Why Water-to-Go? What makes Water-to-Go different?
These are questions that we get asked fairly often, particularly when we are exhibiting at trade shows, so we thought we would explain what separates our water filter bottles to the rest.
To help us answer this question, we have got the opinions of one of our partners; Steph from the award-winning blog, Big World Small Pockets. Steph is a big travel addict who has plenty of experience of traveling the world, and more recently due to the pandemic, has been exploring more tourism spots closer to home in the UK. Big World Small Pockets was set up to show others how they too can save for travel and how easy it is to travel cheaply, so her Water-to-Go bottle has definitely been a key item wherever she goes.
Why Choose Water-to-Go
Water filtration systems have been around for a number of years now but not all of them have been very convenient for everyday use or have been that cost-effective. Water-to-Go provides a solution to those problems and more, by providing a portable water filtration system in a reusable BPA-free bottle. Our water filter bottles are very simple to use — Fill up, Filter, Drink — there is no waiting involved or any pump action needed. You simply fill up your bottle from any tap or non-saltwater source, replace your lid with filter cartridge attached, open the spout cover and drink away! This means you can use the bottles all the time, wherever you are, and have access to safe drinking water whenever you need it.
Water-to-Go also has a range of sizes, colours and designs which is one of the reasons that Steph decided to choose Water-to-Go:
“With so many different brands of filter bottles on the market, I choose to go for the product I’d seen and heard the most about – Water-To-Go. Not only did this company offer one of the most cost-effective bottles on the market, they also get great reviews and they are British-owned and based just outside London. In a climate where I’m trying to buy more products from local and independent businesses, Water-To-Go seemed a great choice. I loved that there were so many different designs of bottles to choose from within the Water-To-Go range too. From active bottles designed for cyclists to 75cl bottles perfect for travellers, their products come in a range of colours and sizes, where you can mix and match the lids and filter colours too. I also love their simple and clear instructions when it comes to activating the filter.”
3-in-1 Filter Technology
The main thing that you want from a filter bottle is a filter that works well. Water-to-Go filter bottles include a 3-in-1 technology filter that is proven to eliminate up to 99.9999% of all microbiological contaminants from any non-saltwater source. Three different (1 traditional and 2 nano) technologies are combined in one filter cartridge to deliver safe, healthy water worldwide.
Our filters have been independently tested against internationally recognised standards by industry specialists in the USA, UK, China and India; all confirming that Water-to-Go filters:
- Remove up to 99.9999% of viruses
- Remove up to 99.9999% of bacteria, protozoa and cysts
- Remove 99.9% of Pesticides
- Remove 99.9% of Chemicals such as Chlorine and Fluoride
- Remove 99.9% of Heavy Metals such as Lead
You can see the full list and learn more about our technology here.
Over the 10 years that we have been a business, Water-to-Go have become industry leaders in terms of our internationally recognised and tested filtration, compared to the other filter bottles on the market. This was the main deciding factor Steph outlines in choosing to go with Water-to-Go:
“The main reason I bought a Water-To-Go filter bottle was due to the quality of the filter and the peace of mind this gave me. After all, I really cannot afford, as a blogger permanently on the move, to drink tap water in some remote region of the world thinking it’s been filtered, only to then get sick. Luckily, the Water-To-Go filter bottles use an incredible 3-in-1 design system that has been rigorously tested across the globe. It involves 3 separate technologies – mechanical filtration, electrical and activated carbon – which work in different ways to reduce the volume of contaminants in water by up to 99.9999%, without leaving a horrible taste. There’s no adhesives used in their filters either and, despite the fact they eliminate harmful contaminants from the water, they still allow beneficial minerals such as sodium and magnesium to pass through leaving you with the healthiest, best-tasting water possible.”
Safe Drinking Water, Wherever You Are
Our main goal is to provide safe, drinking water, wherever your journey takes you. So whether that be to the Gym, to Glasgow or even to Ghana; you will be able to access safe drinking water anytime, anywhere. Sometimes, water filtration systems aren’t that easy or convenient to use in practice, but we know that is not the case with Water-to-Go. We have developed robust BPA-free bottles that are easy to fill up, and a world-renowned filtration system that is easy to use and that works instantly. All you have to do is fill your bottle up from any tap or non-saltwater source, replace the lid with filter attached, and drink away. It couldn’t be simpler!
Over the years, we have been listening to customer feedback and have been constantly developing the product in order to improve the user experience. In 2019, Water-to-Go developed a new and hygienic click lid for the bottles. The new and improves features of the lid included:
- A larger spout for an improved flow rate of over 20%
- A protective, sealable cover for the spout
- A new breather valve to allow for a good flow rate
- A new breather plug for a hygienic, improved seal
“I’ll admit that when I first bought my Water-To-Go filter bottle, I did wonder how often I was actually going to use it. And the answer, I’m delighted to concede is …. all the bloody time! Yes, I now use my filter bottle on a daily basis. It’s actually become my go-to water bottle, even when I’m not travelling or filling it up from a natural stream or a non-potable drinking source abroad. The brilliant thing about this bottle is that it’s so simple and easy to use, that you forget all about it being a filter bottle! It’s quick to fill it – whether from the tap, a lake or a stream – and incredibly compact. Yes, one of the more surprising things about the Water-To-Go bottle is how well it actually fits into a bag, or even a coat pocket in my case! Yet the best thing by far, about the practicality of this filter bottle, is that it means you no longer have to carry big bottles of water on long treks, hikes, walks or day trips. That sort of inconvenience is now forever a thing of the past … and I couldn’t be happier!”
Helping to protect the planet
One of the main reasons that the business was started in 2010 was to provide a sustainable alternative to single-use plastic water bottles and to help protect the planet from single-use plastic pollution. This is something that has resonated with our customers and partners the most as they realise that although we are a commercial business; we are seeking to make a real difference. By using a Water-to-Go bottle, you will be able to save the equivalent of 400 or 260 single-use plastic bottles (depending on what size bottle you have) which is a huge reduction in plastic waste, not to mention it is also a large saving financially. By providing safe, drinking water at just 6p a litre, Water-to-Go helps to protect your health and finances as well as the planet.
We have tried to make the business as sustainable as possible, as well as the product. As a result, all our packaging is fully recyclable, our filter membrane is biodegradable, and the casing that covers the filter is recyclable so there is no waste product. We are working hard to minimise our own carbon footprint and effects on the planet as well as our customers’, so this is an important aspect of the business.
Our bottles have also been used by thousands of people all over the world who have been able to save money and resources on not needing to purchase single-use plastic water bottles. This has meant that we have been able to significantly reduce plastic waste and help protect the planet. We have also worked with many leading travel and tourism companies, as part of their responsible and sustainable tourism policy, to provide their customers with safe drinking water on their tours. This has included companies such as Explore, Wild Frontiers, The Belize Tourism Board and KE Adventure to name but a few. Water-to-Go is a brand that is trusted which is one of the reasons we have continued to grow and trade over the 10 years we have been a business.
So by using Water-to-Go products and you’ll be healthier, wealthier, and helping to make the world a better place! This is something that is echoed by Steph:
“The best thing about the Water-To-Go filter bottle is that it significantly lowers your contribution to the pollution of our planet. Not only do throwaway bottles of water cost you money (which, depending whereabouts in the world you are, can amount to a fair bit) but they also contribute to the masses of plastic waste accumulated every day. Instead, buying a Water-To-Go filter bottle actively lessens your impact on the environment!”
10 years of Water-to-Go
We are delighted to be celebrating Water-to-Go’s 10th anniversary as a business in 2020. When the company was founded back in 2010, we didn’t think it would have developed into the business it is today but thanks to the support of our partners, investors and our customers; we have been able to grow and continue to fulfil our mission: to change the world, one bottle at a time. Water-to-Go was founded in 2010 by Dave Shanks, who sought to create a sustainable solution to single-use plastic bottles, after seeing the effects of plastic pollution on his travels. From there, a reusable bottle and the Water-to-Go 3-in-1 nanotechnology filters were born! Combining three different technologies, the results were perfect for all outdoor pursuits and travel as all microbiological contaminants are filtered with up to 99.9999% efficiency.
Realising that here was a technology that could provide clean healthy water almost anywhere and which could also reduce the environmental damage being done was the motivation to establish the Water-to-Go brand and business. The business has continued to grow and is now trading in over 50 countries and has partnered up with amazing ambassadors, organisations, charities and causes to help change the world, one bottle at a time.
If you are interested in getting a bottle, we have some special offers to celebrate our 10 year anniversary.
We will leave the final statement to Steph about why so many people have chosen Water-to-Go over the last 10 years:
“Long story short, the Water-To-Go filter bottles are amazing! They’re durable, small and not only filter the water you drink, but also take away any nasty tastes you might get too. This is especially helpful if you’re filling up your filter bottles from lakes, streams or in countries where the tap water isn’t the best. Filter water bottles are actively saving our planet from plastic waster and by getting yourself one, you could be helping support our precious environment as well.”