Water Shortage Causing Concern Among Wine, Beer & Liquor Industries – USA

water shortage west coast usaBreweries, vineyards, wineries and distilleries are enjoying the growth of their fast-growing industries. Producing wine, beer and liquor are seeing consumer sales go up faster than producers can make. Overall, everything seems to be going well for these industries, but there is a major growing concern about a common ingredient that is threatening many beer, liquor and wine companies.

Grain, hops and grapes share one common denominator that all of them are competing for. That common ingredient is water. Farmers and viticulturists are running into problems trying to keep crops properly irrigated, as a result of the severe drought that occurred during the recent years. Viticulturists (grape growers), and farmers of hops and grain are competing for the same limited water resources. This will ultimately affect production, supply and demand, throughout many critical crop producing regions.

Just as water conservation is a major concern for various facets of the farming industry, it is an even greater concern for regular consumers. Be sure to check your home for leaks that could be sending your water bill through the roof each month. Here are a couple of items to help you conserve water in your home.

Leak Detector protection                                              bernoulli conserve shower head

Watts LPSOV Leak Detector                              Rainshow’r Bernoulli Shower Head

Although there is a constant cycle of water that evaporates from the ocean – through the air – from the rain and then back to the ocean, about 98% of the water on this planet is in the oceans and thus unusable for human consumption, due to the salt content. This leaves approximately 2% of fresh water on the planet. In spite of the fact that water shortage is a growing concern with crops in many regions across the country, it is imperative that we get into the habit of protecting our natural water resources and use them wisely. Inevitably, our survival depends on it.

St. Patrick’s Day: All Things Green

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For over 1,000 years, the Irish have observed St. Patrick’s Day as a religious holiday. It is also observed in the United States and abroad with parades, Irish inspired feasts, and of course, green. Since the 17th century, the color green has become an important part of the celebrations and are seen on many clothes, shamrocks and yes, leprechauns.  To get into the festive spirit, we decided to share some of our favorite green items that we offer.

Favorite Green Water Pitcher

The Brita Grand Green Water Pitcher: We love this filtered water pitcher from Brita. A flip-top lid, soft grip handle and electronic filter change indicator light are convenient features that make this a great fit for your home. Our favorite part about this pitcher is that it’s green in more ways than one. First, this Brita pitcher eliminates the need to buy bottled water, which often clogs our nation’s landfills. Secondly, when it’s time for the filter to be replaced, you can recycle it through the Brita recycling program. How’s that for green?

Favorite Green Water Bottle

The Klean Kanteen Be Green Bottle and Loop Cap: Like the Brita water pitcher, this water bottle is also green in more ways than one. Made from BPA free, food-grade stainless steel, this is one of the more eco-friendly water bottles available on the market today. The Klean Kanteen Loop Cap allows you to clip the water bottle to backpacks, camping equipment and more with the Klean Kanteen S-Biner Carabiner. It’s dishwasher friendly and will not retain any flavors or odors, making it a perfect addition to your collection of reusable water bottles.

Favorite Green Humidifier

The Crane Cool Mist Green Frog Humidifier: Its adorability alone makes this a personal favorite of ours. Admit it, the face mesmerizes you. It’s great for use in children’s rooms and provides relief from sinus irritation, nasal congestion and dry skin. The winter months may be nearing an end, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get ahead of the game and get your humidifier for next winter. Even after the numerous health benefits, there’s still that adorable face…

March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. If you choose to partake in the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, remember to be safe and wear green lest you fall victim to the pinch. Out of all the green items we offer, what is your personal favorite? Tell us your preference in the comments below.

Celebrate Mardi Gras 2013 – French Meaning Fat Tuesday

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Although the Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans are the most popular, they’re far from the only city that celebrates this occasion. Dozens of cities (including ten cities in Louisiana alone) have their own Mardi Gras festivities. These celebrations include wearing throw beads, decorative masks, festive costumes and much more. The traditional colors of green, gold and purple are also staples at every celebration. If you are planning on celebrating Mardi Gras this year, there are a few things you should have to truly make this celebration special.

Yum! Delicious, isn’t it? Pictured next to this delectable King Cake, a festive food that is usually consumed during Mardi Gras celebrations, is the Mavea Filter Pitcher. You may wonder why the the Mavea Elemaris XL Purple Water Filter Pitcher is sitting next to it. You’ll need some clean filtered water to wash that delicious King Cake down and this filtered pitcher is perfect for the job. Manufactured from BPA-free plastic, this Mavea Water Filter Pitcher has a distinct design that comes in this elegant purple European style finish. It also features a Smart Meter filter change indicator for your added convenience.

During a night on the town wearing your traditional Mardi Gras beads, you will inevitably get thirsty. It will be very tempting to reach for a drink or a soda, but none of those beverages will properly hydrate your body. We suggest the Vapur Green Reflex Bottle. This completely collapsible and extremely portable water bottle can fit anywhere, which means you don’t have to carry it around. Tuck it in your bag after you finish drinking and resume the festivities.

After the celebration has ended, and you have retired your Mardi Gras mask for the year, you may be tired. Too tired to get up the next morning for work and to function throughout the day. As a result, you’ll go for the coffee. You may be surprised to discover that you’re running low on coffee filters, or even worse, completely out. This is where the Mr. Coffee Permanent Coffee Filter comes in handy.  Stop using the wasteful paper coffee filters in favor of this reusable and permanent coffee filter. It easily cleans and is dishwasher safe, making it a viable option for your home. This coffee filter will probably outlast our coffee maker! How’s that for durability?

The term “Mardi Gras” is French for Fat Tuesday. On this day, observers eat fatty, richer foods before the Lent season. Have you celebrated Mardi Gras before? Share your memories with us in the comments below.