Water-to-Go supports World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future held every year on 8th June. It is a global initiative bringing communities together from across the world to fight for a healthier marine environment and to raise awareness of the crucial role the oceans play in our lives. Different themes are assigned to World Oceans Day and in 2018, the theme is Preventing Plastic Pollution. This is to bring awareness about the threats our oceans are under and to encourage solutions to ensure a healthier ocean and a better future for us all.

Numerous events are held around the world every year to mark World Oceans Day and this year is almost more poignant. As well as photo contests, fossil hunting walks, demonstrations, and concerts there will be more beach clean-ups and plastic pick-ups this year as we look to take actions to ensure the sustainable future of our ocean.

By using a Water-to-Go bottle, you can do your part to protect the World’s Oceans by using an environmentally friendly alternative to single-use plastic water bottles that contaminate our oceans. You can save money as well as saving the planet by not needing to purchase overpriced bottled water.

Water-to-Go seek to protect our customers’ health and well-being by offering safe, healthy water anywhere in the world but to also protect our planet by offering an environmentally friendly reusable alternative to single-use plastic water bottles.

Water-to-Go are working with travel companies to help fulfil their role as responsible tour operators

Water-to-Go is working with several leading companies in the area of reducing their carbon footprint, and ensuring that their clients travel responsibly and safely. Water-to-Go have recently partnered up with UK tour company, Explore, to further their philosophy of responsible tourism. Explore are actively promoting Water-to-Go as essential kit on their trips so that their customers have access to safe, clean drinking wherever they are.

Water-to-Go offers a brandable reusable filter water bottle which will ensure their clients and customers have no need to contribute to the blight caused by single-use plastic water bottles, also filtering out harmful contaminants.

Port of London Authority (PLA) announced plans to stop using single-use plastics for World Ocean Day by partnering up with Water-to-Go

The PLA has partnered with  Water-to-Go to provide specialised bottles to the crews of their vessels to save on their usage of single-use plastic water bottles and protect our oceans. Dave Shanks, Founder of Water-to-Go said:

“I’m delighted to see them being used on port authority vessels on the Thames.  If our assistance can help the PLA achieve its single-use plastic free goal, it’ll be a great and noteworthy result.”

“Single-use plastic bottles for water are a blight, wherever you go in the world.  Our bottles provide everyone with the chance to access clean, filtered, water on the go.”

Water-to-Go is doing its part by educating plus informing their consumers and partners on the perils of destroying marine life in the world’s oceans as well as being personally responsible for one’s usage of plastics in everyday life.

The issue of plastics pollutions has been pushed more into the public consciousness through Sir David Attenborough’s “Blue Planet II” programme and images of the catastrophic impact plastic waste is having on marine wildlife. This article by SLO Active highlights the impact of plastic pollution on our oceans and what we can do about it

Plastic Pollution – Single Use Plastic Impact on our Oceans

This has prompted actions to be taken by organisations, governments and authorities to tackle the problem. Organisations such as Surfers against Sewage and the Marine Conservation Society advocate beach clean campaigns throughout the year to protect our oceans and this is replicated all over the world.

The Ocean Project

The Ocean Project has been the global leader for coordinating and growing the event for over 15 years. The organisation was founded to advance ocean conservation in partnership with aquariums, zoos, museums, and other youth and visitor-serving organisations around the world. Back in 1999, it instigated the most comprehensive research ever carried out on the public’s attitudes to, and understanding of, oceans and the environment. This prompted a complete rethink around how aquariums and other attractions present their exhibits and how they communicate and engage visitors with conservation.

Today, The Ocean Project’s partner network numbers around 2,000 organisations. It continues to offer support with public opinion and communications research, strategic insights, and support for innovative and effective public engagement, and conservation impact.

The world’s oceans play a key role for life on Earth

70% of our planet is covered by one huge, continuous body of seawater – the ocean. It holds 1.35 billion cubic kilometres of water and plays a huge role for us and marine life. According to the UN, they are “the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe, [as well as] a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere.” In the past few decades, the threats from pollution, overfishing and other forms of exploitation to marine habitats have increased dramatically.

The Ocean Conference called for the engagement of all relevant stakeholders, bringing together Governments, the United Nations system, other intergovernmental organizations, academic institutions, the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropic organizations, civil society, mayors, children, youth and others who will utilize this momentum to galvanize action-oriented partnerships at all levels – local, national and global – that provide lasting and long-term solutions to protect our oceans.

Read more about how to mark World Environment Day with Water-to-Go and what else is being done to tackle plastic pollution in our previous blog.

Mark World Environment Day with Water-to-Go

Tuesday 5th June 2018 marks World Environment Day and this could well be the most poignant of environment awareness days since it started in 1974. Traditionally, this is a celebration of our environment but more recently has been the catalyst for bringing up awareness of issues and driving change. World Environment Day has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. The whole world needs to pull together to help protect the planet and take action.

Beat Plastic Pollution

Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2018, “Beat Plastic Pollution,” is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time. The theme invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife – and our own health. While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over-reliant on single-use or disposable plastic – with severe environmental consequences.

This graphic just highlights the problems our planet is dealing with. Ever since we started producing and manufacturing plastic in the 1950s, the material has been used for many things but it is all still with us. Since then, we have produced over 8 billion tonnes of plastic but most of this is in landfill and there lies our problem. It is becoming unsustainable and having a detrimental effect on our planet and everything in it.

UN plastic graphic – http://www.un.org/en/events/environmentday/

A very easy change you can make in your life is to use a Water-to-Go bottle. It is a reusable bottle with a filter meaning not only can you save on plastic bottles but you can also fill up from any non-salt water source in the world. Our unique 3-in-1 technology filters will eliminate well in excess of 99.9% of all microbiological contaminants from water including viruses, bacteria, chemicals and heavy metals. So not only will you be able to protect your health, you be protecting the planet as well.

To illustrate this, just one 75cl filter is the equivalent of 400 single-use plastic bottles. Over the course of a year, this could amount to 1500 bottles – this is the way to make a difference and curb your plastic usage.  Water-to-Go is the perfect alternative to plastic bottles and a sustainable solution to plastic pollution.

On Tuesday 29th May, the United Nations also celebrates the 70th anniversary of UN Peacekeeping, a unique and dynamic department developed to help countries torn by conflict create the conditions for lasting peace. Water-to-Go is proud to have supported some of the United Nations Peacekeepers in Sudan on Operation TRENTON. It is fantastic to see that they stayed healthy and hydrated whilst on duty. They do so much to bring about world peace and Water-to-Go is pleased to have been a small part of that.

Water-to-Go has been in partnership with UN peacekeepers for several years, supplying them with their high demand for filter water bottles in war-torn or ravaged locations around the world. They have been able to travel sustainably and have protected their health and the planet without having to use single-use plastic water bottles. If they can do it, we can do it.

You can be part of the worldwide movement to clean up the planet

On Tuesday 5th June 2018, India will be the global host of 2018’s World Environment Day celebrations. This World Environment Day UN Environment is asking you, companies and civil society groups, to take a concrete action to Beat Plastic Pollution. Let’s all help to clean up our environment.

“The country has demonstrated tremendous global leadership on climate change and the need to shift to a low carbon economy, and India will now help galvanize greater action on plastics pollution. It’s a global emergency affecting every aspect of our lives. It’s in the water we drink and the food we eat. It’s destroying our beaches and oceans. India will now be leading the push to save our oceans and planet.”

Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme

Water-to-Go is involved in advocating the reuse of plastics and supports World Environment Day.  By buying a Water-to-Go bottle, you get to use a reusable water bottle for a minimum of five to ten years, only needing the filter to be changed incrementally during the year. Water-to-Go bottles are made from durable and strong materials that have longevity when it comes to lifespan and they are easy to use also.

Photo credit: Ben Bardsley-Ball, Unravelling Travelling

The People’s Day

Above all, World Environment Day is the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of the Earth. That “something” can be focused locally, nationally or globally; it can be a solo act or involve a crowd. Everyone is free to choose.

Water-to-Go also supports clean-ups of beaches and water-reserves with single-use plastics through our partners. Organisations such as the Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage organise such events and are getting the whole nation to help clean up our environment. Having a greener environment is in keeping with Water-to-Go’s mission and ethics and something we are incredibly passionate about.

Photo credit: Frazer Waller Photography

Reusable 75cl and 50cl bottles help save the environment by reducing the usage of single-use plastics.  Your Water-to-Go bottle should not end up in a landfill site or in the world’s waters.

The theme of reducing plastic pollution is continued by World Oceans’ Day which takes place shortly after World Environment Day on Friday 8th June 2018. 2018 is going to be the year of change and action as we are starting to realise we cannot carry on the way we are. We need to protect our environment to ensure the future of our planet and life on it. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development states our resolve “to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources.” It is imperative that we pull together and tackle the problem of plastic pollution. We need to make changes in our lives in order to save the planet.

By 2050, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish unless the industry cleans up its act.

Ellen MacArthur, The Guardian

This quote has been used a lot recently and highlights the severity of plastic pollution and what could happen if we don’t do something about it. The UN have highlighted that we need to Rethink Plastics and create a sustainable future for our planet.

In recent years, millions of people have taken part in thousands of registered activities worldwide. There are plenty of activities and things we can all to do raise awareness and do our bit for the environment.

For more details, visit the World Environment Day website.

Support Earth Day with Water-to-Go

End Plastic Pollution – Earth Day 2018 Campaign

What impact does drinking bottled water have on the environment?  Plastic pollution water bottles… 

Water-to-go is doing its part.  Unless it has been incinerated, every piece of plastic ever made still exists; Reason? Plastic takes over 500 years to degrade!  Over 70 billion (seventy thousand million) single use plastic water bottles are consumed annually in the US and Europe alone; National Geographic estimate that a maximum of 20% are recycled. That means that over 50 billion bottles go into landfill or end up in our oceans every year. 

plastic water bottle

Fill up your bottle with oil to a fifth of its capacity to witness how much oil is used in manufacturing the bottle and shipping it to you!  For every 1 litre of bottled water in your local supermarket, 3 litres have been used to make and ship it to you.   By consuming bottled water you are contributing to killing over 1 million sea birds and 100,000 mammals annually, who die by ingesting or becoming trapped in plastic waste.  Get water where you are certain of the quality by filtering it yourself, help reduce plastic waste and preserve natural resources by using a Water-to-Go reusable bottle and filter!

plastic pollution bottleWater-to-Go supports initiatives to curb pollution in the earth and add to a green planet.  From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.  In response, Earth Day 2018 will focus on fundamentally changing human attitude and behaviour about plastics and catalysing a significant reduction in plastic pollution.

The strategy to End Plastic Pollution will:

  • Lead and support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution.
  • Educate and mobilise citizens across the globe to demand action from governments and corporations to control and diminish plastic pollution.
  • Inform and activate citizens to take personal responsibility for the plastic pollution that each one of us generates by choosing to reject, reduce, reuse and recycle plastics.
  • Work with universities, school teachers and students to End Plastic Pollution.
  • Work with other organisations and networks and make Earth Day 2018 a platform to End Plastic. Pollution by developing resources that others can use and build partnerships.
  • Promote the work that cities and local governments are doing to tackle plastic pollution.
  • Empower journalists across the globe to report on the problem and its emerging solutions.

Earth Day Network will leverage the platform of Earth Day, April 22 2018 and the growing excitement around the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2020. We will work with key constituencies and influencers to build a world of educated consumers of all ages who understand the environmental, climate and health consequences of using plastics.

We will organise events in all continents of the world, build a global following and activate citizens to join our End Plastic Pollution advocacy campaigns.

In sum, we will use the power of Earth Day to elevate the issue of plastic pollution in the global agenda and inspire and demand effective action to reduce and control it.

Did you know that 300 million tons of plastic are sold each year and that 90% of that is thrown away?

Did you know that as plastic breaks down in our environment it can mimic human hormones and is linked to everything from breast cancer to early puberty? Is that what we want? Each segment of society bears the responsibility for this. Our corporations are making billions of dollars selling their products in disposable plastic containers but are refusing to take responsibility for what happens to the 100s of millions of plastic containers and bags that move through our global economy every single day.

Our governments are unable or unwilling to take the health risks of plastic seriously and are not moving to ban single-use plastics and non-recyclable products. And we are also at fault because we haven’t made the break from single-use plastics even though alternatives are now on the markets.

BBC Earth are also holding special Earth Day event in London that everyone can attend to learn more about the poignance of this day.

https://www.facebook.com/events/602067800151461/

Apple Regent Street welcomes the team behind BBC Earth’s epic series Blue Planet II. You’ll meet Producers and Directors Kathryn Jeffs, Will Ridgeon and Rachel Butler as they share how technology brings us closer to natural environments. And they’ll discuss creating a positive environmental impact, including raising awareness over single-use plastic and banning drinking straws.

Governments need to work towards banning single-use plastics and help support a move to sustainable non-polluting, non-fossil fuel based alternatives. We call on you all to immediately phase out single-use plastics, support sustainable alternatives, and tackle the billions of tons of plastics that are already in our oceans, our streams, our wildlife, and ourselves.

Tell our global leaders that the world can’t take much more plastic. If enough of us get behind a global ban on single-use plastics, we can begin to heal our oceans, our wildlife, and our children.

World Water Day 2018 – Solutions to the global water crisis

In our previous blog post, we mentioned that people all over the world are raising awareness about the importance of water and how we can solve the global water crisis as part of World Water Day 2018 which is happening on 22 March.

The United Nations has long been addressing the global crisis caused by unsafe water and sanitation and growing demands on the world’s water resources to meet human, economic and environmental needs. According to them, the answer is in nature.

A major part of the solution is to produce less pollution and improve the way we manage wastewater. We have heard it before but a circular economy is imperative to the sustainability of the planet. Prince Charles cited this when speaking at the ‘Our Ocean’ conference in Malta in October 2017. Although this talk plastic pollution in our oceans, a circular economy would affect all aspects of sustainable development. He highlighted that “this economic approach has to be a critical part of establishing a more harmonious relationship between humankind and the ocean that sustains us all.”

A more circular and therefore more sustainable economy requires us to value wastewater for its potential, rather than discard or ignore it. More than just an alternative source of water, safe wastewater management could help protect our ecosystems and give us energy, nutrients and other recoverable materials.

UN Water

Around 1.9 billion people live in areas where water is already scarce and this is just not acceptable. It is largely as a result of unfortunate natural disasters that cause absolute devastation in certain parts of the world. Even people who live in areas where there is running water, over 2 billion of them live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their health, education and livelihoods. We explored the importance of water as an essential building block of life in our previous blog post. This crisis will have far more consequences than we realise unless we pull together to address the problem. Hopefully, through World Water Day and the upcoming High-Level Political Forum later this year, the United Nations and other authorities will be able to address any issues and accelerate the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals.

We have to make safe, clean water for health and sanitation universally available all over the world and this starts with addressing how wastewater is managed according to the UN. We are getting to a stage where we have to think twice about how we use natural resources and how we can be more efficient as a global economy. Furthermore, as mentioned earlier, a circular economy would help accelerate progress and help us all commit to a sustainable future. These resources need to be recovered, recycled and reused instead of just thrown away.

The availability of safe and sufficient water supplies is inextricably linked to how wastewater is managed. Increased amounts of untreated sewage, combined with agricultural runoff and industrial discharge, have degraded water quality and contaminated water resources around the world.

UN Water

Another sustainable solution to our water crisis and plastic pollution is Water-to-Go. Our reusable filter bottle is the perfect alternative to single-use plastic bottles and gives you guaranteed access to safe, clean drinking water from any non-salt water source in the world.

Our unique 3-in-1 filters eliminate well in excess of 99.9% of microbiological contaminants including viruses, bacteria, chemicals and heavy metals from water leaving you with clean, safe water anytime, anywhere.

Find out in our next blog post what Water-to-Go are doing to help and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals here in this video.

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World Water Day 2018 – why water is an essential building block of life

In our previous blog post, we mentioned that water is an essential building block of life. It is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development.

People all over the world are raising awareness about the importance of water and how we can solve the global water crisis as part of World Water Day 2018 (22 March). You can read more about World Water Day 2018 in our previous blog.

Here at Water-to-Go, we know all about the importance of water and want everyone to see the benefits of drinking plenty of it. We all know that every person in the world needs clean contamination free water to survive so, at Water-to-Go, we want to give the World safe clean water that they can afford.

Water is the key to life — every system in our body depends on it. It is the solvent that transports many essential molecules and other particles around the body. Therefore, water helps carry nutrients to our cells, helps rid toxins from our organs, and keeps our nose, ears, and throat moist. Water makes up around 70% of us. It helps the body function, maintaining physical and mental health.

Around 1.9 billion people live in areas where water is already scarce. We have a very privileged life in Europe and the developed world as we have safe, clean water at our fingertips. Many people in the world, as we are all too aware, don’t have this luxury and we need to tackle this problem. This then affects their health and, as a result, affects their education, work and development.

It takes huge amounts of water to grow food for example. Globally we use 70% of our water sources for agriculture and irrigation, and only 10% on domestic uses. So, a huge part of the day for people in third-world countries is spent collecting water for domestic use as well as agriculture.

Women and children spend 258 million hours every day collecting water. This is time that could be spent working, caring for family, or attending school. Less time getting water means more time for life.

Water.org

The United Nations have realised that we need to accelerate progress and development in third-world countries with regards to improving water and sanitation. As a result, there will be a High-Level Political Forum later this year in July to review the Sustainable Development Goals in the hope to strengthen the means of implementation. Goal 6 is to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. This will be the first point of conversation as this is the main building block for sustainable development to take place.

The human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation are a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous & sustainable world. Ending poverty and relieving world hunger, for example, begins with water. It is fundamental to our being and is imperative to our sustainable future.

Relieving hunger in Africa has to begin with access to clean water. It may seem simple, but we forget that without access to a reliable source of water, food is hard to grow and even more difficult to preserve and prepare.

The Water Project

The UN say that the answer to our global water crisis is in nature. Good water quality is essential to human health, social and economic development, and the ecosystem. However, as populations grow and natural environments become degraded, ensuring there are sufficient and safe water supplies for everyone is becoming increasingly challenging. A major part of the solution is to produce less pollution and improve the way we manage wastewater.

Globally, 80% of wastewater flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused, contributing to a situation where around 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.

UN Water

If these people had a Water-to-Go bottle, they wouldn’t be at risk to these illnesses such as cholera and polio. Our unique 3-in-1 filter technology eliminates well in excess of 99.9% of microbiological contaminants including viruses and bacteria from any non-salt water source in the world.

The UN are highlighting that there are solutions but they will take time to implement. Water-to-Go are looking to do our bit for World Water Day and will announce this in due course. Water-to-Go is a sustainable solution to this crisis so join our journey and support us to help make a difference.

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Hunger Project Partnership

Water To Go are excited to announce our partnership with The Hunger Project.

The Hunger Project is a global, non-profit organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. Their vision is a world where every woman, man and child leads a healthy, fulfilling life of self-reliance and dignity. Their mission is to end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world.

They have programs in more than 16,000 communities throughout Africa, South Asia and Latin America that seek to empower women and men living in rural villages to become the agents of their own development and make sustainable progress in overcoming hunger and poverty.

Hunger Project
The Hunger Project seeks to empower women and mobilise communities in the hope of eliminating extreme hunger and poverty by 2030. Photo credit: Johannes Odé

The Hunger Project and Water-To-Go are piloting an exciting partnership in Switzerland. The project will see Water To Go launch a limited edition bottle and for each sale, the equivalent of £20.00 will be donated to The Hunger Project (the bottle retails at £39.99). You can purchase the bottle and support the Hunger Project now on our website. The partnership will initially focus on the European market and will run through to December 31, 2017.

Our mission is to help enhance access to safe, healthy water anywhere in the world, while minimizing the waste that accumulates from the use of disposable plastic water bottles. Access to clean water is a critical part of The Hunger Project’s approach to ending worldwide hunger, as underlined by the Sustainable Development Goals provided by the United Nations (SDG 6.)

This new partnership with Water-to-Go demonstrates the opportunities that exist when shared values align between organisations. We want to help the Hunger Project achieve their long term goals and be a part of their journey to eliminate extreme hunger and poverty by 2030.

Limited edition Hunger Project bottle

 

Water To Go have worked with charities and organisations in places such as Africa for projects like the Child Aid Project in Gambia in 2014. This work is something we are passionate about and are want to carry out in order to make a real change in underprivileged communities.

Child Aid Gambia Project 2014
Child Aid Gambia Project 2014
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This picture from Child Aid 2014 perfectly shows the huge problem of plastic waste in the world but also the difference we are trying to make with reusable bottles that deliver clean, safe water for everyone.

 

There is a lot of support of this joint initiative from many different people and organisations and we are delighted with how the project is going so far. One person of note who is endorsing the project is Igor Ustinov; an internationally renowned artist and sculptor. Igor is working with affiliated organisations and projects worldwide which are dedicated to a common goal: to foster diversity and open-mindedness within society through prejudice awareness and creativity, to help children with immediate aid and to grant them access to education irrespective of their social or ethnic background.

“This partnership goes hand in hand with the Hunger Project strategies that address the problem of extreme poverty as a whole. Water is a central element in the situation of extreme poverty.

It is necessary to think about the means that can be developed for today’s and tomorrow’s humanity. This partnership brings together the bridge between the different durable solutions in favour of the end of hunger in the world. I am delighted that this partnership, which I have endorsed, has been successfully implemented by Stefan Spiridon, MD Water-to-Go Switzerland, Marie-Laure de Beausacq, Head of THP Suisse Romande, Alexandra Koch and the global team from The Hunger Project in New York and London.”

I fully support this Water-to-Go and The Hunger Project partnership, which will contribute to supporting our strategies in Africa, South Asia and Latin America for community-driven development.”

We are delighted to have his support and hope this will only increase the reach and backing of this life changing project.

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Investing in The Hunger Project with Water To Go has the potential to make a real difference in the world. We want everyone to join us on this journey so look out for updates on our website our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn)

For more information visit http://thp.watertogo.eu/the-hunger-project/