Tag Archives: Plastics Reduction

Plastic Bottled Water Consumption: Let’s Talk About It

Many of us, if not all of us, are already aware of the movement against single-use plastics and plastic bottles. Sustainability and eco-friendly initiatives have taken hold within a lot of different industries and demographics as consumers trend towards reusable alternatives. Although a lot of people are changing their habits and working to avoid single-use plastic, the issue of single-use plastic consumption, specifically plastic bottled water consumption, is extremely pressing. Let’s talk about it!  Continue reading

Recycling Facts: So What Is The Best Water Bottle?

recycle_plantWe often are asked, “What is the best aluminum water bottle?” or “What is the best stainless water bottle?” The answer is: the best reusable bottle is the one that stops a plastic water bottle from ending up in a landfill.

It’s more important than ever to make sustainable choices in our lives, and an easy place to start is with our drinkware. Single-use plastics pose risks to our health as well as the wellbeing of the planet. Opting for reusable water bottles is a small but significant change you can make daily! If you’re not quite convinced yet, here are some recycling facts for you to ponder. Continue reading

Reduce Your Waste with Reusable Plastic Water Bottles

Reusable Plastic Water BottlesIt’s the New Year and we’re all trying to stick to our resolutions. Maybe you want to go to the gym more or spend less money. Our New Year’s resolution is to cut down on our waste and plastics usage! Reusable plastic water bottles help us keep our goal and stay hydrated.

It might seem crazy that the answer to plastics reduction would be reusable plastic water bottles, but it’s not! Reusable plastic water bottles are stronger than single-use plastics. If you want to read more about water bottle materials check out our blog post here. We also make sure that all our reusable plastic water bottles are BPA-free since we care about your health and safety. Continue reading

Plastic Straw Bans: When Regulation Goes Too Far

Plastic Straw BansYou know how some corporations and municipalities have banned (or are thinking about banning) disposable plastic straws? Yeah, so…about those straw bans. There is definitely more than one side of the story to consider.

Ok, so there’s plastic pollution. That’s a fact. Straws are plastic, and they’re certainly turning up in oceans, lakes, and other waterways. So, for people who want to see humans consume less plastic, straws are a pretty easy target.

Estimates vary as to how much plastic straw pollution is out there. One report suggests they make up more than 7% of the plastics found in the U.S. by piece. There’s also a stat floating around about how Americans use over 500 million plastic straws a day. Know where this came from? A 9-year-old boy’s telephone poll (from 2011). It goes without saying that there’s major scientific uncertainty over THAT number! Continue reading

No More Disposable Water Bottle Bans at National Parks

Since 2011, we have been talking about the National Park Service’s efforts to reduce waste, cut trash removal costs, and encourage the use of refillable bottles on federal lands. Twenty-three of the 417 sites, including the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Mount Rushmore, decided to outright prohibit the sale of disposable water bottles in shops, hotels and vending machines.

That all came to a screeching halt this week, as the NPS announced that, effective immediately, it will no longer allow water bottle bans at its parks. Continue reading

Reusable Water Bottle Fill Stations: San Francisco Businesses Join Forces

SFO Bottle fillerLast year, San Francisco strengthened its eco-conscious stance by passing an ordinance banning the sale of plastic water bottles on city-owned property. The measure, dovetailed with the city’s plastic bag ban, takes aim at single-use plastics in the city.

We’re actually not sure why anyone would opt out of using a reusable water bottle, as San Francisco has some of the best water in the world. It originates from pristine snowmelt in Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park. Unlike bottled water, the city’s tap water costs less than half a penny per gallon, is quality tested over 100,000 times a year, and goes straight to the tap!

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Is the Drink Up Campaign Bad for Our Environment?

1176247_163711623835029_406430081_nHave you heard of Michelle Obama’s Drink Up initiative? Well, it launched about a year ago as a collaboration with Partnership for a Healthier America and promotes water consumption with kids.

Of course, we think this is a powerful, positive movement. BUT organizers have joined forces with the American Beverage Association to help get the message out and make water “hip” with America’s youth. Do you see the problem? If you guessed that tap water isn’t a product offered by the American Beverage Association, you’re right.

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Insulated Tumbler or Acrylic Tumbler with Straw: What’s The Difference?

Our Insulated Tumbler with Straw and Acrylic Tumbler with Straw look to be the same, but there are several key differences between the two that may dictate which product works best for your needs. Read our owner’s take on these two popular “bottles”.

When I first saw the Insulated Tumbler at a trade show earlier this year, I wasn’t crazy about it.  I reguarly use our Acrylic Tumbler with Straw, and I really like it for iced water and iced coffee, and the Insulated Tumbler seemed, well, cheaper (it is…by nearly $2!).  The polypropylene material is softer than the hard acrylic tumbler, and I had a hard time believing that this type of double wall tumbler would have any insulating properties (keep reading, because I was wrong!).

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Promotional Water Bottles Work!

Promotional Water Bottles WorkFor years, we’ve been saying that people (and camels!) love free stuff! And they do! But, how long does that love affair last? Well, that depends on the product, Generally speaking, however, nearly half of the recipients keep it for a year or more!

Did you know that 53% of consumers use promotional products every week? Considering that water bottles can last for years—and be used every day—this bodes well for your promotional water bottles campaign!

The best part? 76% of people who own, say, a promotional water bottle, can remember where it came from and what the message is—whether they have it in front of them (which is kind of cheating…) or not! That’s money well spent.

So, if you’ve been kicking around the idea of using promotional water bottles for your company, school, or nonprofit…chances are your project will be well received AND remembered for a long time to come.

Why Is National Park Service Slow to Adopt Plastic Water Bottle Bans?

In 2010, we told you about Colorado National Monument’s ban on the sale of disposable water bottles. What we didn’t tell you is that the ban nearly fell apart in the eleventh hour. Dasani Water made a big push to stop the ban—and almost succeeded—just days before it was to go into effect.
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At the same time, National Park Service abandoned its plan to end disposable water product sales in 75 percent of all visitor facilities by 2016. Continue reading