Going Green By Recycling Water Filters for World Water Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is not the only reason why we’re celebrating “Going Green.” With Spring announcing its arrival next week and World Water Day falling on March 22, the call to action for being good stewards of our environment is more urgent than ever. If we don’t take care of our environment, our environment will definitely turn on us. We are paying homage to the value of going green as it relates to water. It comes as no surprise that the birthstone for March is an Aquamarine. This pale blue gemstone whose name originates from the Roman word “Aqua” meaning water and “Mare” meaning sea resembles the color of seawater.

For decades, we have grown familiar with the term “Going Green.” It is a ubiquitous statement that defines our worldwide ecosystem and the lives of humans and animal life everywhere. Around the world people, businesses and charities are making great strides by building communities to raise awareness about caring for and nurturing our neighbors and our planet.

As we prepare to celebrate World Water Day on March 22, Filters Fast would like to recognize some of our water filter vendors who have implemented impressive recycling programs for their products and going green initiatives.

Mavea offers a comprehensive recycling program where every part is broken down, cleaned and re-used. Nothing goes to the landfill. Return a minimum of 6 “Mavea” filters (only). They will pay the shipping costs. Simply request a pre-paid shipping label. https://www.mavea.com/mavea/mavea-recycling.html?L=0

Rainshow’r is now proud to partner with Active Recycling, an environmentally aware recycler, who understands our desire to limit our impact. For more information about their recycling program visit http://www.rainshowermfg.com/page6/page6.html.

Brita has a recycling campaign that recycles its carbon filters for the pitchers and faucet attachment models. For more information on recycling your Brita, filter visit http://www.brita.com/.

ZeroWater recycles their filters by separating each filter, then sending the plastic along with the materials inside to be sent to various facilities for reuse. Visit http://ww2.zerowater.com/recycling/ for more information.

Everpure water filtration products are recyclable and details on recycling locations can be found at www.everpure.com/ or  you can contact Everpure at (800) 323-7873.

Make sure you are only sending filters made by these companies to avoid being charged for additional shipping. Through recycling, we can significantly reduce the amount of waste that litters our landfills and save energy compared to creating new waste with new products. Everything we do or don’t do plays a vital role in the health and dynamics of planet Earth.

Check it Out: CannedWater4Kids

The amount of water charities around the world seem to grow exponentially every year.  Many of these organizations are both headquartered and focused on serving foreign countries, making seeing the effect of your donation difficult. However, Wisconsin based CannedWater4Kids is changing all that. They have created an attractive, visible product by manufacturing colorful aluminum cans filled with purified drinking water. They hope that these cans will not only provide fresh water to children in need, but will soon serve as the symbol of clean water awareness. With $0.95 cents of every dollar donated guaranteed to go directly to those children who need fresh water, you can be ensured that your hard earned dollars are going towards doing the most good.

So why aluminum cans? There are many reasons, but it is primarily due to the fact that more and more people understand the importance of recycling to ensure global sustainability. Therefore, the aluminum can serves as a recognizable, economical, and safe way to bring clean, purified water to kids in need around the world.  Also, aluminum cans have a small environmental footprint, maintain a long shelf life, and can go from the recycling bin to the store shelf in 60 short days.

CannedWater4Kids has already made a difference in many places around the world. Shortly after the earthquake in Japan, CannedWater4Kids shipped52,800 cans of purified water to people living in schools, orphanages, and evacuation centers in the Minami-Sanriku area that completely relied on water from outside sources. The charity also works in conjunction with various other organizations including Engineers Without Borders at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee.  This group of Engineers is working to build purification plants in the Highlands of Guatemala and they did not forget to bring CannedWater4Kids with them to pass out to the local community.

How can you get involved? As with many other water based charities, monetary donations are always welcome. You can do this over CannedWater4Kids secure website or via snail mail. Another innovative way to get involved is to purchase a colorful 12 or 24 pack case of the purified CannedWater4Kids water. Not only will this serve as an interesting conversation piece at your next family gathering, but the water tastes great and your donation will be going to a more than worthy cause. At just a dollar a can, you can make a donation while getting water that is both purified and eco-friendly. Small business and retail store owners also have the option to stock the water in their store by contacting info@cannedwater4kids.org.

So this week, our charity is CannedWater4Kids. They have created an imaginative, fun product that can be seen as a symbol of water charity consciousness. Priding themselves on doing the most good with your donation dollars, getting involved with CannedWater4Kids is a great way to begin working with water charities.

 

How are you celebrating Earth Day?

Did you know that the first Earth Day celebration led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency? Environmental Awareness is a growing global movement encompassing clean air, clean water and endangered species protection. Around the world environmental groups are fighting against wildlife extinction, unlawful toxic waste disposal, oil spills, litter, raw sewage, contamination leaking from landfills, global warming, and the loss of our wilderness and forests. In recent years, more emphasis has been placed on finding environmental solutions in the field of clean air technology. Here are a few historical facts that raise our environmental consciousness:

  • After witnessing the devastation of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California former Wisconsin U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” campaign. He persuaded Congressman Pete McCloskey to serve as his co-chair and recruited Denis Hayes to fill the role as national coordinator to promote events across the land.
  • Chief Iron Eyes Cody, a Cree-Cherokee Indian and activist starred in a “Keep America Beautiful” PSA commercial during the 1970’s, which was supported by a coalition of companies involved in plastic, paper, tobacco, glass, aluminum and solid-waste. “The Crying Indian” spot that first aired on Earth Day in March 1971 won two Clio Awards and was named one of the top 100 advertising campaigns of the 20th Century by Ad Age Magazine.
  • The Earth Day Network reestablished Earth Day during their 40th anniversary celebration as a powerful focal point where people could demonstrate their commitment to the environment. The importance of bringing environmental concerns to the masses continue to face many challenges from those who deny climate change, uncommunicative politicians, a disinterested public, a divided environmental community and well-funded oil lobbyists. Instead of allowing these challenges to overshadow and hinder the mission of raising environmental consciousness across this country, The Earth Day Network organized the following initiatives: Brought 225,000 people to the National Mall for a Climate Rally, amassed 40 million environmental service actions toward its 2012 goal of A Billion Acts of Green, launched an international 1-million tree planting initiative with Avatar director James Cameron and tripled its online base to over 900,000 community members.

As you travel to work or school, do you ever notice trash, cigarette butts, plastic and glass bottles scattered along the roadways? When you walk along a creek, beach or lake, have you noticed empty cups, beer or soda cans, Styrofoam containers or even those six-pack plastic rings that holds beverage cans and bottles together, lying along the shoreline? Scenes like this invoke us to think about what we are doing to the environment and to change the habits that will prove to be more destructive than we can imagine down the road.

There is an increased sense of urgency regarding our caretaking responsibilities for this planet. We must continue building a clean, healthy environment for generations to come. What environmental events are you organizing or involved in that brings environmental improvements to your local, national or global community? Tell us what you are doing at work, in your schools or individually to make an ecological difference. Are you recycling? Are you reducing your use of electricity? Are you planting more trees? Are you participating in or developing community gardens? Are you using more environmentally sustainable water bottles or reusable shopping bags at the grocery store? Weigh in on the discussion and make every day Earth Day!