January, 2011 | Back2Tap

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How about kicking off a Back2Tap campaign for your school’s Earth Day celebration on April 22?  This movement against the ridiculous wastefulness of bottled water, is gaining momentum in schools across the country.  Once students are made aware of the problem, it is easy for them to take action by drinking tap water from a reusable bottle and making their own drinks using concentrated drink mixes with tap water.  These very simple steps toward sustainability are easy for students to comprehend and feel good about. 

 

Back2Tap offers free downloadable educational resources, including a fun 9 minute video about the wastefulness of bottled water and everything you need to know about tap water, suitable for ages K-8, but guaranteed to be enlightening to high school students and adults, too. Classroom activities include making a bottle tower out of discarded disposable plastic water bottles, conducting a drinking container survey, collecting and categorizing waste for a day, and more.  These resources will raise students’ environmental awareness and their understanding of sustainability and are well suited for either an Earth Day assembly or for classroom activities.

 

The educational program can be followed up by our green fundraising campaign.  Back2Tap partners with a representative from a PTO/PTA, Boosters, faculty, or student group to sell high quality stainless steel water bottles with custom logos to members of your school community.  Do something good for the planet and for your budget with our Back2Tap campaign!  To learn more about our program, please visit Schools & Groups page on our website or contact us with any questions.

What’s in your bottled water?  A comprehensive new Environmental Working Group (EWG) report found that you really don’t have any way to know.  What’s on the labels?  Bucolic scenes of mountain streams and crystal clear lakes adorn the plastic bottles along with vague claims about the pristine source and purity of the water.  The unfortunate reality is, there is no such thing anymore.  All drinking water needs to be properly treated before it is consumed. 

EWG studied the “transparency” of 173 varieties of bottled water.  That is, they evaluated how well the bottled water companies provided information about the water’s source, purification methods and results of purity testing.  Turns out, for over half of the brands, very little is revealed about where the water came from, how it was treated, and what’s actually in it.  The bottled water companies like it this way.  They have been fighting hard against labeling even in the midst of serious public criticism for lack of accountability.

The most shocking finding was that 8 of the 10 best-selling domestic brands earned a D or an F.   So the mainstream brands (can you say Coke, Pepsi, and Nestle?) that you may have thought you could trust are resisting accountability.  What do they have to hide?  What is in their water?

In 2007, California passed a law requiring basic information on bottled water labels.  Of the 96 brands inspected there, only 24 complied with this new law.  Surprisingly, the California bottled water labels were less forthcoming than brands sold elsewhere!

If you’d like to see how your bottled water stacks up, you can visit the EWG report card.   Hopefully, your brand didn’t earn itself a place on the EWG “Shelf of Shame”!

The only A went to filtered tap water.  If you are drinking bottled water because you think it’s “better” than tap water, think again!   Unlike bottled water, tap water quality is strictly regulated.  Consumers have access to reports about their water’s source, testing protocol, and test results.   If you want to drink the best tasting, healthiest, cheapest, and most carbon-conscious drink, fill your reusable stainless steel water bottle with your own tap water, filtered if you like!

If we had to sum up Back2Tap's company mission in a single word, it would have to be Re-Use-Solution. It fits because we're all about re-use, inciting a revolution against waste, offering solutions, and of course, resolving to do better. So, in honor of the New Year, we'd like to share our "re-use-solutions" for reducing disposable plastic in 2011: 

Custom logoed stainless steel bottles

1. Reusable bottles for drinks on the go. 

2. Reusable sandwich wraps and snack pouches for litter-less lunches.

3. Reusable grocery bags and produce bags to keep in the trunk of your car.

4. Reusable bags that are compact enough to fit into your purse or pocket for small purchases.

5. Reusable coffee mugs to take with you to the coffee shop or work.
 

 

6. Reusable cloths and rags for cleaning up the kitchen and the rest of the house.

7. Reusable cloth napkins with napkin rings for each member of your household.

8. Reusable containers for bringing food home from restaurants and to parties.

Reusable snack pouches

There is a vast array of reusable products that can help make disposable plastic a thing of the past in your home. Please share your Re-Use-Solutions with us by leaving a comment!