Last Minute Stocking Stuffers!

              Are you in a crunch this holiday season? With Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanzaa just around the corner we want to make sure that your stockings are stuffed this holiday. The stocking stuffer is that chance to surprise your family and friends with something small and a bit unexpected. The following appropriately sized and health conscious gifts are sure to delight and surprise any member of your family!

 KOR Delta Sawgrass Green Water Bottle

The KOR line of water bottles is known for its commitment to sustainable hydration. The sleek design of this water bottle combined with its BPA free construction makes it a fun, environmentally friendly gift. The KOR water bottle comes with two message stones. These stones are small disks with motivational messages that can easily be slipped underneath the water bottles cap. Provide your loved one with the gift of a fun, sleek, sustainable water bottle. They also come in a variety of colors and models!

   Plane Clean Air Filter

Do your loved ones travel frequently? Surprise and delight them with a plane clean air filter. The perfect size for a stocking stuffer, this air filter easily attaches to the overhead nozzle in any airplane. This filter will remove 99.5% of all bacteria and viruses in your airstream. This filter will last up to 5 flights and will protect your loved ones from the negative health effects associated with flying.

     Katadyn MyBottle Water Microfilter- White Splash

                For the hiker in your life consider the Kayadyn MyBottle Water Microfilter. Katadyn is widely known and respected among outdoor enthusiasts. The MyBottle is the only advanced personal water filtration system approved by the EPA. This personal filtration system will turn water from lakes, springs, streams and rivers into clean, drinkable water. Perfect for the camping aficianado!

Vicks Starry Night Cool Moisture Humidifier

             Children will love the Starry Night Cool Moisture Humidifier. While providing clean, cool moist air for your young one, this humidifier also features a starry night projector. Turn any room into a starry night sky that will delight your young one. This fun and functional humidifier will help prevent and cure cough and colds during the winter season.

 Vapur Anti Bottle Water Bottle

Your little girl will love the hot pink Vapur Water Bottle! The perfect size for her stocking, this reusable water bottle is flexible and collapsible. This bottle will fit inside lunchboxes, purses, and backpacks. The caribiner clip makes it easily attachable. This bottle comes in many fun colors and is dishwasher safe and freezable.

 These fun stocking sized gifts will complete your holiday gift giving this year. For the health conscious person in your life, these stocking stuffers will make their holiday!

Eight Unique Christmas Gift Ideas from Filters Fast

unique Christmas gift

This Christmas, give the gifts of clean air and water.

If you want to avoid the stress of Christmas shopping in crowded malls, yet still end up with the perfect, unique gifts for your loved ones, you’ve come to the right place. This Christmas, give the gifts of clean water and clean air with Filters Fast.

You may be thinking – “filters?” Okay so maybe getting a six-pack of 3M Filtrete Ultra Allergen Air Filters is a bit like getting socks for Christmas. It doesn’t sound all that exciting on the surface to receive a water filter or air filter as a gift. But there are a few “hidden gems” on our website that maybe you hadn’t thought of giving as gifts this holiday season. I can even guarantee we have something appropriate for all ages. Wrap up any one of these filters in shiny wrapping paper, and I’m willing to bet you’ll get a better reaction than you’d get if you wrapped up a pair of socks. And if you wait until the last minute like most people, socks may be the only gifts left…

Sprite Baby Shower Water Filter

Sprite Baby Shower Water Filter

You didn’t believe me when I said we had something appropriate for all ages, did you? The Sprite Baby Shower may not mean much to your infant or toddler right now, but they’ll be thanking you later on in life when they are old enough to understand that you’ve helped save them from a lifetime of the respiratory ailments, dry skin, and itchy scalp that are caused by prolonged exposure to chlorine in the shower. This shower water filter attaches easily to the kitchen sink faucet to make bathing your infant in clean, chlorine-free water even easier. Later, when they’re “all grown up”, you can detach the shower arm and reattach it to any existing shower head in your home.

Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifiers

Filters Fast carries these in several designs, great for nurseries or children’s rooms; choose between Sponge Bob, Elephant, Frog or Hello Kitty. As with the Sprite Baby Shower, your child will be thanking you later for saving them from chapped lips, nose bleeds and dry skin, as well as cold and flu symptoms associated with low humidity.

Vapur Anti-Bottle Water Bottle

Vapur Anti Bottle Water Bottle

The Vapur Bottle is a foldable, collapsable, reusable water bottle (or should we say, pouch that holds water?). Filters Fast currently carries it in six fun colors that your teen is sure to love. It easily attaches to any backpack or purse and may be folded to fit in your pocket when empty. Send your child off to school with one of these, and they’ll be the envy of all the other kids. After all, reusable bottles are way cooler than plastic water bottles these days.

Watersafe Science Project Water Test Kit

Watersafe Science Project Water Test Kit

Don’t worry, adults – we do have gifts for you as well, and we’ll be getting to those soon. But here’s another one for the kids. Filters Fast carries the Watersafe Science Project Kit in two sizes: 4-pack and 10-pack, allowing you to test multiple water samples at once. The kit is easy enough for elementary students, yet scientifically sophisticated enough for high school science projects or experiments. It even comes with a suggested project outline and data sheet. Results are easily transferred to posters or charts for student presentations. If you want to give an educational gift to a child you know, I don’t think it gets any better than this.

Katadyn MyBottle Water Purifiers

Vapur bottles are great for the young (and young-at-heart) but if you’re looking for something more sophisticated and high tech, these reusable bottles come with built-in filtration technology that will make just about any water source safe within minutes. Dip this bottle into a nearby lake or stream while hiking, or use it to filter tap water that has been declared unsafe, and I’m willing to bet you’d be okay. The Katadyn MyBottle Water Purifier filters 99.99 percent of waterborne viruses, bacteria, and protozoa, bringing you safe water, even in the most extreme emergencies. We even listed Katadyn among our top picks for emergency filters that will help you survive the apocalypse. If you know someone who loves hiking but doesn’t want to haul 20 plastic bottles of water through the wilderness, this is a great gift. You can’t lose with Katadyn water filters.

Kleen Kanteen Reusable Water BottlesKleen Kanteen Wide Mouth Insulated Reusable Stainless Steel Water Bottle

These don’t have built-in filters, but they are some of the most popular reusable bottles out there. With the Kleen Kanteen Wide-Mouth insulated bottle, you can add ice or even fruit slices to your beverage. It also keeps hot beverages like coffee hot for hours, making it a great gift for coffee lovers. The wide mouth opening makes it easy to clean, and because it’s composed of stainless steel, it doesn’t retain the taste or odor of any food or beverage. Even the inside of the caps are made of stainless steel, so that no harmful plastic ever touches your water.

Brita Water Pitchers

Brita Grand Water Filter Pitcher

Brita Pitchers come in a variety of sizes, styles and colors. These water filter pitchers significantly reduce chlorine and other impurities in your drinking water. They fit conveniently inside the refrigerator, providing you with cold, clear, filtered water whenever you need it and are great for entertaining guests. Most Brita pitchers come with a built-in filter life indicator that lets you know when it’s time to change your filter. These are some of the most popular water filters on the market. You can’t go wrong when you give a Brita water pitcher filter as a Christmas gift.

Dog It” and “Cat It” Fresh and Clear Pet Water Fountains

Dog It Fresh and Clear Pet Water Fountain

That’s right folks. We even have the perfect gifts for your pets. These pet water fountains constantly recirculate water to provide cool, clear, filtered water for your dog or cat. A special foam portion collects debris such as food, hair, dirt, fur, sediment and other large particles, while the activated carbon filter reduces impurities like chlorine from your pet’s drinking water. Pamper your pet this holiday season, with a Hagen Fresh and Clear Pet Water Fountain!

Vapur Thirst For Design Contest Winners

Vapur recently partnered with jovoto, Dwell Magazine and Opportunity Green to launch the “Thirst For Design” competition, a graphic design contest allowing artists to contribute creative ideas for a new “Artist Series” of anti-bottles. These bag-like bottles will make carrying tap water more fashionable among a wide variety of age groups. Vapur anti-bottles are foldable and reusable, making them easy to carry anywhere you go. They are also BPA free, dishwasher safe and freezable. The company believes in putting an end to the harmful plastic waste that is bottled water, and the winning designs embody this belief. They were so impressive that we decided to feature them on our blog. Visit jovoto’s “Thirst for Design” website for more information.

Design Contest Winners

First place: “Water is Fun”

The designer’s overall goal was to create something sexy and fun that would target all age groups. This anti-bottle features a series of cartoon characters (including a monkey that resembles Paul Frank) involved in a variety of activities that will make you sweat. After running, dancing, lifting weights, or doing anything “fun,” you’ll need some water, and what better source is there than a Vapur anti-bottle depicting the reason behind your thirst in a fresh, unique way. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this submission is the design’s easy adaptability to other media such as t-shirts, posters and stickers.

Second Place: “Bottle Inhabitants”

This design is simple, unique and humorous. The egg-shaped “bottle inhabitants” are annoyed by the filling of the anti-bottle, but who can resist these cute characters?

Third Place: “Fantastic Tap Water”

Implied by its title, this design promotes “fantastic tap water” through a series of depictions, including: “the sea snake and Robinson Crusoe”; “the dangerous deep sea fish”; “the octopus and the stranded pirate”; “the little mermaid”; “the crab and the walker”; and “the black shark in the pouring rain.” The artist calls them “freaks of the Caribbean.” And if you’re ever stranded on an island surrounded by salt water like the creatures in these depictions, you’ll need a taste of refreshing, healthy tap water from your Vapur anti-bottle.

Fourth Place: “World Changers Collection”

This design features a series of halftone portraits of people who have changed the way the world thinks, including: Mahatma Ghandi, Abraham Lincoln, Charlie Chaplin, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Theresa. The back of each bottle features a typed quote by the person depicted on the front. The idea is simple, yet revolutionary, as the quotes are relevant to positive future change, which is the whole reason behind the Vapur anti-bottle as a product.

Fifth Place: “Relation Between Plants and Water”

This double-faced design features two main types of plants – a cactus and a leaf. The cactus bottle design represents a source of water, while the leaf bottle design represents a need for water. The water level in the bottle can be seen through the leaf’s transparent veins or through the cactus’s prickly spines.

Sixth Place: “Small World”

The artist has included three different, yet related designs in which the front of the bottle features a creature (either a fish, a deer or a plant) surrounded by a globe-shaped cloud of plastic waste, underneath the text: “My World is Getting Smaller Every Day.” On the back of the bottle, the creature has been freed from this cloud, and sits underneath the text “If Your YOU Changes, its World Changes.” Once again, the world-changing impact of the Vapur anti-bottle in general is a part of the bottle design itself. Nice work.

The “Artist Series” bottles will be available in 2011. In the meantime, purchase the Vapur anti-bottle in one of five different colors from Filters Fast for a discounted price.