Bottle Water vs Tap Water – The Convenience of Bottled Water Issue

Bottled water is convenient. This is one of the points the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) makes in one of its most recent videos, “Bottled Water: The Big Picture.” We’ve engaged in the bottled water vs. tap water debate in many blog posts, but it’s hard to argue with the fact that bottled water is convenient.

After all, you can walk into any grocery store or gas station and take your pick from a sea of bottled waters. You have at your disposal “spring, purified, mineral, sparkling, artesian and distilled.” It may cost you more per gallon than gas, but hey — it sure is convenient, right?

Filtered tap water isn’t for people who only want convenience. No, it’s for people who recognize that they can filter out any off flavors or contaminants from their water for a fraction of the price of bottled water. Filtering your home’s water is for people committed to truly sustainable practices, and it’s for people who are willing to put in just a little work if it means saving both their world and their wallet.

That being said, some might argue that filtering your water at home and carrying it with you in a stainless steel water bottle might actually be more convenient.

What about you? Are you willing to pay for the convenience of bottled water?

Coca-Cola for Clean Water?

I just wanted to highlight my recent confusion over Coca-Cola’s sustainability efforts. Namely:

  • Coca-Cola’s Commitment to the CEO Water Mandate: a program designed to help companies better manage their water use.

Though I applaud Coca-Cola’s apparent concern over the world’s water supply, I can’t help but contemplate the irony of their efforts. Surely Coke must be aware that it takes nearly two gallons of water to manufacture just one of their many plastic beverage bottles. Conservation? Good water management? Nice try, guys, but I can’t help but wonder if this is “greenwashing” at it’s best…

Readers, what do you think?

Ecowell: An Eco-Friendly Alternative to Vending Machines

Thanks to students, Brian Boler, Andy Whitaker and Reid Schilperoort, we can now officially say goodbye to vending machines full of plastic bottles. This team of entrepreneurs has managed to make reusable water bottles even more convenient with their recent class-project-turned-business-venture:

Ecowell. A vending kiosk that dispenses hot, cold or carbonated water with a choice of over 20 fruit juice flavors, two sweeteners and five vitamin supplements. This eco-friendly alternative to vending machines allows you to create your own beverage, dispensing it straight into your own reusable Klean Kanteen. None of the fruit juice flavors contain high fructose corn syrup, and the kiosk can dispense any combination of flavors, light or full, depending on your preference. Both of these features allow you to create a healthier beverage than those which are normally available in standard vending machines. Moreover, with Ecowell’s convenient Tap-Tag system, patrons can create an account right at the kiosk and use their Tap-Tag to select and pay for their drinks at each visit. Ecowell is a great invention for office buildings and schools where bottled water and soda are consumed on a regular basis.

Beverages ordered and filled at the Ecowell kiosk are less expensive than the average bottle of water, juice or soda purchased from a conventional vending machine. A 16-oz. cold glass of purified water is $0.55. Add three fruit flavors and pay only $1.50. Considering that a Vitamin Water is usually at least $1.75, and a Snapple beverage can cost around $2.50, students and workers are getting a great deal for a customized, healthy, eco-friendly beverage. For example, instead of buying a Focus Kiwi-Strawberry Vitamin Water, you can simply create your own mix of fruit-flavored water and add the “StudyBoost” vitamin supplement for added focus and retention.

Ecowell truly leaves the consumer with no excuses to drink bottled water. At home, you can make your own flavored water with the PUR flavor options pitcher or PUR faucet mount with flavor options. With the Ecowell kiosk, now you can make your own flavored water and even soda. This new invention might just make more schools consider banning bottled water.