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Plastic Bottled Water: Banned in San Francisco

Ban the Bottle

San Francisco, CA has just joined Concord, MA in banning the sale of single-use plastic bottled water. San Francisco’s ban was spearheaded by the Think Outside the Bottle Campaign, who successfully pressured city Board of Supervisors into adopting the ban.

For the moment, the San Francisco ban only applies to sales that occur on city property, however, according to Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, more restrictions may follow in the future. Chiu stated last week that: “If we can do this on public property and folks understand that this is absolutely doable, then we can look at next steps.”

AquaHealth Bottles

With AquaHealth, the hospitality industry can increase profits and green their business at the same time.Thankfully, for the hospitality industry in San Francisco, AquaHealth’s Sustainable BottledQuality Water on Demand program enables them to continue to offer bottled quality water to their patrons while increasing profits. Our program ditches plastic bottles, the focus of the ban, and gives restaurants and hotels the ability to produce bottled quality water on-site that is served in our reusable, earth-friendly, glass bottles.

With AquaHealth, the hospitality industry can increase profits and green their business at the same time.

 

 

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Why Plastic Water Bottles Blow for Our Oceans

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Yet another reason to ditch plastic water bottles. The world’s oceans suffer because of how much plastic water bottles we use. Courtesy of One World, One Ocean.

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Ban-the-bottle At Home

Okay so I started a project at home, ban-the-bottle.  Schools and corporate offices are doing it all over the county so I decided I should start at home. I went out and bought a 2.5 gallon jug of water, the type that slides into the fridge and you push the nozzle to get water.  Because picking up a jug and pouring it into a glass would prove too difficult to those I love and live with.  I also went out and purchased an Ello glass reusable water bottle that actually looks like a water bottle.  You can find them at your local Target in a variety of colors between $12.99 - $14.99. 

Ello Glass bottles

So the test began.  I washed the bottle and then had a sit down chat about how using this one glass reusable bottle would cut down on our bottled water waste in our home and cut down on the cost.  Bottled water is like $3.99 and up for a case.  I really emphasized how water tastes so much better in glass then it does in plastic, it even says it on the label.

Now I have been a long time user of reusable bottles, especially the glass one I have now. It is with me at all times, just like how you bring your cell phone and purse with you everywhere, you will get accustomed to bringing a reusable glass bottle with you everywhere.  Now that we are heading into warmer months it is especially important to stay hydrated with some cold H20.  You can always throw in some fruit to do a little water infusion if you get tired of plain old water.  I use lemons, limes, strawberries, watermelon, mint leaves, basil, anything really that’s in the fridge or in my garden.  Using mason jars as a reusable water bottle/jar is a great idea to infuse water in. You can find them pretty much anywhere, they are inexpensive and glass.

fruit infused water in mason jars

So, Ken, has always been adamant about drinking water out of plastic bottles, right from the store.  It kills me to buy individual bottled water at the grocery store because personally I am so against it.  But we do things we don’t always like or love for the ones we like and love.  This is why I finally decided enough and bought the 2.5 gallon container.  It is way less plastic, fits nicely in the fridge and it is cold.  Ice cold water is always nice to have after coming in after cutting the grass or playing fetch outside with Stella. 

Now in the past I have had a Brita water pitcher with the filter and I have a fridge that dispenses water that you need to change the filter, but all this has never worked and Ken has always stuck with the bottled H2O.  So buying the slide in gallon seemed to be the last straw and hey it worked.  He’s actually been using his Ello bottle and really likes that it looks like a water bottle (you’d buy in the store) and hey he even thinks the water tastes better in glass.

So this summer I’m asking everyone who reads my blog to try to ban-the-bottle at home.  I am going to be working on my friends next, which could be a big project seeing that ahh yikes, dare I say… they don’t even recycle.  Ahh!  Little steps… little steps… as long as they are steps in the right direction. 

Let me know how your mission goes to ban-the-bottle at home at info@aquahealth.com, http://twitter.com/aquahealthwater or www.facebook.com/aquahealthinc, you can also find us on http://pinterest.com/aquahealth33 for more sustainable projects and earth friendly ideas.

BPA free reusable bottles

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Greener Bottled Water

Reveal the truth about the bottled water industryAll across America we hear of the dangers bottled water poses to our environment and our health.  Blogs, newspaper and magazine articles, Youtube videos and television are broadcasting what will happen to our planet if the world doesn’t stop pouring on the plastic. The multi-billion dollar bottled water industry doesn’t want us to know how serious this problem is, because they make money off of our ignorance.  Thankfully there are many non-profit organizations across America who are working to reveal the truth. Due to their efforts, we now have powerful and viable solutions to the growing plastic and water problems.

Take Back The Tap PledgeFood and Water Watch is one such non-profit working to educate Americans about sustainable practices. This group has launched a powerful campaign called Take Back the Tap, which focuses on choosing tap water over the bottled water brands, and reinvesting in America’s water systems. The Take Back the Tap Pledge sends a message to the bottled water industries and to our local governments telling them that we are not happy with the mess that surrounds us and that changes must be made.

naive to the dangers of bottled waterOnce the darling of the beverage industry, bottled water can no longer mask its warts. Other than being convenient, it possesses no other redeeming qualities. Not too long ago it would have been craziness to sell bottled water, but now it has become part of our culture. Americans shell out a fortune each year to keep the bottled water habit alive. On average we are spending $28,000,000,000 a year on mountain spring water that doesn’t actually come from mountain springs! We have been deceived through grand marketing schemes to believe that our bottled water is crystal clear, sourced from pristine pools on remote islands. Sadly, those lovely pictures on the bottled water labels are misleading, as more than 25 percent of all bottled water is just repackaged tap water, some being filtered and some not. Two popular bottled water brands on the market right now are Aquafina and Dasani, and both are just plain old filtered tap water.describe the image

Many of us don’t realize that America has some of the cleanest public water in the world because of the EPA’s strict regulations for purity of tap water. We have been brainwashed to believe that tap water is dirty and harmful to our health, but it isn’t true. describe the imageWater packaged in plastic...THAT is the dirty, harmful water. Bisphenol A, abbreviated BPA is a toxic substance found in plastic. When plastic comes in contact with water, BPA leaches into the water source, contaminating it.  This compound has been found to cause spontaneous miscarriages, cancer, and birth defects, including  Down Syndrome.  It is extremely harmful to our health, and it is found in the bottled water we drink.

Dealing with the environmental, health and financial woes of traditional bottled water isn’t worth it.  But taking back the tap in our homes, schools, offices, restaurants, hotels, malls, airports and parks, is.  If we want our planet and ourselves to be healthy for a very long time, it’s time to reach for Greener Bottled Water.  Let’s say goodbye to the money sucking and earth damaging bottled water industry and start bottling up our own water. It is really quite simple and unbelievably affordable to create Greener Bottled Water. We just need to get our water from the tap, purify it on the spot using one of the many filtration options now on the market, and bottle it up in reusable, plastic-free containers. That’s all there is to it!

ride the wave to a cleaner planetWater that costs Americans ridiculous amounts of money, and damages both our bodies and our planet is not Smart Water. The tide has turned and there’s a Greener Bottled Water wave to ride.  I’m on it…are you?

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