Weekend Special: Katadyn MyBottle Water Purifiers

In light of recent news regarding the aftermath of the Japan earthquake, we have talked a lot about emergency water purification. Katadyn manufactures a variety of emergency water filters, and this weekend we are offering the Katadyn MyBottle Water Purifiers, in blue or green, for only 34.95 ($15 off!)

The Katadyn MyBottle is the only personal water bottle purifier on the water filter market that is registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Katadyn water filters are often used by the U.S. military, international militaries, NATO and relief organizations during environmental disasters when access to clean water is scarce. The MyBottle can be dipped directly into lakes, rivers, streams and other freshwater sources, and removes all viruses, bacteria, cysts and other impurities. The carbon cartridge also reduces the bad taste and odor of chemicals, making treated water taste even better. This bottle can protect you from waterborne illness while on your next camping trip, or even during a visit to a foreign country where the tap water is unsafe. It filters up to 26 gallons of water and uses combination Virustat filter and cyst filter technology.

Replacement Katadyn filter cartridges can be purchased at FiltersFast, but go ahead and order your Katadyn water filter bottle today, as this special offer ends Sunday at midnight.

PepsiCo and Evian “Go Green”

Pepsi's first 100 percent plant-based PET bottleYou may recall a series we did last year on “eco-friendly” bottled water. It appears that PepsiCo and Evian have both jumped on that bandwagon. Evian has introduced a lighter-weight bottle, made with 50 percent recycled PET, and containing 11 percent plastic, that is still 100 percent recyclable. We know that’s a lot of percentages, so let us break it down for you this way: Evian is trying to be more evnironmentally sustainable with their bottled water packaging. The bottle is even easier to crush, as demonstrated by their TV commercial, which means it takes up less space in your recycle bin or trash can  (leaving room for more bottles – amounting to just as much plastic as you’d get with their former bottle design.)

Evian’s bottle came out a week after PepsiCo announced plans to release the first-ever PET bottle made from 100 percent plant materials, including switch grass, pine bark and corn husks. The bottle is also fully recyclable.

While we commend the bottled water industry for their efforts to appeal to a broader audience of people, we stand by our original claim, which is also the claim of most environmentalists who just aren’t “buying it” (pun intended.) Whether the bottle is recyclable or not, the fact remains that most bottles are not actually recycled. And whether it’s packaged in plastic or corn husks, many bottled waters are nothing more than filtered tap water, which you can get at home for a fraction of the price. Pepsi has even admitted that their Aquafina water is municipally sourced. In short, as a recent guest star in our youtube film, “Bottled Water Dummy,” demonstrates, bottled water is a waste of money.  We all know what EVIAN spells backwards…

We suggest you invest in water filters, which are a much more sustainable and cost-effective solution.

A Unique Way to Celebrate World Water Day

Wells4Wells

“Wells 4 Wells – Fighting the Global Water Crisis, One Beer at a Time”

Celebrate World Water Day with beer!

You probably weren’t expecting that, were you? And no … we’re not kidding.

International World Water Day is observed annually on March 22, to raise awareness of the importance of clean water, and to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. It began in March of 1993, and has been a success ever since. This year’s theme is “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge,” and organizations around the world are holding events in response to the increasing urbanization affecting the water supplies in poor and developing countries. Bloggers are raising awareness through their posts on the top ways to celebrate World Water Day. Social media fanatics are posting related updates to Facebook and twitter several times an hour. World Water Day is in motion, and this morning, we were at a standstill when it came to writing about it. What sort of unique thing could a blog that posts about water on an almost daily basis have to say about World Water Day?

Well, if you’ve been reading our blog, you may have noticed that we are beer advocates as well. You may recall our post on breweries committed to water conservation. So, when we ran across Wells4Wells, and remembered that it is also #charitytuesday, we had to write about it. As stated on their website, Wells4Wells is “Fighting the Water Crisis one beer at a time.” This Thursday, March 24, fifteen participating cities around the country will host their own happy hour. Bars and restaurants will donate a portion of their sales during these hours toward the construction of a well at a school in Africa, providing clean water for over 1,000 children. The cost to build the well, through the water charity, Drop in the Bucket, is $5500. Those who attend the happy hour and purchase the qualifying specials will be doing so for a good cause. If your city is not included, you can still donate to Wells For Wells online.

World Water Day is officially today, but the Wells4Wells event is on Thursday, March 24, which means you’ll be celebrating a little late. But that’s okay, because every day should be World Water Day, anyway, right?

What are you doing in your own life to raise awareness of the need for clean water in cities around the world, today, and (hopefully) every day?