June 2019: LARQ has announced the UK arrival of their ground-breaking self-cleaning LARQ water bottle on Saturday 15th June available to buy for the first-time online and in-store. The stylish reusable bottles will come in five inspired colourways and feature innovative technology which is combined with inspired design to give people access to pristine drinking water any time, easily and sustainably. In a time of global crisis, LARQ’s advanced technology aims to disrupt consumer behaviour to help battle dependence on single-use plastic, while heralding access to clean drinking water.
“We know that pure water on-the-go and stinky bottles are the two primary pain points affecting one’s adoption of reusable bottles” said Justin Wang, Co-founder of LARQ. “LARQ’s proprietary UV-C LED technology is integrated into a beautifully designed product that delivers pure water from a self-cleaning bottle, and directly addresses these complaints.”
Following a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign with resulted in $1.7M and broke the record for world’s largest crowd-funded hydration campaign, LARQ launched in the US to much anticipation in October last year. Leveraging the most advanced technology in the world, the LARQ Bottle uses proprietary and patented UV-C LED technology to purify water and inner surfaces of the water bottle by eliminating harmful sources through a photochemical reaction. At the touch of a button, the LARQ Bottle eradicates up to 99.9999% of harmful and odour causing bacteria and viruses. The technology intelligently activates every two hours in a self-cleaning mode, basking the water and the inner surface in purifying UV light to keep your water and bottle free of germs.
“UV Light has been demonstrated to be a safe and effective method to disinfect water” said Dr. David Weber, MD, MPH Faculty – UNC School of Medicine. “UV is environmentally friendly, leaves no residuals and is microbicidal – effectively killing germs.”
This state-of-the-art capability enables the LARQ Bottle to uniquely address the most common consumer complaints raised about reusable bottles: odour and contamination, difficulty cleaning, and shortage of on-the-go access to pure drinking water. By emitting a UV-C light in the 280nm range – the optimal wavelength of light to eradicate bacteria and viruses, used in hospitals to sterilize surfaces – the LARQ Bottle is a safe, non-toxic and mercury-free choice for those looking to ban single-use plastics from their daily routine for good. The professional-grade stainless-steel bottle is free of BPA, BPS, and Phthalates, making it unlike any traditional UV water purification technology on the market. What’s more, the bottle is double-walled and vacuum sealed so it can keep beverages ice cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours.
A staggering 844 million people live without access to clean water. To bring safe drinking water to billions of people around the world, LARQ will be donating 1% of proceeds to benefit various charities that strive to make clean drinking water more accessible and omit plastic pollution, through its partnership with 1% for the Planet. Abandoning single-use plastics is no longer an option – it’s a must – and the LARQ Bottle uniquely enables people to do this in a healthy and sustainable way.