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

Global Convoy

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 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/

 

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.

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:

Water-to-Go now available in Canada

Water-to-Go is now available in North America! We are truly living up to our name, with our water bottles ‘going’ all over the world!

Water-to-Go Canada is ready for business and you can purchase directly off the Canadian website – www.watertogo-canada.com

Water-to-Go Canada will initially sell the Black 75cl Bottle with Black Sleeve and Replacement Filters. We hope to be offering the full Water-to-Go range as quickly as possible.

Our customers in the United States will welcome the news as well. Ordering directly from Canada will significantly reduce the cost of shipping.

Canada is the 15th country to be selling Water-to-Go water bottles with the brand launching in India just last week.

Water-to-Go is also available in 15 countries. Click here to see where else.

The Canadian team is nestled in the heart of the Alberta, surrounded by picturesque wilderness, bears and beautiful rivers and lakes. Our bottles are well equipped for the Canadian Wilderness, with ‘Giardia’ (aka Beaver Fever) prominent in lakes, ponds, creeks and streams.

According to HealthLink BC “Giardiasis is one of the more common infectious causes of diarrhoea lasting more than 2 weeks.” People most at risk are hikers and travellers in wilderness areas that drink water that has not been correctly treated.

Water-to-Go’s arrival in Canada will be well received by locals who spent an estimated $2.4 Billion CAD on bottled water in 2015 (Source: Euromonitor). That’s around 2.5 Billion litres of bottled water! That’s great news for the planet as reducing the amount of single-use plastic water bottles produced saves valuable natural resources and reduces the amount of plastic waste.

With Water-to-Go, Canadians and travellers to the Great White North can enjoy clean, safe filtered water no matter where they are.

Check out www.watertogo-canada.com for more info.

Water-to-Go Launches in India

We are delighted to announce that Water-to-Go bottles are now available in India. The Indian website is set up and ready for orders. Please visit www.watertogo.in

One of the key issues facing India currently is the lack of safe drinking water, with a high burden of water-borne illnesses across all age groups through out the country.

Availability of quality drinking water is a major public health issue for India. Approximately 37.7 million Indians are affected by a water-borne illness each year, and sadly this includes 1.5 million children dying of diarrhoea alone in the nation. With 73 million working days lost annually as a result of water-borne illness, the overall economic burden has been estimated to be around $600 million a year. The true burden of water-borne related hospitalisations and fatalities is hard to estimate due to under-reporting.

The provision of clean drinking water has been given priority in the Constitution of India, with Article 47 conferring the duty of providing clean drinking water and improving public health standards to the State. Various plans have been implemented by the Government to increase access to clean drinking water, however lack of safe and clean drinking water continues to be a major health and economic problem.

With rapid growth in the population the average availability of water is decreasing and it is estimated that by 2020 India will become a water stressed nation. Groundwater is the major source of water in the country with 85% of the population dependent on it.

However, a recent assessment by WaterAid showed that an alarming 80% of India’s surface water is polluted:

“The report, based on latest data from the ministry of urban development (2013), census 2011 and Central Pollution Control Board, estimates that 75-80% of water pollution by volume is from domestic sewerage, while untreated sewerage flowing into water bodies including rivers have almost doubled in recent years. This in turn is leading to increasing burden of vector borne diseases, cholera, dysentery, jaundice and diarrhoea.” Source, The Times of India.

Water-to-Go filter bottles offer an effective, convenient and cost effective solution. Using three different technologies in the filter, Water-to-Go eliminates well in excess of 99.9% off all microbiological contaminants + more in water.

Water-to-Go filters have had extensive testing in Europe, US and India. They’ve been tested on a range of different contaminants including:

Metals & Chemicals

  • Chlorine, Fluoride
  • Chromium, Mercury, Nickel, Copper, Iron
  • Lead, Gold, Silver
  • Aluminium
  • Volatile Organic Compounds including Formaldehyde*

* In certain areas of the world natural Arsenic occurs, WtG filters cannot filter Arsenic to 99.9%.

Virus

  • Norwalk
  • Hepatitis A
  • Tota Virus
  • Adenoviruses
  • Enteroviruses
  • Reoviruses

Bacteria

  • Coliform, E.ColiCholera, Typhus
  • Dysentery, Botulism, Polio, Virus Botulism
  • Vibrio Disease, Campylobacteriosis
  • Leptospirosis – Weil’s Disease
  • Legionella (Legionnaires Disease and Pontiac Fever)

Oocysts- Protazoa

Parasites and waterborne pathogens

This list is abridged but includes some of the most recognizable and common problems.

  • Fasciolopsiasis Taeniasis – Tapeworm
  • Echinococcosis Ascariasis
  • Coenorosis Schistosomiasis
  • Cryptosporidium Tryonosoma (Sleeping Sickness)
  • Threadworm Guinea Worm
  • Hookworm Roundworm
  • Pinworm Onchiocerca
  • Fasciola Hepatica/Liver fluke

Please visit the Water-to-Go India website for more info: www.watertogo.in

Around the world in 80 ways

For most adventurers ‘simply’ cycling around the world would present enough of a challenge, but Adam Sultan, named as one of the most inspiring adventurers of 2015, is doing things slightly differently…

On the 28th of June he set off from the London Olympic Velodrome, turning his pedals for the first time on a journey that will cover at least 46,000 unsupported miles and take up to five years. This isn’t going to be your ‘average’ round the world cycle however and Adam has set himself a number of other, in many ways tougher, challenges to complete along the way, which he hopes will continue his mission of inspiring and helping others.

12439202_500411333474637_1597863164331343226_n-1During his trip Adam wants to experience the world, rather than just rush through it and so plans to add in a little bit of extra ‘spice’. Added physical challenges will include cycling the 2014 Tour de France route, a tough feat for even the most seasoned of riders, avoiding the ‘quick’ round the world route and instead heading through the great mountain ranges of the Himalayas, Andes, Alps, and Rockies, and continuing his #LifeYears challenge (last year for 2015 he ran 15 marathons around the globe), this year involving doing at least 16 days where he pushes 100 miles or more on the bike.

Aside from the riding he’s also looking to participate in Citizen Science, hoping to feed information back to researchers that will help in the fields of astronomy, light pollution and conservation. He’s committed to going ‘Around the World in Eighty Ways’ working in eighty different jobs, mainly voluntary, as he travels, to really immerse himself in different cultures and help where he can. Furthermore he hopes to use his social media channels to tell the stories of those who don’t normally have a voice and raise money and awareness for charities working in the different countries he travels through, such as SEED Madagascar a small London based charity who do humanitarian and conservation work in Madagascar, one of the poorest countries on the planet.

In this era of sensationalised adventures and adventurers, some may feel that a London Underground worker cycling round the world without trying to set a record or a ‘first’ isn’t exciting news, but Adam’s trip harks back to an older era where adventure wasn’t just about pushing your body to the limits, but was about exploration, meeting new people and discovering the world around you by immersing yourself in it. Adam hopes this will be the legacy of his trip and that people will feel this is just as worthy as a record breaking ride.

“As much as I admire and respect many of today’s modern adventures I hope my trip shows people that sometimes we need to slow down a bit and not just rush into a place, take some photos and shoot off again having ticked a list. I hope it inspires people to get to really know new environments and the people in them and if needed lend a helping hand.”

screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-15-05-09After falling victim to illness from contaminated water in Eastern Europe, Adam decided to use one of our filtered bottles to protect himself for the rest of his travels:

“Water-to-Go have come to my rescue! After picking up a bad stomach bug from bad water which kept me out of action, I now don’t need to worry anymore. Extremely pleased to know I can drink clean, filtered water whenever I see a freshwater source – bring on the adventure!”

To follow Adam or donate to the charities he is raising money and awareness for visit www.adamtsultan.com

Heart & Sole Partnership Flushing Away Poverty…

In April 2016, Water-to-Go teamed up with Heart & Sole; a staff led charity managed by Ramblers Worldwide Holidays.

We set up a special discount code offering Ramblers 15% off the Water-to-Go website and for every order, we matched the discount and donated 15% to the Heart & Sole Charity.

Using the donations from the past 3 months, Heart & Sole have been able to sponsor the building of a toilet block in Pakistan through an organisation called Toilet Twinning.

Toilet Twinning works globally to TTw-logo-(4C)-supporting-optionprovide people in the poorest communities on
the planet with a decent toilet, clean water and all the information they need to stay healthy. It’s the key to helping whole communities break free of the poverty trap. To learn more about this amazing charity, click here.

A huge thank you to everyone for getting involved and supporting Heart and Sole. And a special thank you to the Heart and Sole team and everyone at Ramblers Worldwide Holidays for getting the funds where they can make a huge difference in peoples lives.

Our partnership with Heart and Sole has only just begun. Not only can you benefit from a 15% discount on the Water-to-Go website, but 15% of your order will go directly towards funding more fantastic projects all over the world.

Please use code RWH16 at online checkout to receive your 15% off.

Ramblers Worldwide Holidays appreciate that they are in a fortunate position to be able to use their profits to help make a difference to peoples’ lives. Heart & Sole’s aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries they visit. For many years their clients have made informal donations to places they visit with them but now, through Heart & Sole, they hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. Their aim is to include projects in the UK and overseas and include both charities that work with larger issues such as animal welfare as well as small, and more personal, ventures such as providing much needed items to schools and to the communities they visit as part of their holidays. By travelling with them, in addition to experiencing the joy of visiting new places, you can help them make a difference. To see some of other the projects they are supporting, click here.