Water-to-Go are launching in China with Health and Happiness

After a period of negotiation, Water-to-Go have appointed Health and Happiness as the distributor for China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao.

This partnership was confirmed at a recent meeting in Switzerland attended by CEO of Water-to-Go Ltd, Dave Shanks and other various parties illustrated above.

From left to right, the picture above features: Mr. Y Miaow (General Manager at H&H), Mr. Oliver Krahmer (Director of Strategy for Marketing and Sales at H&H), Dave Shanks (Founder and CEO at Water-to-Go), Stefan Spiridon (Managing Director of Water-to-Go Switzerland) and Mark Siegert (CEO at H&H).

The Health and Happiness Group put simply, are dedicated to making people healthier and happier. They are a 100% WOFE owned corporation, which deals with Green Hi-Tech and Environmental Health Products. H&H Group based in Shanghai are also affiliates of Health and Happiness AG who we have already started working with.

Mark Siegert (CEO at Health and Happiness) and Dave Shanks (CEO at Water-to-Go)

Health & Happiness AG is a privately owned company in Switzerland that are introducing revolutionary, environmentally beneficial products aimed at improving personal life quality and health. It is an incredibly exciting time and we are very much looking forward to working more closely with Mark Siegert from Health and Happiness.

This is more like an extension of the partnership we already secured by Health and Happiness which you can read about in our previous blog post.

We are looking forward to what we can achieve together and to see where both businesses go from here. We are grateful for their support and are very pleased that we can confirm this partnership.

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Health and Happiness Partnership

Water To Go are delighted to announce our partnership with Health and Happiness

Health & Happiness AG is a privately owned company in Switzerland that are introducing revolutionary, environmentally beneficial products aimed at improving personal life quality and health.

Its corporate vision is to “Connect Minds and Enable Greatness”. We have no doubt that they can enable greatness as their products are truly incredible and could be life changing for a lot of people in the future.

Health & Happiness AG also has interests in their Chinese affiliate, HH (Shanghai) Ltd, who are a 100% WOFE owned corporation, which deals with Green Hi-Tech and Environmental Health Products. HH (Shanghai) also holds various Exclusive Agency Agreements with notable and superior Swiss, UK and EU brands for Greater China. Health & Happiness AG is incorporated in Zug, Switzerland and has its offices across Switzerland. It is a very exciting time for them now and we are looking forward to working with them.

Health & Happiness AG is a proud supporter of Water-To-Go Ltd and their drinking bottles, and has subsequently placed an order of 1,000 bottles to both donate to Environmental and School Projects in East-Asia as well as provide to selected groups in Europe. 

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Health and Happiness Connecting Minds – Enabling Greatness

This association clearly demonstrates the ability and willingness of Water To Go to support charities, good causes and events by co-branding bottles. The bottle becomes a symbol of Water To Go and the client’s support for these projects.

If you have been keeping up with everything that’s going on at Water To Go (if not, why not!), you would have noticed that this is a very exciting time for the business with new partnerships and new clients entering the frame. It is fantastic that these companies and organisations such as Health and Happiness want to work with us. We are incredibly grateful to help out and be a part of their journeys as we all seek to save the planet. It is a great way for us to promote the brand worldwide but to also make a difference and help out those who are less fortunate than ourselves. In truth, all that is important in life is health and happiness and that is what we hope to deliver in this partnership.

Watch this space and follow our journey on our social media platforms and our website.

2,500 plastic bottles pulled out of the Thames in 1 DAY

We’re always trying to highlight the devastating impact that single-use plastics have on our planet.

It’s easy for it to go over our heads when we hear overwhelming stats and figures about the issue on a larger scale, but it’s only when we look closer to home that we start realising the horrifying reality.

Recently litter pickers in London found 2,500 plastic bottles in just ONE DAY on the Thames. Just one day!

Volunteers from London based charity, Thames 21, collected the huge amount of rubbish from 11 different sites on the river. The event has given an eye-opening indication on how many plastic bottles are in the Thames at a particular time. The charity plans to repeat the study 4 times a year which will help determine how long it takes to build up and what times of year it’s at its worse.

The charity decided to use the ‘cleaner’ river as a test to see how quickly new bottles were junked. Monitoring the sites for 8 days after the litter pick yielded some interesting results. On just one of the eleven sites, they recorded 10 bottles wash up on the Friday and a staggering 117 bottles on the Saturday! (Site: Battersea). These figures show how consistently plastic bottles polluting our rivers and ultimately (if it wasn’t for the amazing work of charities like Thames 21) our oceans.

AJ McConville, who conducted the study has said:

“It’s sad that mineral water is the most common plastic bottle we’re finding, when bottled water is no better for us than water from the tap.”

 “We urge Londoners– use reusable water bottles, and demand more water fountains around the capital.”

Each filter in one Water-to-Go bottle can treat 200 litres of water anywhere in the world. That’s 400 single-use plastic water bottles. That means just 6 of Water-to-Go filters would be equivalent to nearly the same amount of plastic bottles that were pulled out of the Thames in just one day (6 filters = 2,400 50cl water bottles).

‘Deposit Return Systems’ (DRS) have been suggested as a good way of encouraging those who do use plastic bottles to recycle. DRS is where a tax is added to plastic bottles and can be redeemed when returned. Such systems are used across Europe, America and Canada. The idea to introduce a similar scheme in the England has recently been rejected by the Government. 

The recent levy on plastic bags has seen a dramatic 80% reduction.

 

 

 

 

Around the world in 80 ways

For most adventurers ‘simply’ cycling around the world would present enough of a challenge, but Adam Sultan, named as one of the most inspiring adventurers of 2015, is doing things slightly differently…

On the 28th of June he set off from the London Olympic Velodrome, turning his pedals for the first time on a journey that will cover at least 46,000 unsupported miles and take up to five years. This isn’t going to be your ‘average’ round the world cycle however and Adam has set himself a number of other, in many ways tougher, challenges to complete along the way, which he hopes will continue his mission of inspiring and helping others.

12439202_500411333474637_1597863164331343226_n-1During his trip Adam wants to experience the world, rather than just rush through it and so plans to add in a little bit of extra ‘spice’. Added physical challenges will include cycling the 2014 Tour de France route, a tough feat for even the most seasoned of riders, avoiding the ‘quick’ round the world route and instead heading through the great mountain ranges of the Himalayas, Andes, Alps, and Rockies, and continuing his #LifeYears challenge (last year for 2015 he ran 15 marathons around the globe), this year involving doing at least 16 days where he pushes 100 miles or more on the bike.

Aside from the riding he’s also looking to participate in Citizen Science, hoping to feed information back to researchers that will help in the fields of astronomy, light pollution and conservation. He’s committed to going ‘Around the World in Eighty Ways’ working in eighty different jobs, mainly voluntary, as he travels, to really immerse himself in different cultures and help where he can. Furthermore he hopes to use his social media channels to tell the stories of those who don’t normally have a voice and raise money and awareness for charities working in the different countries he travels through, such as SEED Madagascar a small London based charity who do humanitarian and conservation work in Madagascar, one of the poorest countries on the planet.

In this era of sensationalised adventures and adventurers, some may feel that a London Underground worker cycling round the world without trying to set a record or a ‘first’ isn’t exciting news, but Adam’s trip harks back to an older era where adventure wasn’t just about pushing your body to the limits, but was about exploration, meeting new people and discovering the world around you by immersing yourself in it. Adam hopes this will be the legacy of his trip and that people will feel this is just as worthy as a record breaking ride.

“As much as I admire and respect many of today’s modern adventures I hope my trip shows people that sometimes we need to slow down a bit and not just rush into a place, take some photos and shoot off again having ticked a list. I hope it inspires people to get to really know new environments and the people in them and if needed lend a helping hand.”

screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-15-05-09After falling victim to illness from contaminated water in Eastern Europe, Adam decided to use one of our filtered bottles to protect himself for the rest of his travels:

“Water-to-Go have come to my rescue! After picking up a bad stomach bug from bad water which kept me out of action, I now don’t need to worry anymore. Extremely pleased to know I can drink clean, filtered water whenever I see a freshwater source – bring on the adventure!”

To follow Adam or donate to the charities he is raising money and awareness for visit www.adamtsultan.com

£1 from every product ordered donated to Raleigh International…

Raleigh International is a sustainable development charity that exists to create lasting change through youth.

Raleigh, believe that when local communities and young people work side by side it empowers them, and it’s the energy and motivation of empowered people that creates lasting change.

A core strategic priority for Raleigh is WASH: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.

Raleigh want to help meet the Global Goal for Sustainable Development 6 – ‘ensure water and sanitation for all’. Raleigh pursues a holistic approach to WASH interventions by inspiring behavioural change – better hygiene practises can save lives. In rural schools, homes and communities, they achieve transformational change by supporting young women and men to have access to safe water, and sanitation.

Because Raleigh projects deliver safe, clean water in Malaysian Borneo, Nicaragua, Nepal and Tanzania, Water-to-Go has pledged to donate £1 per product sold in the online store between 16th May and 29th May.

Buy a Water-to-Go product today and play your part in changing lives!

For more information on Raleigh International and the amazing work they do, check out their website www.raleighinternational.org

Water-to-Go will donate £1 per item sold. This includes all products including bottles, filters and lids. 

 

Meet JJ Yosh…

Meet JJ Yosh. JJ Yosh is as an Adventurer, Filmmaker, TV and Film Personality, and Eco-visionary using film and TV to inspire people to explore the great outdoors.

JJ is our kind of guy. He’s a chemical engineer and adventurer with a passion for clean energy technology and heart-racing expeditions. Whether it’s rappelling into Thailand’s caverns or exploring Guatemala’s ancient city Tikal, JJ is bound to lead a team there to do it. As a chemist, he has worked with manufacturers to integrate greener practices into their business models. JJ’s work with emission monitoring and environmental clean-up has brought us closer to realising the clean future he imagines, but JJ believes that the answer to our energy problems lies at the source of our energy, not its product.

Ever since JJ could imagine, he dreamt of a world where cities would be built with nature instead of against it. His early fascination with ancient civilisations, the environment, and the great outdoors drove him to search for eco-friendly solutions to better our world.

Over the last 10 years, he has found himself immersed in endless adventures around the world, whether it be climbing mountains, backpacking through forests, or kayaking across the ocean. The more he seeks to explore the world, the more he understands why he is truly here and how important it is to help our planet.

“The environment is huge for me in my life. I am very fascinated with educating myself about various environmental issues, and I am even more passionate about how I can convey these issues to others.

I just want to make it easy and fun for people to be green. And I feel media is a really good tool to attract many more people to the outdoors and to living more green.”

JJ has now started using Water-to-Go filtered water bottles in his adventures and was kind enough to send us his thoughts:

“Water-to-Go is the only water bottle that you will want to take with you everywhere, providing clean water no mater where you go. As an avid runner and adventurer I like everything to be lightweight, fast, and efficient. Water-to-Go allows me to be a minimalist by filtering water as I exercise as opposed to carrying all the water i’ll need for a day or weekend excursion. It’s great because I can be lightweight and still be secure knowing that I won’t run out of water.”

“Speaking from personal experience I know what it is like to run out of water on the trail and even worse to get sick from the water from the streams. A harmless daytime excursion can end up becoming a total nightmare without the proper hydration. Water-to-Go seamlessly solves this by providing water filtration as I drink. Compared to other filters, filtering water can take 20 minutes or longer, but with Water-to-Go, you fill it up, put on the lid, and instantly drink clean water. I think this is why I really love Water-to-Go as its easy and quick. The beauty of traveling to foreign countries and never having to worry about the tap water – Just fill it up, close the lid, and viola clean refreshing water. It really can’t get easier.”

Check out JJ’s TV reel below:

Walking The Zambezi

Adventurer and expedition leader Chaz Powell is set to become the first ever person to walk the entire length of the Zambezi River in one outing while raising money and awareness for wildlife conservation. Setting out in August, Chaz will walk for 6 months through the driest and hottest months of the year in order to find safe passage through the floodplains and finishing this gruelling challenge during the November to January wet season.

36 year old Powell from Shropshire is aiming to go one better than David Lemon who, at an incredible 69 years of age, was the first person to walk the Zambezi River in two stages, excluding its path through Angola where he failed to obtain a Visa. Chaz will start this mammoth, 1600 mile, expedition from the Zambezi source in North Western Zambia, passing through Angola for 150 miles, back into Zambia, then crossing through Mozambique until finally reaching the river’s mouth at the Indian Ocean.

Lemon has given Chaz his full support and offers these words of encouragement “Known as ‘The Mighty Zambezi’ throughout most of Africa, The Zambezi River has captured the imagination of Mankind through the ages. Having walked it myself, I know what Chaz Powell faces and wish him all the luck in the world. Believe me Chaz, when you reach the sea at Chinde, it will be the high spot of your life and a moment that will live in your memory for ever.”

Money raised from the feat will be donated to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF).

“I chose to raise money for the DSWF because they show the same passion and commitment that I’d need for this challenge to fight wildlife crime and protect endangered wildlife. I feel we can work together to make a huge difference.”

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) is a non-profit organisation funding key projects in Africa and Asia working to save critically endangered animals in the wild. Founded in 1981 by wildlife artist and conservationist, David Shepherd CBE, the charity works to fight wildlife crime and protect precious wildlife populations by engaging with local people to nurture long-term, sustainable solutions to human-animal conflicts.

“Every year our Wildlife Warrior fundraising volunteers play a critical role in raising much-needed funds to support our conservation projects in Africa and Asia working to protect some of the world’s most endangered and iconic animals,” said DSWF CEO Sally Case. “We are immensely grateful to Chaz for committing such an amazing amount of energy and time on behalf of the charity. To walk the Zambezi River, solo and unaided, is such a massive challenge both physically and mentally and we will support him with every step.”

He plans to walk solo and unaided, relying on help from people along the river for food and accommodation as well as carrying all equipment needed to survive alone such as camping equipment and dry foods.

“Being a passionate adventurer I want to challenge myself in the wildest of environments and have an itch to walk a relatively unexplored region” says Chaz. “My main aim during the walk is to raise money and awareness for wildlife conservation throughout Africa, and to highlight the growing concerns of wildlife crimes happening all over the world. My dream to have an education scheme running throughout Africa educating people to understand and protect wildlife from an early age is something I share with DSWF.”

When asked about the challenge that may befall him on his epic journey this summer, Chaz seems unfazed by the dangers “The terrain will be testing, the heat will be a big factor, the wildlife and mosquitoes will be trying to eat me, border crossings might be tricky. I will encounter Lions, elephants, hippos, rhinos, buffalo, crocs, snakes, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs and a fair few more. To be honest there is quite a lot that could go wrong. Guess that makes it all the more exciting and challenging for me.”

“The Water-to-Go bottle will make the crucial difference in obtaining safe clean drinking water, whilst hiking along the wilds of the Mighty Zambezi River. Recently, whilst traversing La Palma, I used my Water-to-Go bottle to drink from streams, rivers, canals and even water dripping from rocks, it made all the difference.”

Chaz has a wealth of expedition experience “I’m a summer mountain leader and have recently became an expedition leader. I have walked several long distance paths in the UK including the UK’s longest river (The Severn) over 12 days.” The 36 year old from Shropshire is not taking the expedition lightly and has been doing training walks along the Zambezi, walking with a guide and armed guard through the Mosi-o-Tunya national park, learning how to walk amongst wild animals, as well as a walk along the Zambezi Gorges (one of the trickiest sections of the expeditions) and a walk through the African bush.

“During January I was on an expedition hitchhiking to Europe’s most Northern Point on a small budget to film and admire the Northern Lights. I have just finished walking the length of La Palma the world’s steepest island. It is such a mega diverse island with jungles, caves, volcanoes, ice capped mountains, alpine forests and some of the most amazing sites I have ever witnessed.”

You can follow his journey on:

If you would like to support Chaz and help raise funds for wildlife conservation throughout Africa you can donate on his Just Giving page.

Colours GO! to Boots

We’re delighted to announce that Boots are now taking 3 additional colours of our GO! water bottles and filters.

The Blue, Pink and Green 50cl GO! Bottles and replacement filters will now be available online from boots.com and available on their ‘Order and Collect’ service.

Boots currently stock the Black 75cl & Black GO! bottle in 600 of their UK stores. This will soon be extended and the Black GO! bottle and filter will be available in 1,700 Boots stores in the UK.

You can find Water-to-Go water bottles in the Travel Health section (right next to the water purification tablets) in all major Boots stores (including air-side stores in UK airports).

The colours are now available from boots.com

Check out our Stockist Page, type in your postcode and find out where your nearest store is.

Cholera Outbreak in Tanzania

We’ve had a huge amount of international travellers contact us to ask if our water bottles can filter Cholera.

This is due to a recent outbreak of the disease in Tanzania. It was first reported late in August 2015 in Dar es Salaam in and has now spread across the country. At least 9,871 cases have been reported, including 150 deaths.

It is predicted that the start of the rainy season will increase the number of cases.

Water-to-Go water bottles will filter well in excess of 99.9% of Cholera from water.

So if you’re planning a trip to the beautiful country of Tanzania, whether it be climbing to Kilimanjaro or heading to Zanzibar, don’t be put of going, just make sure you pack a Water-to-Go filtered water bottle.

What is Cholera?

Cholera is an infection of the gut caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. Every year the disease is likely to affect more than three million people around the world killing over 100,000.

The symptoms of cholera are extreme vomiting and diarrhoea leading to extreme loss of fluids and dehydration. These symptoms are the means that the bacteria propagates itself to new hosts – once contaminated liquids move into water they are transported to other victims.

Cholera used to be endemic in cities like London and New York until the water supply was cleaned up to remove the bacteria. Nowadays, cholera is most often found in the Tropics particularly during the raining season and flooding.

Water-to-Go Protection against Cholera

Vibrio cholerae bacteria are just 1-2 μm long. Water-to-Go filters not only feature a smaller pore size filter but also embedded nano-technology that creates a hydrostatic charge. This prevents the bacteria passing through and protects the Water-to-Go user.

Not only effective against Cholera, the 3 in 1 filter will also eliminate over 99.9% of:

  • Bacteria (E.g. E.coli)
  • Viruses (E.g. Polio)
  • Protazoa (E.g. Giardia)
  • Chemicals (E.g. Chlorine & Fluoride)
  • Heavy metals (E.g. Copper & Lead)

Click here to check out a list of other contaminants our water bottle can eliminate.

Adventurers kayak the length of the Amazon

Between June and October 2015 Adventure Athlete Tarran Kent-Hume and teammate Olie Hunter Smart travelled the length of the Amazon River, 6,800km’s (4,300 Miles).

Beginning this expedition at the Mantaro River which turns into the Amazon River. This is the furthest and most distant source of the Amazon River.

They travelled 4,300 miles in under 5 months, beginning in the Andes of Peru hiking over the peaks and valleys sitting some 4,500 meters above sea level. They experience hot days and freezing nights with the temperature rising to over 44 degrees and dropping to a chilly minus 4 in the night.

ball-gowns-promEn route they passed through the most dangerous part of South America called the RED ZONE, where over 70% of the worlds cocaine production comes from. This meant being confronted on the river with shotguns being pointed at them. Being able to interact with some of the native tribes including the Ashkaninka tribe. Being shot at by pirates and dealing with the constant threat of robbery as well as some scary 15ft waves as they approached the Atlantic Ocean.

As they passed through some dangerous areas on the river the Peruvian and Brazilian Navy and Marines would at times follow them in gunboats for safety. Sleeping on Sandbanks and in small communities they encountered all types of Amazonian animals including a close encounter with some crocodiles.

Tarran said, “ This is scary and very real, but what an incredible experience”.

For all the danger, they we’re taken in by the people of the river and encountered much kindness and friendliness as the river passed through Peru, Columbia and Brazil.

Travelling some 80km and 10 hours per day, the river went from a close small stream with the jungle in Peru to the huge Amazon expanse in Brazil where there is not a dot of land in sight, using GPS and maps as a guide.

The pair held Google Hangouts with classrooms from around the world talking about their challenges and experiences on the river with an aim to inspire many of their young followers to embrace life and follow their passion.

GOPR2625Tarran & Ollie were both armed with Water-to-Go water bottles to ensure safe drinking water throughout the expedition.

“In planning for my Amazon Expedition I knew getting access to clean drinking water was going to be a headache until I met Water-to-Go and this was just what I was looking for”, Tarran explains.

“The Waters along the Amazon River and tributary the Mantaro River are not clean enough to drink and with space and weight being a major concern, carrying a large pump style water filter seemed excessive. The water to go bottles are simple and easy to use. Kayaking along I’d simply dip the bottle into the water and start drinking, so simple. The fact that they not only have a great product but have an environmentally conscious outlook that helps to reduce the amount of plastic we use fits great with my personal values.”

The last 22 hours was spent in the kayak as they pushed to finish at the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean. Beginning at midnight and kayaking through the night, tying their kayaks to a mangrove tree for hours whilst they waited for the tide to turn, battling huge waves and string winds they eventually made it to the Atlantic on October 29th 2015. In the process Tarran Kent-Hume became the first Australian to travel the length of the Amazon River from its furthest and most distant source.