint by some 25%.

Does PET contain BPA?

No, Bisphenol A (BPA) is not used to make PET, nor is it used to make any of the component materials used to make PET.

Is PET a safe packaging option?

Yes, the inert PET bottle is a well-accepted package all over the world and is completely safe to drink from. It is also reusable, recyclable, durable, lightweight and eco-friendly. It can be identified by a small number ‘1’ in a triangle on the container. Alternatively, the letters ‘PET’ will be stamped on the bottle.

Is it safe to freeze a PET bottle, or keep it in a hot car?

Yes, of course. The idea that PET bottles ‘leach’ chemicals when frozen or heated in hot cars is not based on any science, and is unsubstantiated by any credible evidence.

Can I reuse a PET bottle?
Yes, like other food or beverage containers, PET bottles can be reused if you take steps to prevent the growth of bacteria. Regularly wash all your containers, not just PET bottles, with hot soapy water and dry thoroughly.

Does PET contain dioxins?

No, there are no dioxins in PET plastic. Dioxin, a chlorine- containing chemical has no role or presence in the chemistry of PET

Does PET contain endocrine disruptors?

No, there are no substances known that can migrate from PET that could be responsible for the endocrine disruptors having a hormonal effect.

Does PET contain DEHA?

No, Diethylhydroxylamine (DEHA) is not present in PET, either as a raw material or as a decomposition product. DEHA is also not classified as a human carcinogen and is not considered to pose any significant health risk to humans. It can be found in water – bottled or tap water – and is then called DOA. DOA is one of the organic containments commonly found at trace levels in just about all drinking water. It is also sometimes – incorrectly– interpreted as Diethylhydroxylamine which is not found in PET or in the production of PET bottles.

plastics don’t litter – people do