Health Expert Amanda Encourages Kids to Use Refillable Bottles at School

08 August 2019
Amanda Hamilton supports YWYL Back to School refill bottles

Amanda says staying hydrated at school helps children focus

Amanda Hamilton supports YWYL Back to School refill bottles

Top up at the tap with your favourite refillable bottle

“It has been proven that through drinking water and staying hydrated children are more attentive and focused during lessons for longer periods of time. We are lucky to have safe and delicious water from the tap, we should all be making the most of it. 

Amanda Hamilton
Health and nutrition expert & mother-of-two
Acclaimed Scots health and nutrition expert Amanda Hamilton is supporting a drive by Scottish Water to encourage kids to take a refillable water bottle as part of their back-to-school kit.

Mother-of-two and best selling author Amanda is backing the drive to remind parents and carers of the benefits of taking a refillable bottle to use at school, as part of our Your Water Your Life campaign.

She said: “Encouraging children to have a regular water intake throughout the school day is a vital aspect to maintain good health and a healthy learning environment.

“It has been proven that through drinking water and staying hydrated children are more attentive and focused during lessons for longer periods of time. 

“We are lucky to have safe and delicious water from the tap, we should all be making the most of it. For parents trying to wean kids off sugary drinks, it can help to add a slice or orange, lemon or even a sprig of mint to tap water for extra flavour.

“Like many families, in my home we do all we can do reduce the use of plastic. We’ve made it part of the daily routine to re-fill water bottles from the tap.

“By highlighting the benefits of a reusable water bottle and filling up from the tap, we are helping to instill in children the small daily habits that can make a big difference. The reality is that this is a message for all ages – so using a reusable water bottle is just as applicable for people returning to work or students going back after the summer.”

Education authorities actively promote the need for parents to provide children with a reusable water bottle and, as families all over Scotland prepare make preparations this weekend for the return to school, we're supporting the drive to include this vital piece of kit.

It comes as we continue to expand our 'Your Water Your Life' campaign which aims to encourage people to top up from the tap to benefit the environment, their health and their pocket.

To encourage people to stay hydrated on the go, a network of Top up Taps is being installed throughout the country. The first ten have been switched on – including Scotland’s first outside the Scottish Parliament - with plans to introduce more over the coming months. 

Brian Lironi, Director of Corporate Affairs at Scottish Water, said: “Your Water Your Life aims to highlight the importance water plays in the lives of people across Scotland.

“We want to encourage everyone to choose our nation’s greatest natural asset, which is our fresh and tasty water - straight from the tap.

“At Scottish Water we believe every child needs to be aware of the benefits of a reusable water bottle – and just how easy it is to use one to top up with tap water.

“So any parent who is out shopping this last weekend before the start of the new term should be reminded to ensure their back-to-school regime has not only a new uniform, shoes, gym bag and the like – but also a reusable water bottle.

“We believe that if everyone joins in, the positive impact on Scotland and the world will be incredible. Every little thing makes a difference.”

The individual Top Up Taps being installed in towns and cities across Scotland are connected to the mains water supply and are inspected regularly. The units digitally track how much water has been issued and records both the cost and plastic savings.