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Plastic Bottled Water: Banned in San Francisco

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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.”

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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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Why is Plastic Bottled Water So Expensive?

Crazy fact of the Day: Plastic bottled water is between two hundred and forty and ten thousand times as expensive as tap water!

Crazy Fact of the Day 2: For every liter of plastic bottled water we consume, an additional two liters of water are used in its production! 

Facts like these make the entire Aquahealth team proud to offer an earth-friendly Sustainable Bottled Water Program that eliminates the waste associated with plastic bottled water.


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Bottled Water Hurts Both the Planet and your Wallet

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If Albert Einstein were alive today, there are many things about our 21st century society that would confuse him. Our collective fascination with selfies, check-out lines, and the Kardashians would confuse even a great mind like Einstein. However, if you were to explain to Einstein that Americans spend billions of dollars a year on water transported over long distances in small, plastic bottles, he would think our society was collectively insane. 

Suzanne Havala Hobbs, an associate professor of Health Policy and Management at UNC Chapel-Hill, recently wrote about why we should all ditch bottled water. The reasons are simple: One, its horrible for the environment. Most bottled water comes in small, plastic bottles that end up in landfills. As well, the environmental cost of transporting bottled water over long distances is enormous.

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The second reason is that by buying bottled water, you’re hurting your wallet. Spending a dollar or more on bottled of water on a daily basis gets expensive fast. You can save money by getting a reusable water bottle and ditching the plastic.

Imagine if we all used a reusable water bottle: Our wallets would be thicker, the environment would be better off, and Einstein’s hair wouldn’t be raised so high. A win-win all around!

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Earth Friendly, Green Living: Compost, Recycle, Reuse and Donate.

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Compost, Recycle, Reuse and Donate

This Holiday season is approaching quickly as is the cold weather.  Have you already heard the sleigh bells jingling, seen a partridge in a pear tree, hung the mistletoe and decorated the Christmas tree?   Everyone always has a lot going on during the holiday rush, but I’m here to tell you not to forget to compost, recycle, reuse and donate what you are done using.

Even though most of us have experienced the first frost of winter you can still be using your compost pile in the garden or your back yard.  It just needs a little more TLC when it gets chilly outside.  You can build a shelter for your compost pile to keep the warmth in or dig a hole and place all your compost in their till spring, covering it with a piece of wood.  The Great Vancouver Regional District has built a great shelter for their compost; you can get the detailed plan here.

Here are a few things that you can use for compost:

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1)    Food scraps

2)    Fur from your furry friends or hair from your own brush

3)    Bills, junk mail and newspapers

4)    Paper products: towels, napkins, plates

5)    Breads, pasta & rice

6)    Used coffee grounds and tea bags

7)    Lint from the dryer

8)    From the yard: leaves, branches and yard waste

For all other things you can’t compost you can recycle, reuse or donate them.  Entertaining is a staple during the busy holiday season and not everyone has time to wash and dry every dish so they use paper or plastic dishes and cutlery.  Instead of throwing them away this holiday season look at the number on the bottom of the plastics and see if you are able to recycle it in your community.

Plastic numbers go from 1-7, they are located on the bottom of your plastic containers, a few you might find during the holidays:

#1 PET (drinks, bottled water)

#2 HDPE (Milk cartons, detergent, yogurt)

#3 PVC (Plastic Wrap, Vegetable oils)

#4 LDPE (Produce bags, bread bags, squeezable bottles)

#5 PP (Ketchup, medicine, straws)

#6 PS (CD Jackets, egg cartons, foam peanuts)

#7 Other (Tupperware, 3-5 gallon reusable water bottles)

For more information on what plastics you can recycle please visit Earth 911.

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You can always choose to reuse products you have for something else.  The most sustainable way to reuse something is to turn it into something else.  A few ideas for the holidays are making ornaments, reusing scrap gift wrap and fabric to dress up a gift, create holiday boxes and tins, and an eco-friendly gift could be something you make yourself, for instance a reusable tote from a pillowcase you no longer use.  Those are just a few ideas.  There are so many unique ideas out there to make reusable gifts.  You can reuse so many everyday items in your home to make something beautiful.  When paper, plastic and other recyclables get picked up and recycled and turned into new things there is a number of times certain things can be reused.

Plastic- Often, only one time into the same thing, but depends on the plastic.

Aluminum- cans can be recycled infinitely.

Paper- 5-7 times into new paper.

Copper and Steel- Infinitely

Cardboard- Stronger than regular paper it can be used more often to make new things.

Glass- Infinitely

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So do your part to recycle in your community and in your travels, but know there are so many creative things you can do at home to make something old into something new.

Now we all know we don’t have an endless number of hours to be crafting and making things into new to us items, and that’s when donating old, well taken care of, items is great.  Donating your old household, kitchen, living, bedroom, and bath items as well as clothing, shoes and accessories to local and national organizations can make someone who is less fortunate or thrifty have a wonderful holiday season as well.  Sometimes something we see as old or used can be considered vintage to another.

So let’s regroup.  This holiday were all going to be proactive, not only with donating, reusing and recycling but also starting a winter compost pile that will then turn into a spring compost pile making great soil for planting May flowers.

Enjoy your holiday.

Keep it earth friendly and green!

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