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

Public Relations and Peacekeeping

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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

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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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.

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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/

 

 

2 Camouflage Bottles Coming Soon

We received such an amazing response to our Camouflage Bottle designs that we have decided to create 2 of them!

Customers were given the choice of 5 different Camouflage designs to choose from with the idea being that the most popular one was going to be made.

However, due to the overwhelming response, we’ve decided to make the 2 most popular! A & D were the clear winners and will be going into production shortly.

We are hoping to have these available on the website before Christmas.

camo-fbIf you voted for your favourite design, you might have entered our competition – We were offering 10 lucky winners the chance to be the first owners of the winning design. The 10 winners are:

  1. Patrick Ramsey
  2. Phillip Davies
  3. Wayne Lawton
  4. Selena Pratt
  5. Ben Richards
  6. Joseph Ritchie
  7. Hannah Corke
  8. Trevor Muhammad
  9. Eric Pritchard
  10. Kurt Holtzen

Congratulations to all our winners!

We’ll keep you posted on when the Camouflage bottles will be available to purchase. We would say ‘keep your eyes peeled’, but they are so good, you wouldn’t be able to see them!

 

World Oceans Day 2016

On June, 8th, we celebrated World Oceans Day. The oceans cover 70% of our planet, so it’s fitting that we join together to celebrate them!

World Oceans Day is the official UN-designated international day of ocean celebration. On June 8th each year, we celebrate the ocean, its importance in our lives, and how we can protect it.

This year’s theme is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet” and individuals and organisations across the planet are taking action for prevention of plastic pollution in our ocean.

At Water-to-Go, our mission is to eliminate the need for single-use plastic (SUP) water bottles by offering a safe, environmentally friendly alternative, which delivers clean, filtered water, from nearly any source, anywhere in the world.

So, for World Oceans Day 2016, we take a look at SUP water bottles and how they can affect our planet.

worldoceansdayblogPlastic is used everywhere. Why? It’s extremely durable, lightweight, cheap and versatile, which is why it has replaced materials, such as metal, glass and wood. The global production of plastics is now around 265 million tonnes per year! Unfortunately, plastics are one of the most hazardous forms of litter when in our oceans.

Plastics are made from hydrocarbons and hence, very difficult to breakdown. When they’re in the sea, plastic breaks down at a very slow rate.

“Estimates for plastic degradation at sea range from 450 to 1,000 years. However, plastics may never fully degrade; they simply break down into smaller and smaller fragments and ultimately into microscopic plastic pieces or plastic dust.”– Marine Conservation Society (MCS), Pollution Policy & Position Statement.

The Marine Conservation Society, the largest marine charity in the UK, also highlight the amount of plastics that actually end up in our oceans:

“A study of the distribution and abundance of large marine debris on continental shelves and slopes in European seas recorded concentrations up to 101,000 pieces of debris per km2 (Galgani et al., 2000). At most sample stations, plastic (mainly bags and bottles) accounted for more than 70% of the total debris.”

RS25163_DSC_5446The MCS have recorded the shocking amount of plastic waste that is made up from SUP bottles:

“During the 2014 Great British Beach Clean 7,962 drinks bottles and 14,750 caps and lids were found. Plastic drinks bottles accounted for 2.8% of all litter and had a density of 69 items/km. Caps and lids accounted for 5.4% of total litter with an average density of 132 items/km.”

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So, how do SUP bottles make it into our oceans in the first place? Simple, we live in a throw away society. We all know the importance of recycling, however, it’s not always an option, especially when we are out of the house and there are no recycling bins near by. The situation can be even worse when we’re on holiday. You’re in a hot country so are consuming more water to top up your hydration levels. You may choose bottled water for a number of reasons – you don’t trust the local tap water, it tastes better and is convenient. But unfortunately, not all countries have the resources to recycle. That means we just don’t know where it will end up. Either in a landfill or floating in the Sea where it will be broken down into small enough pieces to be eaten and end up in the food chain. Or worse, it could contribute to the 100,000 marine mammals and 1,000,000 sea birds that are killed each year from ingesting plastics.

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So, how can we reduce the amount of plastic bottles in our oceans?

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

The simplest way is to try and reduce the amount of SUP we consume, and when we do use plastic, make sure we can reuse it and recycle it. As previously mentioned, recycling can be hard when we don’t have a special bin outside but it is absolutely vital in order to prevent plastic pollution.

We have partnered with the MCS this June for their ‘Plastic Challenge’. The challenge is to say goodbye to conveniences like pre-packed sandwiches, ready meals and plastic-bottled drinks for a day, a week or the whole month.

MCS offers help and advice through an online community all through the month of June. There is also an online shop with products to help you say goodbye to plastic waste. Our Water-to-Go, 75cl and GO! Filter Bottles are available and to celebrate the Plastic Challenge we’ve got 15% off using the code MCS16 at checkout. Not only do you get a discount, we’ll match the discount and donate 15% directly to MCS.

 

Walking The Zambezi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can follow his journey on:

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

New Partnership for Healthier Oceans

We’re delighted to announce a new partnership between the marine conservation charity Sea-Changers and Water-to-Go to work towards healthier oceans.

With the new partnership purchasers get a 15% discount on every Water-to-Go order and at the same time 15% of the value of their purchase will be donated to Sea-Changers. Sea-Changers will ensure that every penny raised through the partnership will go to vital marine conservation work in the UK.

Sea-Changers raise much needed funds for marine conservation work in the UK. Their vision is to create a world where the UK’s seas and shores are clean and healthy and British marine species are protected.

The money raised by Sea-Changers is given out in grants to a wide range of marine conservation projects around the UK. Many are small, local community-based projects. They also fund key scientific research projects; work to support marine reserves and protected marine areas; direct marine and coastal clean-up action; projects for education, campaigning and raising awareness; and projects to protect specific threatened species.

Many of the projects Sea-Changers have funded have been about reducing the amount of plastic in our oceans. Discarded plastic in the oceans kills thousands of mammals, birds and fish that eat it mistaking it for food or become entangled in it.

Single-use plastic water bottles contribute to this problem. 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.

Rachel Lopata, Co-Founder of Sea-Changers said:

“The partnership with Water-to-Go is very exciting. We believe that many people who travel the world to enjoy the beauty of the oceans will benefit from having a Water-to-Go bottle as it makes tap water and all other fresh water (from rivers or rainfall) safe to drink, wherever they are in the world. Knowing that at the same time, their purchase has raised funds to help the health of the oceans here in the UK is surely a double whammy!”

To get your 15% discount off the website enter the code SEACHANGERS at the checkout. 15% of your order total will be donated to Sea-Changers.

100% of the money they raise will go directly to marine conservation work, they take nothing for their own running costs.

For more information about Sea-Changers and the work they do, visit www.sea-changers.org.uk