You see it everywhere, in fact, you may be reading through lenses made out of it right now. Not glass, but plastic. Plastic is one of the most widely-used packaging and manufacturing materials in the world. And though plastic has afforded us a great deal of convenience and simplicity in packaging, it often ends up back in the source which is was created to package: our water.
We scoured the globe (on the internet) to help you narrow your search for sustainable water options. So while you crack open that bottle of chilled, electrolyte-infused, natural spring refreshment, check out some of the more sustainably produced water available.
Not only is their production driven by renewable energy, but it’s specifically engineered to limit its environmental footprint. Wait, there’s more; 10% of their revenue goes to fund Water Heroes, their integrated non-profit which distributes water purification systems to communities in need. All this from the mind of a chemical engineer who designed the water system of an Antarctic research station.
The best part: BOSAQ isn’t just about delivering sustainable water as a business model. It was created to address the global water crisis. At a time when our inherent right to clean water is being debated, it’s nice to know there are “Water Heroes” out there.
For every bottle of water sold through their “Drop for Drop” initiative, People Water funds vital projects such as the digging of new wells in communities without access to water, repairing broken ones, and creating and installing water purification systems for areas without access to clean water.
The best part: People Water has helped bring more than 5.7 million gallons and counting, of clean water to communities in need around the world.
Find out more about People Water here.
Through a business model of operating smaller, locally-run water processing plants, they significantly limit their environmental footprint by limiting the distance traveled between bodies of water and the human bodies who drink it.
The best part: Besides producing a clean, refreshing product, their reverse osmosis process creates an alkaline-rich, mineral-infused premium water!
Find out more about Aguavida here.
Ooho! Water you can eat
You may have seen viral videos of people drinking ping pong ball-sized globes of water. That’s Ooho, a self-contained water delivery system that is plant-based and edible. Consider every time you take a drink of water, supplementing it with organic sustenance. It’s a completely-rounded snack: okay, probably not completely, but it is efficient.
The best part: Not only is it less expensive to produce than a plastic bottle, if you choose not to eat the algae-based skin it will biodegrade on its own.
BIOTA is an acronym that stands for “Blame It On The Altitude,” a nod to where it’s sourced. From an isolated alpine spring high in the mountains of Colorado, BIOTA credits itself with being the world’s first commercial water company to exclusively package its product in a compostable bottle. Using the Cargill-Dow NatureWorks PLA compostable plastic, BIOTA surely seems to put the bottle where their mouth is.
The best part: Under ideal conditions, the bottles used by BIOTA will biodegrade organically in just 12 weeks. If this seems like a long time, keep in mind that plastic bottles can potentially take a hundred years or more to break down on their own. That’s a pretty big difference.