Whether you like it or not, bottled water is here to stay. It’s portable, accessible and a convenient way to stay healthy with fresh, purified water every day. Unfortunately, Americans throw out around 60 million of these plastic bottles daily. But there are plenty of ways to stem the tide of this massive waste stream. By making simple, versatile swaps, you can stay hydrated this summer and all year long without ever touching a disposable water bottle again.
While TravelingIt’s important to be mindful of your intake of liquids while traveling, no matter the weather, but this is especially true in the summertime when the risk of dehydration is high. By replacing your disposable water bottle with a refillable alternative throughout your travels (we like S’well), you can even circumvent some of the rules and regulations that come with exploring in transit.
For example, TSA regulations stipulate that liquid carry-on items can be no larger than 3.4 oz. per item—everyone forgets that water bottles fall into this category! Unopened or not, standard sizes for bottled water averages at around 17 oz., or five times that maximum. Airport security will not allow full water bottles, but an empty reusable bottle can be filled once you go through. Many airports even have water stations especially built to fill your bottle to the top with clean, filtered water.
Back-to-school season is right around the corner, and with it comes team-based activities. From professional leagues and the neighborhood team, to the high school intramural and little league sports, athletes need a lot of water, and they need it to be accessible. Before games, during practice and after matches are all good times to take a sip, whether your sport has you flying solo or chasing glory in a group, indoors and outdoors.
Bottled water can be easy to cart around and dole out to the crowd, but there are other ways to get your drink on with clean, nourishing H2O. If you’re an athlete or even just watching the game, bring a reusable water bottle to events.
At PartiesThere’s always a reason to come together or celebrate year-round, and the most important part of any gathering is refreshments. Handing out bottles of water from the cooler or fridge can be a convenient way to keep your guests sipping, but keeping water pitchers full of filtered water in rotation allows guests to write their name on a cup and refill it over and over. Also, making big quantities of drinks like lemonade or punch becomes a breeze with a renewing supply of filtered water.
At Concerts and FestivalsLive music and outdoor events like concerts and festivals have the makings of incredible lifelong memories, but if you don’t eat and hydrate right, you’re going to have a bad time. Standing in line, walking in the sun, dancing it out and holding your spot by the barricade takes its toll on the body, and the most important thing you can do is keep your fluids up.
Bottled water and other concessions are sold at most events of this type, but as one could imagine, disposable products tend to litter the ground at large events and festivals. Thankfully, many concerts and festivals now allow you to bring in a refillable Camelback or bottle, and have on-sight refilling stations. Keep in mind that event staff may not always allow you to bring a full bottle of any liquid into the venue, so you may want to keep your refillable bottles empty when going through security, and refilling once inside.
At HomeWe are made of 55-65% water and need to replenish it constantly, no matter what we are doing or where we are. Whether its dinner or game night, filtered water is a healthy way to keep you hydrated without accumulating a pile of plastic bottles in your trash bin. As an added bonus, companies like Pentair Everpure offer residential water filtration systems with cartridges that are fully recyclable through TerraCycle. You stay hydrated, ultimately save money, and the waste is diverted from the landfill; one of these cartridges eliminates 7,800 bottles of water and the oil needed to produce them.
Be it glass, insulated, stainless steel or BPA-free plastic, reusable alternatives to bottled water come in all shapes and sizes. What’s your favorite?