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Plastic Water Bottles: The Good, Bad & Ugly

Plastic Water Bottles - The GoodVery little in life is either all good or all bad.  Take plastic water bottles, for instance.  We hear the horror stories regarding BPA and see the images of over-stuffed landfills and could rightly assume that plastic water bottles are a scourge that need to be removed from our society.

But classifying plastic water bottles, or the bottled water industry, as just ‘good’ or ‘bad’ misses out on some of the subtleties behind this issue – and even some of the good that the growth in the bottled water industry represents.

Before you make your next bottled water purchase, or next time you find yourself taking sides in a plastic water bottle debate, ensure that you are armed with the good, bad and the ugly facts below:

The Good of Plastic Water Bottles:
Recent data indicates that the bottled water industry brings in nearly 12 billion dollars each year.  Before we dig into whether or not this represents a good trend, let’s first acknowledge that if nothing else this indicates that Americans are on a water drinking kick.  And considering some reports indicate up to 75% of Americans suffer from dehydration, and that our own First Lady had to schoolmarm up the airwaves to plead with us to drink more water, this can’t be a bad thing, right?

Plastic Water Bottles - Seabed PollutionThe Bad of Plastic Water Bottles:
In the Pacific Ocean is a trash vortex as big as the size of Texas.  Much of this trash vortex is made up of plastics used in the manufacture of products like plastic water bottles.  Some studies indicate that 10% of all plastic used will someday make it into our oceans.  On top of this, 80% of plastic water bottles will end up in landfills where they will slowly degrade, releasing toxic chemicals along the way.  This is about as far from good as you can possibly be.

The Ugly of Plastic Water Bottles:
As of 2009, one person at the FDA was in charge of bottled water oversight, per data cited by the bottled water documentary Tapped.  That’s one person overseeing the safety of a multi-billion dollar industry.  Tapped, and several other sources rightly report that most water used in plastic water bottles differs very little from the water pouring from your municipal source.  The key difference, of course, is that bottling water exposes it to BPA, an industrial chemical used in plastics that may seep into food or beverages.

Dark Side of Plastic Water BottlesFor those that are comfortable with the small risk posed by BPA or with the fact that the bottled water industry has a relative lack of oversight, there is one more ugly fact that is sure to trouble anyone:  bottled water, by the gallon, is twice the cost of gasoline.  Here’s the math:

20 oz bottle of water = $1.50.
One gallon = 128 ounces.
128 ounces = 6.4 bottles of water.
6.4 x $1.50 = $9.60.

If you are drinking one bottle of water from time to time, and you are responsible with your trash, you will likely experience only the good of bottled water.  But if you are buying it consistently by the case, you could wind up spending thousands of dollars lifetime on a product no different, no safer – and potentially more harmful to your health and to our planet’s health when taken in large doses – than what you could get by turning on your tap.

If you are trying to break a bottled water habit, or at the very least trying to significantly cut back, here are some products that we would recommend.  Note that making the switch to any of the products below will give you the great taste you are looking for from bottled water, provide you with a beverage with significantly fewer contaminants – and, of course – save you money in the long run:Brita Faucet Filters

1. Faucet Water Filtration Systems – manufactured by brands ranging from Culligan to Brita, a faucet filter will easily connect to most sinks and reduce up to 99% of contaminants that can cause water flavor issues.  Simply turning on your faucet will give you the great tasting water that bottled water can only hope to achieve.

2. Water Filter Pitchers – While Brita may be the most popular, brands ranging from PUR to 3M offer water filter pitchers that give you the same great tasting water, virtually contaminant free, that is easy to chill to fridge temp.

Klean Kanteen Green Stainless Steel Water Bottle3. Water Filter Bottles – most that buy bottled water will do so on the go, rather than at home.  Water filter bottles from companies ranging from Brita to Klean Kanteen start at around $23 and will filter up to 99% of contaminants from 20 or more gallons of water.  These things pay for themselves after just a few uses – and like their in-home counterparts, will give you great tasting, virtually contaminant free drinking water that bottled water manufacturers only wish they could promise.

The growth of the bottled water market means we are drinking more water as a culture.  If we can just scale back our dependence on bottled water, and focus instead on just drinking water, we can take the good without the bad that comes along with it.

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Got Water? How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse in 5 Easy Steps

If the past month's headlines haven't convinced you that the zombie apocalypse is upon us, well, the zombies have already eaten your brains. 

Zombies

BRAAAIIIINS

That's right. We said it. Zombies. Sure, we're a team of highly educated water filtration experts more given to discussing micron ratings, but today we're talking ZOMBIES. Laugh if you want to, but when it happens (and it will) you'll be glad you read this. So without further ado (time is running out, you know), here's

The Fridge Filters' Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. 

 

1. KNOW THY ZOMBIE. Think all zombies are slow, dull-witted shufflers? HA! YOU'RE DEAD. Zombies being controlled by voodoo curses, hypnotism, aliens, or microchips can run just as fast as you or I. Scarier still? The Enhanced Human Zombie. Altered by viral or bacterial infection, or  worse yet–DNA alteration–enhanced zombies are the Terminators of the undead and can run, jump, and kill faster, harder, and more effectively than anyone but Chuck Norris. 

(FACT: When Chuck Norris bites a zombie, it turns human.)

2.  ARM YOURSELF AND GO FOR THE HEAD. Can't keep your silver bullets straight from your wooden stakes? No worries. If you've seen Zombieland you know there are buckets of ways to kill zombies. No matter your weapon of choice, though, go for the head–it's the only way to re-dead the undead.

(FACT: The word zombie entered the English language in 1929. That same year the stock market crashed and the Great Depression began. Coincidence? NOT LIKELY.)

3. PREVENT INFECTION. Sure, voodoo and zombie bites are responsible for like, 99.9% of zombie infections. But did you know you can catch zombie by sharing a drinking glass with a zombie? Not putting the paper down on a toilet seat after a zombie uses it?  Breathing recirculated air on an zombie piloted aircraft?

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(Don't even get us started on zombie mosquitos and zombie chiggers. It's June in North Carolina, y'all– we'd be the first to die.)

4.  BLEND IN. Should you find yourself in the midst of a zombie horde, DON'T PANIC. Blend in to the crowd and move like a zombie. That's right. Dance the Thriller.

Don't have the moves like Jackson? You can learn a thing or two from these cute kids:

 

5. PREPARE. Gather food and supplies now, because the last place you want to have to go during the zombie apocalypse is your local Walmart.  In their “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse” blog, the CDC (No joke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention really has a "Zombie Preparedness” page on its official website) recommends having an emergency kit stocked with food, medicine, tools, and supplies to get you through till you can find a zombie-free refugee camp. The most important item in the kit? You guessed it. 

Water.

In fact, you'll need one gallon of water per person per day that you're on the run. That's a lot of water to carry! Those gallon jugs of water take up a lot of space in your survival pack…and at 8+ pounds per gallon they're sure to slow you down while you're on the run! You'll need something lighter, more compact

You need the Katadyn Portable Water Purification System.

 

Katadyn MyBottle Ultralight Series 24-Ounce Personal Water Purifier Bottle

Katadyn MyBottle Ultralight Series 24-Ounce Personal Water Purifier Bottle

 

The Katadyn bottle frees you from having to carry or locate safe drinking water while hiking, evading zombies, or any other outdoor activity. You just dip the bottle into any fresh water source, squeeze to force filtration, and voila! Fresh, clean water.

 

(Sorry. The folks at Katadyn aren't using zombies in their product videos.)

(Yet.)

Order one today and you'll be ready for whatever comes your way–the zombie apocalypse, the next big hurricane, or a hike on a hot day. We'll be ready. Will you?

Fridge Filters

www.fridgefilters.com


 

Water for Panem: Hunger Games and the Hunt for Good Water

OK we'll admit it. We are obsessed. Have you seen the movie? Read the books? Are you Catching Fire too? Yep, we're talking about The Hunger Games.

If you're like us, with Panem ever on your radar, you've noticed Hunger Games merchandise just about Bottled water money everywhere. You can spend your hard-earned tesserae on a Hunger Games board game, Effie Trinket nail polish, a Hunger Games Snuggie (seriously), and even…wait for it…

Hunger Games water. 

Really.

h20 Spring Water has partnered with The Hunger Games to be the film's official water. While we see the tie-in (finding water was Katniss' first objective in the Arena, after all) doesn't this sound like something they'd drink in the Capitol? You know, while so many others go without clean water?

Luckily for us, we don't live in the Districts and our tap water is just as safe as bottled water. Though we admit that even Haymitch would approve of h2O's eco-friendly packaging, we'd rather fill one of these stainless steel Arena-Proof water bottles with filtered water from our tap.

You don't have to travel the the twelve districts to find good water–it's right in your home, where you're safe from trackerjackers, Cato's weapons, and President Snow.

So join the revolution and overthrow the bottle! 

Firewater

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