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Like dolphins, whales, seagulls? Then you must Rise Above Plastics

September 3rd, 2013

See those cases and cases of plastic bottled water? You may look right past them, because they’re always there, a ubiquitous presence in most grocery stores. And yet they’re not benign. Not even close. They’re toxic and we’ve got a visual to demonstrate.


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House of Representatives spending thousands on bottled water?

February 4th, 2011

Frugal meet frivolous. But the players are not who you think. Those Washington lawmakers wielding the budget ax have revealed a frivolous underbelly.

And it’s caught the eye of a frugal watchdog group, whose supporters are pushing back at members of the House of Representatives for wasting money on bottled water.

As non-green habits go, bottled water has become a difficult one to defend. Once we Americans thought we needed this purportedly healthier water. Then we found out that most of the water being sold back to us often came from the public tap. It was a marketing, not a health, success. And the whole process was a big energy drain. Bottled water takes an environmental toll at every juncture — when the bottle is made, filled, shipped and then discarded to the landfill. And of all the many green changes we can make, this one is as easy as rediscovering your home’s tap water.


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12 portable water filters/pitchers that can purify your tap water

August 23rd, 2010

Ready to banish the plastic water bottle? You can choose to drink water straight from the tap, which the federal government says is largely safe, or you can filter that tap water for contaminants and chemicals, and to freshen the taste.
If you choose to filter you be joining an apparent migration away from disposable bottled water to more efficient home filtering. The estimated revenue for the water-filter pitcher/carafe market last year was $183 million (excluding Walmart), a 24 percent growth rate since 2005, according to one research group.
There are at least a dozen systems to choose from, starting with market-leader Brita (owned by Clorox), which has dominated the water-filter pitcher market in the U.S. for years, and including number two seller, PUR, and an array of other big and boutique brands. All offer a variety of styles, safeguards, bells and whistles.
Here are the highlights of 12 brands on the market:


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Harris Poll finds many Americans are actively green, others have not signed up

October 13th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

The latest Harris Poll on green behavior in America is a good news/bad news story.

The good news: Most people have done something that’s green, by recycling a computer or cell phone; switching to tap water from bottled; made their home more energy efficient in some way.

The bad news: Only a tiny fraction of US residents (2 percent) own hybrid cars and vast numbers of people have not “engaged” in most of the green activities the survey asked about, like for example composting (only 17 percent do), walking or biking to work (15 percent), or even getting a low flow shower head (17 percent).


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Culligan introduces bottle-less water coolers

July 9th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

The move away from bottled water has become a strong undertow in America, and now one of the leaders in packaged water is making a play for customers who want purified water – but without all the plastic.

Culligan is introducing a line of bottle-less water coolers that are designed to serve homes or small businesses. The new “point-of-service” water coolers rely on the building’s existing water sources (i.e., the tap water) but run it through a series of filters from Culligan’s Aqua Kleer line. The filter system can be customized to fit the particular needs of the area and the desires of the user.


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New York state government will restrict use of bottled water

May 12th, 2009

By Laura Elizabeth May
Green Right Now

David Paterson, Governor of New York, issued an executive order May 5th restricting the use of bottled water at state facilities and promoting executive agency sustainability.

The order will phase out the use of state funds to purchase single-serve bottles of water. Eventually, the state will purchase cooler-sized bottles of water and state agencies will provide tap water fountains and dispensers. The order gives government agencies 180 days to develop and begin implementation of a plan to eliminate the use of single-serve bottled waters.


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Bottled water: no better than tap

October 15th, 2008

By Barbara Kessler

It’s no secret Americans are suckers for convenience. Consider how we’re losing the ability to make our own coffee. Or the fact that there are 2.8 cup holders per passenger in U.S.-made cars.

Of course what we’re putting in those cup holders may prove to be the most successful of convenience gambits, the plastic bottle of water. Once we got water from wells and then the tap; now we have factories bottle it up, package it, truck it around and then sell it to us. But you know that story.

Here’s a new one: That clear plastic marvel of modern marketing probably contains nothing much more than plain old tap water from somewhere that may or may not have been filtered as well as the water you could get from your own tap.

At the risk of sounding like Joe Biden, let’s say that again: It may or may not have been filtered as well as your own tap water.

That’s the gist of findings by the Environmental Working Group, which decided to look behind the “image of purity” promoted by bottled water sellers by lab testing water samples from ten common brands of bottled water.


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Take back the tap — off to a flowing start

September 15th, 2008

By Harriet Blake

Drinking tap, not bottled, water is gaining momentum in restaurants from coast to coast. The “Take Back the Tap” campaign began in March in San Francisco, although some restaurants had already been forgoing bottled water on their own. It grew to include cities such as Alburquerque, Memphis, Omaha, Portland, Seattle and San Diego, and this past summer, the Big Apple.

The program is sponsored by Food and Water Watch, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit consumer rights organization that looks at corporate control and abuse of the country’s food and water resources. The New York Take Back the Tap campaign also is sponsored by Riverkeeper, a Hudson River environmental protection group.

“Our goal is to make sure that people have safe and affordable drinking water,” says Food and Water Watch (FWW) executive director Wenonah Hauter. “Food and Water Watch promotes a clean water trust fund that protects [the country's] 1.5 million miles of water structure.”


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