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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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

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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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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Partnership with Medecins Sans Frontieres

Water-to-Go are pleased to        announce support for Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Founded to save lives and speak out, MSF has helped tens of millions of people since 1971. The 13 founders have grown to over 36,000 staff on the frontline of emergency medical aid. The movement has grown and now works in over 71 countries around the world, with teams ready for any new emergency. Water-to-Go has long been a supporter of MSF, and has supplied Water-to-Go filtration bottles via their Barcelona logistics operation, and are proud to extend the association. Water-to-Go are     delighted to support MSF’s efforts and goals with this project.

 

 

This particular project was brought to fruition by marketing and promotions consultancy Pandinavia and Water to Go Switzerland.

“We are delighted to work alongside Pandinavia on a project that can help deliver so much.”

Stefan Spiridon, Managing Director of Water To Go Switzerland.

How Water to Go will support MSF.

Water to Go have manufactured a limited edition MSF branded bottle (pictured below) which will be sold to raise funds for MSF Switzerland.

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Since 2014, MSF has developed an e-commerce website to support the actions of the NGO. On the e-shop of Pandinavia for MSF, you will find various products and for the new collection “I Love MSF”, Water-to-Go have manufactured a limited edition MSF branded bottle (pictured above). A percentage of each sale will go directly into the projects on the ground.

You can find all these items on the following website:                  http://msfshop.pandinavia.ch/fr/i-love-msf/

Donors are also a vital part of the movement – their generosity and     support helps fund everything MSF do, with 90 percent of their income coming from individual donations. This allows MSF to stay independent, neutral and impartial– and to access those in greatest need quickly.

To make a donation for MSF, please visit: https://www.msf.ch/nous-soutenir/faire-un-don/

 

Partnership with Wild Frontiers

Water To Go are delighted to announce our partnership with Wild Frontiers Travel.

Wild Frontiers is an award-winning adventure travel company, founded in 2002 by the acclaimed travel writer Jonny Bealby.

Water To Go and Wild Frontiers share common goals, to work towards reducing of pollution caused by single use plastic water bottles in all parts of the world, and particularly by developing an ethos to promote Responsible Tourism. Wild Frontiers have established the Wild Frontiers Foundation to support and develop community projects in destinations they visit.

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Wild Frontiers Travel

What Wild Frontiers say about the Wild Frontiers Foundation:

“Monies raised through the sale of Water-to-Go bottles will aid a new project that currently being set up by the Wild Frontiers Foundation to clear plastic waste and educate communities in the remote Kalash Valleys of northern Pakistan.”

“Supporting communities we visit has always been a huge part of the Wild Frontiers’ ethos. From the outset we have contributed to projects in places we travel, taking it a step further in 2009 by setting up our own charitable foundation. Through the Wild Frontiers Foundation we are able to raise funds and channel money into grass root projects, predominately focused on education, we have set up or support in countries including India, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Laos.

Omo Valley Ethiopia


Other projects we are working on and supporting at present include:

• The Wild Frontiers Foundation sponsored school in Baleygon Village, Northern Pakistan
• A student scholarship programme to support higher education in the Chitral region of Northern Pakistan
• A primary school rebuilding project in the Kalash Valleys, Pakistan
• Classroom sponsorship, offering free English lessons to students in remote northern Laos
• A girls football coaching programme in Laos
• Hospitality traineeship sponsorship for young people from Kolkata’s streets and slums in India
• Establishing e-learning classrooms in schools in Ethiopia.”Wild Frontiers logoWater To Go are really excited about this partnership and are eagerly looking forward to working with such a well renowned travel company in Wild Frontiers. We fit together so well because our brand identity and values are entwined with each other. We are both determined to reduce plastic waste around the world and to save the planet. We also look to educate people on these issues and to support underprivileged communities in a bid to create sustainable solutions for the problems that they face. This partnership will enable us to do this and to make a difference in this world.

Water to go are delighted to support these actions and have committed to donate 15% of all sales revenue for Water to Go products purchased by Wild Frontiers clients to the Wild Frontiers Foundation.

More information will be posted on social media and on the website

To find out more about the Foundation’s work, please visit:
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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:

Have you got what it takes to be one of the first to take on Africa’s highest peaks?

13,000 metres. 14 days. 3 peaks. 1 pioneering mission…

If you’ve always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro but want to step off the beaten track, then this might be just the thing for you. We have partnered with Three Peaks Africa who run the ultimate adventure challenge brought to you deep from the heart of the African savannah.

Not only will you be ticking off one of the Seven Summits and tallest free-standing mountain in the world, Mt Kilimanjaro (5,895m), but by the time you stand on Uhuru Peak you will have already reached the giddy heights of Mt Meru (4,566m) and Mt Longido (2,637m). Often overshadowed by their big sister, these mountains provide travellers with the opportunity to step off the normal well-trodden trails. With large parts of Africa still largely untouched, the complete Three Peak trail will feature some of the most biodiverse and culturally distinctive places on Earth, and is famous for its abundance of wildlife: giraffes, buffalo, bushbuck, elephants, blue monkeys, to name just a few. All we can say is, don’t forget to bring your camera!

So whether you are an experienced adventurer, or just starting out, this is the perfect opportunity to combine a safari and trekking into one amazing two-week challenge.

Three Peaks Africa’s ethos is to ensure that their operations are ethical and have a positive social impact to both the local community and environment. A key objective of the business will be to encourage the idea of “no waste” and is developing “kit recycling” programmes, whereby unwanted hiking kit can be recycled/resold to others with profits going to the local Tanzanian charities.

Their ‘no waste’ policy is one very close to our hearts here at Water-to-Go. We’re proud to be partnering with such an environmentally aware company who is looking to reduce the environmental impact from single-use plastic bottles on the mountains.

Expeditions will be running in January 2018 and June 2018. For more information, visit their website www.threepeaksafrica.com, follow them on facebook and Instagram @threepeaksafrica or drop them an email at info@threepeaksafrica.com.