YouTube Channel – First Video: Bottled Water Dummy

We recently launched our YouTube Channel, and wanted to share our first video: “Bottled Water vs. Tap Water: Don’t Be A Dummy.” We ran across a ventriloquist online and thought, “what better way to epitomize the notion of a bottled water dummy than with an actual dummy?” Seeing the perfect opportunity for a short film, Daniel wrote a script and sent it to the ventriloquist who then agreed to make a video for us. We ended up with this:

And that pretty much sums up our thoughts on bottled water. We’d love to hear your comments. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel by visiting the link and clicking on the yellow subscribe button near the top left above the video player. Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for our first video series, to launch within a few weeks.

Water Charity of the Week – Water is Life

This week, in honor of #charitytuesday, we have chosen to feature Water is Life. I wrote a brief summary of their work in our Water Charities List, but we felt like this was such a unique cause that they deserved a bigger spotlight.

Water is Life Straw

Water is Life has developed a filtration technology that filters dirty water through a straw in three stages. When the straw is immersed in water (like a normal drinking straw), it filters particles, membranes and molecules in the first chamber. Then as the water is sipped through the remaining chambers, an iodine filtration system eliminates disease, and charcoal grates remove any bad tastes to provide fresh, clean, safe water. The system filters particles down to 15 microns in size.

The Water is Life straw has proven to be effective against waterborne diseases such as typhoid, cholera, dysentery, guinea worm and diarrhea, and each straw filters water for one person for up to an entire year.

However, the straws are just a short-term solution to those that need immediate assistance. 6,500 people – 5,000 of whom are children – die daily due to the lack of access to clean water. Water is Life distributes the straws as a temporary fix, while they work to develop long-term sustainable solutions like water wells, sand filters and other technology, combined with hygiene and sanitation assistance in each village.

If you would like to donate to Water is Life, you may do so directly on the website. Each straw costs $10. Volunteers may also get involved by hosting  a fundraising event, or by joining a Water is Life team and traveling to distribute straws in Kenya, Ghana, Haiti and other countries.

Stay tuned to learn more about a special charity project that Filters Fast will be hosting in the coming months. In the meantime, promote the Water is Life cause to your friends by sharing this post on Facebook and Twitter!

Product of the Week: Washing Machine Cleaner

washing machine cleanerThis week’s featured product might seem a little random for a site that sells air and water filters, and that’s exactly why we chose it. Perhaps many of you were unaware that we carry washing machine cleaner. My husband and I recently moved into an apartment and have noticed some new stains on our clothing since using the washer and dryer set that were given to us for free. This is a product that we could definitely use, and one I wish I had known about sooner. If you’re wondering how to clean your washing machine, Summit has the answer.

Summit Washer Magic washing machine cleaner is used to clean out the drum of your washing machine, removing dirt, rust, lime, sediment, old detergent build up and odor-causing residues. It can also be used to clean the rubber seal around the door and the detergent drawer. This cleaner works to extend the life of your washing machine and can also help your clothes last longer, since clean washing machines are more gentle on clothing.

Perhaps you’ve heard of the more popular Affresh washing machine cleaner? We thought you might be interested in one customer review comparing Affresh with Summit:

This stuff is the BEST!!!! My Maytag front load washer smelled like mildew and I had black mildew built up on my rubber seal. When I washed white clothes I had black specks on them. I have used Affresh and it did not help. No one tells you about this problem when you purchase a front loader. My husband was the first one to notice the smell. I saw Washer Magic at Lowes and thought I would try it (better price than Affresh) I did as it said on the bottle and wiped my rubber seal with it then used the whole bottle in my machine on Normal Wash cycle/hot water. What an improvement. I used it last week and am going to run another bottle through my washer today when I am finished doing laundry. I am so glad to find this product. Thank you Summit!!!

This review can also be found on our site, directly below the product description for the Summit cleaner. If you’ve noticed a weird smell or stains on your clothing lately, for only $6 a bottle, Summit Washer Magic is at least worth a shot.

Try it out, and let us know what you think in the comments below this post.