Tag Archives: Plastics Reduction

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.
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

Using Reusable Water Bottles: Five Tips for a Successful Switch

nobottledwaterUsing reusable water bottles is a smart decision! They’re better for the environment than disposable bottles, because they generate less waste. They’re better for your wallet, because tap water costs less money. And, they’re better for your body, because you’ll always have a trusty water bottle at your side!

Are you ready to make the switch to using reusable bottles, but aren’t sure how to turn that idea into practice? Here are some tips to get you started: Continue reading

Recycled, Recyclable, Reusable—What’s the Difference, Anyway?

america_recycles_day.jpgNovember 15 has marked America Recycles Day since 1997. It’s the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling in the United States.

But what’s the difference between a recycled water bottle, a bottle that’s recyclable, and a reusable water bottle? The three words are often interchanged, but they shouldn’t be.

A recycled bottle has been made from materials that have been previously used. These “materials” are often referred to as post-industrial waste and post-consumer waste.

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World Oceans Day 2013 is Coming

The Eleventh Annual World Oceans Day is coming! On June 8, join millions of people around the world to celebrate the water that links us all.

Ocean_Conservancy_Ocean_TrashSince 2002, The Ocean Project and The World Ocean Network have worked together to coordinate events worldwide. World Oceans Day encourages individuals to think about what the ocean means to them, and how it can be conserved for future generations. When we learn how our daily actions affect the ocean and its inhabitants, we can begin to make changes—even small modifications to everyday habits—that will benefit the ocean.

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