Bottled water VS Water-to-Go

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It’s the world’s bestselling soft drink – more people buy bottled water than fruit juice or fizzy drinks. Bottled water can cost between 500 to 1000 times more than tap water. So why do we think it is so much better than tap water? So, is it healthier? And does it taste better?

Perceived benefits of bottled water

People buy bottled water simply because it is marketed as being “better” than tap water making it better for you. Furthermore, it is the most convenient way (when you are out and about) to get water and stay hydrated. In one study, convenience, taste, and health risks were influential factors for participants when deciding whether to buy a bottle of water or not.

The real story

It certainly has a hefty carbon footprint – with some reports estimating around 82.8g of CO2 for a half-litre bottle – not insignificant when everyone’s drinking it. Furthermore, the manufacture of plastic, as well as its destruction by incineration, pollutes air, land and water and exposes workers to toxic chemicals. The worst problem with bottled water is that the plastic it is made from either does not biodegrade or takes hundreds of years. It just sits and accumulates in landfills or pollutes the environment and the oceans.

So is it really so much better that it’s worth both paying for and harming the planet? 

There is no evidence that bottled water is better for you; in fact it may be less safe than tap water. Two-thirds of water from the tap comes from surface water (reservoirs, lakes, rivers) and the rest from ground water (underground geological formations that store rainwater). For some reason, we don’t trust tap water because it is free and therefore assume there is something wrong with it. However, researchers found bottled water is subject to far less stringent safety tests than tap water and is much more likely to be contaminated or become a source of infection.

People have gained access to water, but huge inequalities remain.

A new report by the World Health Organisation/Unicef points out that since 1990, 2.6 billion people have gained access to an “improved” drinking water source, one that is designed to protect against contamination. But in 2015, 663 million people still drank water from unprotected sources.  In 41 countries, a fifth of people drink water from a source that is not protected from contamination

Inevitably, there are still issues still prevalent with tap water all over the world: chlorine which is added as a disinfectant; insecticides and herbicides which can wash into rivers and lakes and seep into groundwater. Arsenic, which occurs naturally in rocks and soil, linked to increased risk of cancer; and lead, a harmful neurotoxin can be deposited into drinking water as a result of old, corroded metal pipelines.
So whilst tap water may be better than bottled water, it is still not the best option when you are travelling. You may not have access to taps and would rather not use single-use plastic bottles. Surely there is a solution to all these problems and a way to access safe, clean water wherever you are without harming the environment? This is where Water-to-Go comes in.

Use Water-to-Go and together we can change the world, one bottle, one person at a time.

Unlike bottled water, Water-to-Go eradicates all the harmful substances tap water contains whether it be chlorine or any other. Not just that, Water-to-Go eliminates over 99.9% of ALL microbiological contaminants including viruses, bacteria, chemicals and heavy metals such as lead from any non-salt water source.

It is perfect for everyday use, travelling, backpacking, outdoors, holidays, and sports. You can fill up and drink from taps, rivers, streams and standpipes to name just a few. The filter will even eliminate the smell and taste of the water.

Water-to-Go bottles are environmentally friendly reusable alternatives to single-use plastic bottles meaning you won’t need to keep buying a continuous supply of water bottles when travelling. Use Water-to-Go and you will be protecting your health, your finances and most importantly our planet from plastic pollution.

Use Water-to-Go, and together we can change the world, one bottle, one person at a time.

How Water-to-Go Was Invaluable To The Global Convoy

The project began in early 2016 with the idea to travel around the world as cheaply as possible through overlanding. The group; Max, Becca, Joel and Rich, created the concept of attempting to complete a full loop of the globe with no planning and with a tiny budget. We knew this would entail many challenging situations that would require serious team work. Shortly after sharing this idea on Facebook a number of people got involved and the team began to grow. We looked for the cheapest cars available on Gumtree, the first being a Skoda Felica for £75 and the second being a Nissan Micra for just £150. After purchasing these and getting more people involved this created a solid team for the convoy. We then started approaching sponsors asking for help through donating kit or support us and as a result, Water-to-Go were one of first product sponsors. 

Then we set off East. Travelling across 4 continents and a total of 46 countries, we found ourselves in all sorts of situations both good and bad. Being an optimistic and a slightly crazy team from the start, we were ready to face all challenges ahead of us and only hope for the best of situations. Our first continent, Europe showed us the possibilities of collecting hitchhikers and at one point we had a total of 5 cars with 26 people. We were lucky enough to have our Water-to-Go bottles for the entire journey but even within Europe, we found ourselves cutting our costs by filling up from waterfalls, lakes and rivers.

Hot Springs, Guatemala Photo by André Correia

Entering Russia and Central Asia on the other hand, was another story. Things became a lot more serious and challenging. Due to the roads in this part of the world being in some cases ‘non-existent’ we had some of our biggest breakdowns on the trip. The first, being in Kazakhstan, when we hit the oil sump on the diesel Skoda and were stranded in the desert. A twelve hour journey turned into 3 days, but we were rescued by the amazing workers at a nearby oil refinery. During this time as we weren’t prepared to be stranded in the desert, Water-to-Go was literally a life saver. We were given water from a passer-by and we didn’t even question using our bottles as we knew that although we had no idea where the water had come from we could drink without having to worry about illness or dehydration. 

The Sacred Vallery, Peru

After our final sprint to Vladivostok just in time for our visas expiring, we flew to Japan. This was the first time the Convoy as a whole were without the cars and to embrace Japans hospitality and quirky culture we decided to hitchhike our way to Korea where we would later fly on to Canada to collect the cars. Japan gave us some of the most in-depth cultural experiences from to drifting down Mountain ranges near Mount Fuji and Samurai sword making, but this was our first experience backpacking with Water-to-Go. It allowed us to carry all our gear and not have to worry about lugging around litres of water. This convenience allowed us to focus our time on absorbing the culture rather than worrying about when we would next find drinking water.

Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala

Canada was the first of our shipping nightmares! We were faced with a month-long delay but on the positive side this allowed us to venture out into British Columbia and explore the beautiful nature that Canada has to offer. We were lucky enough to experience the beautiful landscapes of North America by visiting an array of national parks, including Yosemite. As hikers we used our bottles frequently in Yosemite, filling up from some of the most famous waterfalls! Being able to drink such untreated water and not getting sick felt literally so refreshing.

As we headed south through both Central and South America we continued to be accepted into communities across Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. This part of the world was very much new territory for the majority of us and we found ourselves captivated by its temples and Mayan history. Unfortunately, some of these areas are heavily covered in rubbish. We were horrified to see piles burning on roadsides continuously through Central and South America and beaches swamped with plastic. It was saddening to see beaches in Utilla, Honduras covered in plastic that had washed up from other places, destroying the environment. For the team it was a time of realisation that Water-to-Go bottles help prevent this. We calculated that if the team were to drink an average of 2 litres of water a day, for the duration of the trip, we would have used around 2,760, 1 litre plastic bottles.

We wanted to create a project where everyone and anyone could be involved and we would work with what people had to offer. Not only were we optimistic for ourselves, but by creating a project for all to be involved, created optimism in others and gave opportunities to likeminded people. The project specifically demonstrates how little equipment or modification to your car you need in order to survive. At times we wished we were more prepared but our teamwork and optimism got us through the journey and from this we have created some strong friendships with people all over the world. Sponsors like Water-to-Go really helped us achieve this goal and have been hugely influential on our journey and survival. Upon our return we have been taking our Water-to-Go bottle with us across Europe to an array of Outdoor and Adventure shows where we were able to share this amazing product.

Becca has also featured Water-to-Go in her top 10 Essentials to Travelling. These include the things that she has taken with her everywhere around the world.

 

Guest blog post written by Rebecca Marsh

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Global Convoy

Chaz Powell becomes new Water-to-Go ambassador

Water-to-Go is delighted to announce that Chaz Powell has become a new ambassador for the brand. This a fantastic opportunity for the business and for Chaz so we are excited to see what the future holds.

We caught up with our new ambassador – “It is a huge honour to announce that I have now been made an ambassador for the life-saving water filtration system Water-to-Go.

Water-to-Go is a product that has breathed new life into my expeditions over the past few years and is now one of the most crucial pieces of kit that I carry whilst out on my many remote and wild journeys.
It has changed the way I look at adventure, allowing me to venture further into more and more inaccessible regions, but yet still obtain safe clean drinking water without the worry of becoming sick or seriously dehydrated. With my plans for more wild African based trekking adventures in motion, I look forward to continuing to be supported and using such an incredible piece of equipment.”

Chaz recently completed his Zambezi Hike – walking the length of the Zambezi River and eventually reaching the Indian Ocean completely unaided. It was an incredible achievement which lasted 137 days, 3000km & 4 million steps! We were pleased that Water-to-Go was an important part of this expedition and that Chaz wants to continue his journey in partnership with Water-to-Go.

It is great to see that our values align as Chaz is also an advocate of sustainable and responsible travel. Using the Water-to-Go bottles is a great way of reducing your carbon footprint and plastic waste when travelling. It is the perfect alternative to single-use plastic bottles and is the solution to the huge plastic pollution problem in our oceans. Chaz will be helping us to spread the word so it is great to have someone onboard who is going to be amplifying these values to the wider public.

Chaz is always looking for his next challenge and we want to make sure that Water-to-Go is with him every step of the way. He is currently looking to do a couple of big treks over the next couple of months. He is also planning some bigger expeditions which we can’t wait to tell everyone about. You can be sure that Chaz has a lot in store in the next few years and we are looking forward to what we can achieve together.

Keep up with our journey on social media and on our website

Prince Charles addresses plastic pollution problem

There has been a lot of recent awareness campaigns particularly in the British media regarding ocean pollution and this week, Prince Charles has added to this campaign and called for urgent action to be taken.

At the ‘Our Ocean’ conference in Malta this week, Prince Charles addressed the shocking statistics that we are all too familiar with and the changes that have to be made to save our oceans, and indeed the planet, from plastic pollution.

He stated that “the 8 million tonnes of plastic that enter the sea every year, through our own doing, is now almost ubiquitous…Wherever you swim there are particles of plastic near you, and we are very close to reaching the point when whatever wild caught fish you eat, will contain plastic.”

Prince Charles is clearly, and has been, incredibly passionate about this issue along with the conservation of our rainforests and drew attention to the sustainable solution to this problem. “Faced with such damaging effects on the ocean from plastic waste, from the throw-away convenience lifestyles of many around the world. It is utterly crucial that we transition to a circular economy…[that] allows plastic along with many other substances to be recovered, recycled and reused instead of…thrown away.”

He went on to highlight 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.”

This was broadcast live on Sky’s pop up channel, Sky Ocean Rescue, who have been pioneers of the recent campaign to make people in the UK and around the world more aware about the amount of plastic that is contaminating our oceans. Through this initiative, they explored the different ways people can help to make a difference and inspiring them to take action in order to protect the planetIn this way, the British public were encouraged to become #OceanHeroes.

Sky also announced this week that it would remove all single-use plastic products from its operations and supply chains by 2020. The company will also invest £25m in a fund for startups and other businesses working on technology to solve the plastic problem. Hopefully, this will set the trend for other businesses and organisations to support these initiatives and do their bit to stop plastic polluting our oceans.

Slowly but surely, awareness about the plastic pollution problem is being circulated across the globe and is now high on the agenda. This is the first step to make people aware that this problem is not going to just sort itself out so initiatives in different parts of the world are being put in place to make this happen.

At the conference, the EU also announced plans to devote more than €550m to protecting the health of oceans, with more than 30 initiatives including efforts to combat piracy and illegal fishing, a satellite monitoring system, and a new plastics strategy for the bloc.

Other high profile commentators and experts have also shown their support for these initiatives amidst the severity of this problem. David Attenborough, for one, expressed his shock and heartbreak at the devastation plastic pollution has caused to marine animals and birds, with particular reference to a mother albatross feeding her chicks plastic mistaking it for food.

With the concern for the oceans also high on our agenda, Water-to-Go are pleased to be supporting Incredible Oceans at the World Travel Market in November. This will be a fantastic opportunity for us to reach out to travellers, travel companies and businesses who are looking for sustainable travel solutions for them and their clients as there is increased concern about the amount of plastic we consume.

Find out more about there event on their website: http://london.wtm.com/

It is vital that we stop certain behaviours in using single-use plastic and find sustainable solutions to save our planet. Water-to-Go is one of those solutions.

Keep up to date with the Water-to-Go journey on our website and on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn).

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.

Connecting Minds – Enabling Greatness

Keep up to date with the Water-to-Go journey on our website and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn)

 

Partnership with Journey Latin America

Journey Latin America are the UK’s leading specialist in providing bespoke, specialised travel experiences in Latin America. They offer the opportunity to experience something extraordinary on inspiring journeys throughout Mexico, Central and South America. 

Journey Latin America have over 30 years of experience and expertise, knowledge and know-how, as well as a team of travel experts who all have extensive first-hand knowledge of Latin America and a passion for sharing it.

Whilst they are incredibly passionate about the industry they work in, Journey Latin America are committed to providing responsible tourism and caring about the environment that they visit. Travel and tourism can both benefit and damage the environment, the economy, the social structure, culture and communities in any country.

This is why Journey Latin America aim to provide sustainable travel when visiting respective countries in Latin America. This includes providing authentic experiences, promoting responsible travel and developing worldwide relationships.

Sustainable travel is an expression used to embody the travel trade’s principles of using tourism to benefit local communities, conserve natural resources, and bolster the survival of culture and heritage.”

We are therefore proud to announce this partnership with Journey Latin America as both organisations share values and are working towards the same outcomes.

“In tandem with AITO, we are working on a pledge whose aim is to encourage sustainable practices in the destination we send our travellers. Having heeded feedback from our clients and Tour Leaders, we decided to focus our efforts on combating the high level of waste caused by plastic water bottles. By encouraging our clients to buy a water bottle with an effective water filtration system which can be taken with them on their travels, we hope to reduce waste and do our bit for the environment.”

Journey Latin America are therefore offering a 50% discount on Water To Go bottles to their clients and from each sale, Water-to-Go will donate 15% to the Lata Foundation.

The Lata Foundation was set up by the Latin America Travel Association so that they could give something back to the countries where they work.

Journey Latin America currently supports The LATA Foundation, a UK-based charity that supports grassroots social and environmental projects throughout Latin America. These projects are carefully chosen and always aim to relieve poverty through sustainable development and environmental conservation.

The Latin America travel industry in the UK is working together to support social and environmental projects throughout Latin America. Their projects are helping to transform lives, providing clean water, dental or medical support and practical training to provide people with new skills in Mexico, Central and South America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure you also keep up with everything that is going on at Water-to-Go on our website and follow us on our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn).

Partnership With Steppes Travel

Water to Go are pleased to announce their support towards Steppes travel.

Who Are They?

Steppes Travel are a company that provide bespoke and tailored trips all over world so that you can fully experience and appreciate the richness of a country’s history, culture, cuisine, flora and fauna. Steppes are also an organisation, motivated on stopping plastic pollution across the globe. Water to Go are excited to continue on supporting Steppes Travel as a referral partner and hope that together we can make a difference.

Why Are We Doing It

We will be working together on a referral scheme where we will produce a limited edition bottle that Steppes Travel will be able to offer to their clients and customers. Funds raised from this will be generated towards the Steppes Travel charity.

The benefit of this sponsorship will be for enabling Steppes Travel to continue the good works of stopping plastic pollution globally. We feel that we can be at at use by working together to end plastic pollution.

We are also very excited to be a sponsor of the Steppes Travel Beyond Festival later this year in September. We will be selling bottles there and 50% of sales at the event will also go towards the Steppes Travel Beyond charities fund.

 

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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.

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.

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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.

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A constructed image of The 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.

Igor Ustinov is endorsing this joint initiative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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/

 

 

Dave Cornthwaite gives a TEDx talk in Brussels

Adventurer, Dave Cornthwaite is the latest star of the famous Tedx Events giving a talk on ‘How to Create a Life You Don’t Need a Holiday From’.

Having attained everything he’d always been told would define a successful adulthood, Dave Cornthwaite shares how he swapped comfort for a life of adventure, accidentally started a community and realised that ultimately, the bravest thing we can do is accept that we’re different from everybody else.

Since quitting a job as a really bad graphic designer in 2005, Dave Cornthwaite has developed a successful career based around his passions.

At the core, he is a record-breaking adventurer who has travelled over 19,000 miles in eleven journeys as part of his groundbreaking Expedition1000 project: 25 journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorised transport.

Dave has written three books: the bestselling Life in the Slow Lane, a hapless search for love in Date, and BoardFree, the story of how he left his job to skateboard further than anyone ever had.

His uniquely entertaining and motivational keynote presentations have been enjoyed on six continents and his passionate advocacy of the word YES has contributed to the sprouting of countless adventures worldwide, big and small.

In between adventures Dave is committed to enabling others to reach their own potential and a life fully realised through social journeys, workshops, group expeditions and mindset-shaping projects. He runs a social enterprise called SayYesMore and a community of doers called The YesTribe, as well as annual Exploring Mindset paddles down the Mississippi.

If his enthusiasm for simple living, the power of adventure for good and the glorious pursuit of enjoying Mondays isn’t enough to get you ready for a new challenge, nothing will.

Dave is no stranger to the benefits of Water-to-Go on an adventure. During his ‘Walk the Masar‘ expedition, Dave and fellow adventurer, Leon walked 1,000 miles across the Middle East armed with their trusty filter bottles.

Watch Dave’s Tedx talk below: