Better Than Bottled

By Bill Giebler / February 8, 2017

U.S. consumers purchase more than 34 gallons of bottled water per person each year, typically paying more than the price of gasoline for a product less regulated than tap water. Bottles require millions of barrels of oil annually and result in rampant accumulation of plastics in the waste stream. Fortunately, better options abound.

At home Soma’s attractive carafe is made of glass, so your filtered water is not sitting in plastic between gulps. Plus, Soma donates to charity:water with each
filter purchased sharing the right of clean water around the world.  drinksoma.com

On the go The wine cork-sized GoPure Pod is a unique design that purifies water like a magnet, pulling out impurities—including chlorine, nitrates, fluoride, bacteria, VOCs and heavy metals. Use in a pitcher at home or pop it into a reusable water bottle wherever you go.  gopurepod.com

In the wild LifeStraw’s design allows users to safely sip from nature—removing impurities like cryptosporidium and E. coli. Choose from the uber-portable straw or convenient bottle unit. lifestraw.com

Around the globe Insert the battery-operated SteriPEN into water anywhere and allow the UV light to kill bacteria (including E. coli and legionella), protozoa (like cryptosporidium and giardia) and—unlike filters!— viruses (like hepatitis).  steripen.com

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Bill Giebler

Bill Giebler

Frequent OSM contributor Bill Giebler lives in Boulder, CO where he exercises his passion for wellness and sustainability. Over two decades in the natural products and solar energy industries have deeply informed his freelance writing. His work on eating, drinking, food and farming, yoga and solar have appeared in MSN, Edible Communities, GaiamLife, Green Living Journal and more. Bill was the 2014 recipient of the Grand Prize Solas Award for the Best Travel Story of the Year by the editors of the Travelers’ Tales book series.
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