Drop the Bottle! Drink Filtered Water Instead.

iStock_000019689327_Medium - CopyLounging around the neighborhood pool this summer, I am aware of how many people still choose to buy bottled water.  True, it is convenient to toss a few in a cooler when heading out to the pool or beach, but there are so many better alternatives these days, so it still surprises me to see how many people still do it!  The latest published statistics state that over half of all Americans drink bottled water!

I thought this might be a good time to remind myself as well as others why we need to “drop the bottle” and filter water at our homes instead:

Reason #1:  Negative environmental impact.  The production and transportation of bottled water wastes our precious fossil fuels. It takes a plastic water bottle 1,000 years to bio-degrade. Knowing that 80% of water bottles end up in our landfill; that’s a pretty scary statistic! When not recycled, bottles produce mass amounts of litter, not only in landfills, but in our lakes, rivers and oceans.

Reason #2: Cost.  The average American spends over $100 per year on bottled water (think $400 per 4 person family on WATER).

These are just my two top reasons to drop the bottle.  There are obviously many more.  You can find detailed reports and statistics at The Water Project. Or read 15 Outrageous Facts about Bottled Water.

Additionally, if you buy bottled water because you feel that it is safer and tastes better than general tap water, there are many alternative options available to you.  Visit FiltersFast.com to find a full range of water filtration devices including whole house filtration systems, faucet mount filters, refrigerator filters, filtered water pitchers and water bottles (to throw in the cooler for the pool or beach).  These days, home water filtration options are endless.

Aside from the better taste and smell that filtered water provides, there are other benefits to filtering water as well:

  • More cost effective than buying bottled water
  • Eliminates the environmental impact of bottled water
  • Filtering removes unwanted, harmful contaminates from drinking water

This summer, when you head out to the pool, or pack a cooler for the beach, or venture out for a nice hike or picnic, forget the disposable water bottles!  Use instead a reusable filtered water bottle or fill some other reusable container with clean filtered water from your refrigerator or other home filtration device.

Check FiltersFast.com for available options.

Remember to Drink Your Filtered Water – Is It Safe To Drink Tap Water

tap-water-in-a-glassWe learned early in life that all living things need water to survive.  As a matter of fact, a person can only live for about 3 – 4 days without water, while surviving up to a month without food!  In honor of World Water day, March 22, 2014, I thought I would take a moment to remind us all why good old H2O is so important to the human body.

I find myself constantly advising friends and family members to drink more filtered water.  When we neglect to do so, we can experience unpleasant symptoms such as dizziness, headache, irritability, tiredness, constipation and a general sense of discomfort. It is amazing how our bodies respond when we take in the proper amount of water. The Institute of Medicine suggests 9 – 12 cups of total beverages each day. This can literally make you feel like a new person!  In addition to relieving the above referenced disagreeable side effects of not drinking enough, water also helps the body with the following functions:

  • Regulates body temperature
  • Aids in digestion by ridding the body of waste
  • Lubricates and acts as a cushion for joints, spinal cord and other sensitive tissues

These are just a few medical reasons why our body demands drinking water.  There are other benefits as well, such as promoting weight loss, improves complexion, increases energy and can flush out harmful toxins to boost your immune system!

In an effort to make sure that you are consuming the highest quality water available, consider using a water testing kit to determine if contaminates are present in your tap water.  If they are, don’t work.  FiltersFast.com offers a wide variety of water filtration applications from refrigerator filters to filtered pitchers and reusable bottles, as well as whole house filtration systems and faucet mount products.

So do the environment a favor: don’t drink bottled water.  By now we all know that trash from empty water bottles is filling up the landfills and producing tons of litter each year, not to mention the rising cost and simple inconvenience of lugging around heavy cases of water.

This year on World Water Day, take a moment to reflect on how something as pure and simple as can have such a dynamic impact on not only our bodies and lives, but that of the entire world.  Clean water is a luxury and should not be taken for granted, as many people do not have the resources or capacity to produce it.  If you do, count it a blessing and think about how you might get involved to help those who don’t.  To learn more, please visit http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday.

Go Green in the New Year! – Tips for Ways of Going Green

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Photo By: Ecology.com

A lot of us make New Year Resolutions each year, always having the best intentions.  Most have to do with personally bettering ourselves… becoming more fit, eating healthy, losing weight etc.  This year, in addition to personal well-being, why not consider doing something with a more global impact?  The catch phrase “Going Green” is everywhere these days and with good reason.  With 7 billion people on Earth, we need to start focusing on what we can do to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy a healthy, thriving planet.

In addition to simply trying to do the right thing, there are many ways to save money by being more environmentally conscience. The Worldwide Institute recently published a list of simple things you can do today to help reduce your environmental impact, save money, and live a happier, healthier life.

Recycle

  • There is little excuse these days.  Most local municipalities offer some type of pick-up or drop off service.
  • Check for specific items including plastics, paper, glass, aluminum at the minimum.
  • Keep electronics out of the trash as well, such as cell phones, computers and other E-waste.  These products contain mercury and other toxins which are a growing environmental danger. Donate them or find a recycling center.recycle-green

 

Eat and drink smarter

  • Buy local, organic meat, eggs, dairy and produce.  Visit your local farmers’ markets.
  • Eat “low” on the food chain so as to not deplete resources.  Seafood, for example, has become highly over fished leading to a dangerously low supply of certain species.
  • Don’t buy bottled water when there are so many water filtration alternatives that allow you to save money and reduce container waste. Visit Filtersfast.com for a variety of choices from filtered pitchers and water bottles, refrigerator water filters, faucet mount filters to whole house filtration systems.

Make your own cleaning supplies

  • By using a few simple sustainable ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and olive oil, to name a few, you can make your own non-toxic cleaning supplies.  There are recipes available online.
  • By making your own, you will reduce environmental pollution created by the manufacturing and disposal of chemically, mass produced cleaning supplies.

 

Save energy

  • Invest in a programmable thermostat.cfl-green-energy
  • Switch to CFL light bulbs.
  • Wash laundry in cold water (heating water uses 85% more energy).  Air dry clothes instead of using the dryer.
  • Unplug appliances when not using them or use a smart power strip. Appliances can drain energy even when turned off!

 

Save water

  • Take shorter showers and use a low-flow shower head.
  • Use a faucet aerator on each faucet.  This will keep pressure high while conserving heat and water.
  • Consider landscaping with drought tolerant plants – reducing amount of water needed.

 

Save gas

  • Enjoy the health benefits of walking or biking – this reduces cosno-car-signt of gas and parking
  • Telecommute if possible
  • Car-pool

 

Going Green in the New Year is a great way to help the environment. There are so many small things we can do that will have a positive impact. This time, when thinking about your New Year’s resolutions, consider not only bettering yourself personally, but also bettering the world we live in.  Cheers to a happy 2014!