Better Than Bottled

by Bill Giebler

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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