Plastic Water Bottles Are Destroying Our Oceans

Plastic Water Bottles Are Destroying Our Oceans

That’s right. Plastic water bottles are literally destroying our environment, and the most heartbreaking part about it? There are so many other better, healthier, and environmentally-friendly alternatives to single-use plastic bottles.

Right now the average American throws away almost 185 pounds of plastic per year, and only a 5% of that is able to actually be recycled.

“There are billions of pounds of plastic floating around in oceans and other bodies of water, making up about 40% of the world’s surface.”

Plastic contributes to around 90% of all of the trash found in the ocean, and that floating plastic secretes harmful toxins into the soil and water, destroying animal habitats and killing one million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals per year.

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90% of the trash floating in the ocean is plastic waste

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44% of all seabirds have been found with plastic on them

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80% of all single-use plastic bottles become litter

Plastic is not biodegradable, and when you use plastic bottles, you are contributing the 35 billion plastic bottles that are being thrown away each year.  The further add to the problem, plastic takes anywhere from 500 to 1,000 years to degrade.

This means that the plastic water bottle that you bought before your track race will likely float in the ocean or sit in a landfill for around 800 years before it fully degrades.

 

So what exactly can you do about it?

The best thing you can do is avoid plastic bottles altogether. Instead, try a reusable glass growler bottle. It is better for the environment, saves you money, is better for your health (no chemicals) and looks genuinely cool.

Reusable growler bottles are made of glass and do not need to be thrown away after one use. If you do wish to dispose of your growler bottle, it is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity. Recycled glass can be substituted for 90% of raw materials, and can actually be used to make glass products again. Recycled glass containers are always needed because glass manufacturers require high-quality recycled container glass to meet market demands for new glass containers. When you used glass bottles, (even if you opt to recycle them after one or two uses), you are helping to save  more than a ton of natural resources for every ton of glass recycled.

“But no!” you say, “Growler bottles are so expensive! I don’t want to spend $20 on a glass bottle from a hipster boutique website!” And to that, my eco-conscious friend, I say “nay.”

Fresh Water Systems sells all different types of growler bottles in singles and in bulk for way cheaper than any specialty store. I’m talking less-thank-3-dollars-for-a-single-bottle-cheaper. And if you don’t want a glass growler bottle, FWS also has Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Bottles, and Neo Vas Stainless Steel Bottles, all for a great price and in various sizes. 

So there really is nothing stopping you for sparing your great-great-great-great grandchildren from having to deal with your single-use disposable plastic bottles.

 

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Reduce Your Risk for Breast Cancer: Go BPA-Free!

Reduce Your Risk for Breast Cancer: Go BPA-Free!

10-1-national-breast-cancer-awarenessOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is a great reminder for you or someone you love to take the time to reduce the risks of breast cancer. Breastcancer.org writes that “1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer at sometime in their lives.” To promote early detection, women should practice regular self-check programs and get recommended mammograms. The  National Breast Cancer Awareness Month website features a list of locations where women can get low cost screenings for both breast and cervical cancers.

There are many factors that can contribute to a woman’s risk of breast cancer. Family history can be a contributing factor, but other things can raise a woman’s risk of cancer. These variable factors are ones that women (and the men who love them) can work to reduce. Exercise and healthy habits like not smoking can decrease the risk of breast cancer.

But scientists have been discovering that environmental factors can also contribute to a person’s cancer risk, including exposure to toxic chemicals, like pesticides. One chemical has been proven in numerous studies to increase cancer is bisphenol A, known as BPA.

This chemical is used in making polycarbonate plastic. This plastic is used in many household products including plastic food storage containers, baby bottles, and in the linings of food cans. BPA is an endocrine-disrupting chemical that can cause abnormal development of cells in babies and children, which can continue into adulthood. As shown in the booklet put out by Breast Cancer Fund.org, BPA has even been proven to inhibit the efficacy of chemotherapy treatment after breast cancer has been found.
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BPA is in many things in your home, but one way to begin to eliminate its presence while reducing the risk of breast cancer for women and young girls, is to replace water,  juice bottles, and baby bottles with glass, stainless steel or BPA-free plastic. Baby bottles should be BPA-free as they are often heated, which can cause the dangerous chemical to leach out into the liquid. Many versions of commercially bottled water are also packaged in BPA bottles. Replace these disposable water bottles with a stainless steel water bottle. These are refillable, cost-saving, and BPA-free.

Another way to reduce exposure to BPA is to use products that are BPA-free. Freshwatersystems.com offers the innovative, Swift Green Refrigerator Filters that are the only replacement refrigerator water filter that offers BPA-free and eco-friendly construction. So, do yourself or the women you love a favor and go beyond the pink this month. Help to reduce the risk of breast cancer by going BPA-free.

 

Oct. 14, 2013: RECENT UPDATE:

Not only has BPA been linked to cancer, but now it seems to be very dangerous to unborn babies. A study recently released has also shown that women with higher BPA levels in their blood are more likely to miscarry.

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Want to Lose Weight and Think Better? Drink Water!

Want to Lose Weight and Think Better? Drink Water!

Glass of filtered waterFeeling thirsty? Your body craves water for several reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is because a large percentage of your body is made out of water. Recently, two studies came out that proved that drinking more water can have specific health benefits.

1. Drinking water can help you lose weight.

In a recent study, scientists discovered that those who drink water before they eat a meal will lose an average of four more pounds than those who did not. The cause of this weight loss was not clear; perhaps drinking water before the meal actually tells the brain you are less thirsty, which means that you will eat less food. Additionally, Americans tend to drink about 400 to 500 calories daily in high calorie drinks. Replacing these with the first zero calorie drink (water) is a great way to reduce calories quickly and easily, and therefore, lose weight!

2. Drinking more water can help you act smarter.

“About 80% of your brain is made out of water, says Dr. Caroline Edmonds, who is a psychologist at the University of East London. Edmonds was quoted in a recent article in the Telegraph

touting the brain benefits of drinking water.

Edmonds and her colleagues performed a study that found that adults were far quicker to react and could complete complex mental tasks easier and with more success after drinking water. Those who were deprived of water before the tests were significantly slower in reaction and comprehension times. One reason for this may be that being thirsty actually takes brain power. She suggested that before doing complicated tasks, drinking water will help the task go quicker and easier.

Healthier and Smarter? So how can you drink more water during your day?

This blog has 23 great tips on how to drink more water. Here’s some that we like:

  • Make sure to drink a full glass after each trip to the restroom.
  • Bring a 2 liter bottle of water with you to work. Make sure you drink it before you go back home.
  • Drink a full glass before and after each meal.
  • Carry a water bottle with you so that you can refill it when it gets empty.

If you need a water bottle to help you lose weight and be smarter, check out our great selection at Fresh Water Systems. We offer various sizes of water bottles from a perfect desk sized 18 oz. to the perfect picnic sized 40 oz.

Currently, our 27 oz. Tritan Sports Bottles are on sale for a great choice to help you on your way to being a healthier and smart you!

 

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Dorm Essentials: Will your college student’s water be safe?

Dorm Essentials: Will your college student’s water be safe?

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Fireworks, picnics, and baseball games–July 4th has come and gone, and summer is almost over. Kids will be going back to school soon, and college freshmen will soon be traveling to their chosen campus. They will meet their new roommates, decide on which classes to take, and learn how to navigate a new town or city.

The shopping list for your student’s new apartment or dorm room probably includes new linens, notebooks, and maybe even a laptop. But, have you thought about whether or not your student will have access to good, clean water?

Colleges and universities usually have two options for student housing: residence halls that are owned and maintained by the university or private apartments selected by the student. Depending on the age of the apartment building or dormitory hall and the source of the tap water, your student may be at risk for exposure to lead, chlorine, bacteria and other contaminants that could be damaging to his or her health. How can you avoid these contaminants and make sure that your newly-minted high school graduate will be safe? Here are a few steps you can take to provide your college student with the best and safest water possible:

Step 1: Find out more about the tap water

The first step to protecting your college student is finding out more about the source of water. For example, if your student is going to college in Los Angeles, CA, he or she might be exposed to high levels of cancer-causing “THMs” and even Arsenic.

  • Contact the college or university and ask them for information. A small amount of colleges and universities have begun to realize the need for filtered water and may already provide it in cafeterias or student lounges.
  • Read the most recent customer confidence reports for the municipality where your college student’s future alma mater is located. This research will provide you with the
    information needed to decide the best water filtration system.

Step 2: Give your college student an easy to use product that will provide great tasting, filtered water.

1. If your student’s new home has water that tastes and smells like chlorine, OmniFilterbut has few other contaminants, the easiest solution is to give him or her an OmniFilter PF500 Water Filter Pitcher. For just $30.98 (not including shipping), this pitcher and  water filter 3 pack will provide the college student with an easy to use solution for filtered water. This product even includes an electronic change indicator, that reminds the user when it is time to change the carbon filter.

For tap water that contains more hard to remove contaminants like pesticides, bacteria, or lead, a different water filtration system is needed. Here are three options that will work nicely in a dormroom or apartment:

2. Culligan FM-15A Faucet Filter    Culligan FM15A

  •  Reduces lead, cysts, and other contaminants.
  •  Easy to install, only $19.99  (before shipping).
  • Filter must be changed every 2-3 months.

3. AquaCera HCP Countertop Ceramic Drinking Water Filter SystemHCP-AquaCera

  • Reduces 99.99% of pathogenic organisms (including E. Coli, etc.).
  • Reduces chlorine, lead, arsenic, and other contaminants.
  • Easy installation that requires no under the sink plumbing.
  • Costs $99.99 (not including shipping).
  • Ceramic filter candle will only need replacing after 6 months to a 1 year.

4. Nimbus Water Maker Mini RO System Watermakermini

  • Reduces 96% of Total Dissolved Solids (includes nitrates and other chemicals).
  • Fits simply and easily over the faucet.
  • Costs $98.99 (not including shipping).
  • Interior membrane filter cartridge lasts for about 1 year.

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Don’t forget to get a reusable, stainless-steel water bottle with a Neo-Tote that will let your college student carry along this great tasting, filtered water!

 


 

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Can You Guess Where in the World is the Water Bottle?

Where in the world is the water bottle? FreshWaterSystems.com is holding a contest where you guess the location of the Tritan water bottle and win a Free one. How do you enter? Examine the image post with the name of the location, within the week, and you could win. There will be 4 postings over the next 4 weeks, so if you do win this time, be sure to check back next week for the new image and another chance to win a BPA Free water bottle.

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Winter is over; spring is here, and things are in full bloom. For a large majority of people, this is one of the best times of the year. We finally get to escape our homes and get a chance to enjoy some of our favorite activities. If you have children, then you will likely be involved with sports like baseball and soccer. This is one of the best times of the year to go camping, hiking, and cycling. Maybe take a weekend trip to the beach or the ball park. No matter where you are going, taking a reusable Tritan water bottle will come in handy.

These water bottles hold 27oz. of fluid, are BPA-free, and were developed for people on the go. Since they have been designed to fit into car cup holders, bicycle bottle holders, and backpacks, these bottles are a necessity when running errands or traveling. The Tritan sports water bottles are dishwasher safe, which means they are strong, durable, and most importantly, reusable.

By using a refillable water bottle, you can help reduce the number of one-time-use plastic water bottles that are disposed of in landfills. One report estimates 30 million plastic bottles are discarded each day. That means that 10 billion bottles are being discarded annually. If being eco-friendly is not enough to persuade you to ditch bottled water, then think about this: Using a Tritan water bottle filled with water from a drinking water filter system gives you better quality water than bottled water . . . and can save you an average of $500 per person per year!

Enter our “Where in the World is the Water Bottle?” contest, where you can win a water bottle and exercise your brain, too. This contest illustrates how versatile the brightly colored Tritan water bottles are and how they can be taken anywhere and everywhere. Look at the picture we have posted and guess where in the world the water bottle is. If you guess correctly, you might just win one! Over the next four weeks, we will post a picture on our Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest profiles. This picture will have a water bottle and a physical location. Examine the image. Guess the location, simply reply to the post with the location within the week, and you could win. Post what you think is the right answer…the person posting before you may or may not be correct! One winner will be chosen from all those with the correct answers. The winner will be contacted and we will send them a FREE water bottle. If you would like to purchase some bottles now, we are offering a special 40% off coupon for a limited time. So go ahead and replace your old water filters, get the 40% off coupon code, check out the Tritan water bottles at and then place your order.

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10 days before Christmas from the Water Filter Experts Fresh Water Systems

Tis 10 days before Christmas and all through the house, Fresh Water Systems has water filtration products that are practical gifts and items that can help when holiday guests visit your house.

Water-bottle-steel-giftTis 10 days before Christmas and all through the house, Fresh Water Systems has water filtration products that are practical gifts and items that can help when holiday guests visit your house. Over the next 10 days we will be showcasing 10 different water filter and filtration items from our online store that customer have commented on as some of their favorites used during the holidays.

The first item on the Fresh Water Systems 10 Days of Christmas gift ideas list is the Neo Vas stainless steel water bottle and Neo Tote Bottle Koozie. For the past several years there have been many news stories about the benefits of using steel water bottles over plastic ones. We all know about the biodegradable issues of plastics and how these plastic bottles keep filling landfills and our oceans. If the environmental issue is not enough to make someone reconsider stop using plastic water bottles, there have also been scientists and researchers explaining the potential hazards of having the chemical from plastics (BPA) leached into the water from long storage or over exposure to heat. As we see more and more people using these eco-friendly water bottles such as Neo Vas, Kleen Kanteen, and Stigg, there still lays one inherent issue, how do you we keep that water, juice, or sports drink cold? Since many of these steel water bottles are manufactured with a single wall of steel, condensation on the outside of the bottle makes them hard to handle and creates a watery mess.

If you look at the size and diameter of a common Koozie, you will quickly realize that a steel water bottle will not fit, and even if it does it will not efficiently insulate the liquids inside from temperature change. Enter the New Neo Tote; Insulated water bottle holder from FreshWaterSystems.com. The Neo Tote fits and protects all Neo Vas, Klean Kanteen Classic and most SIGG Water Bottles. Furthermore, the Neo Tote is made of durable neoprene that can insulate cold drinks for hours, features a front zipper that allows you to quickly insert or remove the bottle, and it is machine washable. Making the Neo Tote an even better gift is the 10 different colors that are offered, allowing you to personalize your water bottle with your favorite color.

This is a great stocking stuffer for Christmas, and allows you to give an Eco-friendly gift this year that will be used over and over again.

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