Category Archives: Plastic Pollution

Recycling Sea Projects Reduce Plastic Waste

Seabin Waste Collector Collects Ocean Plastic

As a new water filtration system, the Seabin marine waste collector makes it possible to remove plastic from our waterways. Designed to float in marinas, inland waterways, residential lakes and harbors, the water-based rubbish bin is like a vacuum for the sea.

The creators of The Seabin check out their invention before throwing it into the harbor.
The creators of The Seabin check out their invention before throwing it into the harbor.

The Seabin is situated on the surface and is plumbed into a shore-based water pump on the dock. The water gets sucked into the bin, bringing floating debris and floating liquids with it. The water then flows out through the bottom of the bin and up into the pump on the dock. The catch bag is made from natural fiber, but there is also an option of installing an oil and water separator. Each Seabin can be operated by one person and, thanks to its small size, can be fitted to yachts.

Ocean Cleanup by Boyan Slat

Boyan Slat, a 19-year-old from the Netherlands has created an Ocean Cleanup Array could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans. The device consists of a n network of floating booms and processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world.

While the device has been disputed by ocean scientists, The Ocean Cleanup will deploy a 2000 meter array off Tsushima island, which lies between Japan and South Korea. The system is set to start functioning in 2016 and will work to remove plastic until 2018.

This picture shows what The Ocean Cleanup will look like in 2016.
This picture shows what The Ocean Cleanup will look like in 2016.

Why is Removing Plastic Important?

Removing plastic from our ocean is essential to the Barrington community, if we wish to continue drinking water. It’s true that we offer reverse osmosis systems that are designed to remove contaminants like lead, fluoride and E. coli. However, if we don’t recognize the way plastic is destroying our water ways the real problem will never be solved.

Aquafina Pays the Price for Plastic

How much money have you wasted on plastic water bottles?

"P.W.S" will now be printed on the Aquafina water bottle to show that the water comes from a public water source.
“P.W.S” will now be printed on the Aquafina water bottle to show that the water comes from a public water source.

After pressure from Corporate Accountability International, Aquafina will be adding the phrase “P.W.S” to their plastic water bottles. This lets consumers know that the bottled water comes straight from the tap.

“P.W.S.” is short for public water source and by revealing the secret ingredient in their water, Aquifina will be held more accountable for marketing practices while identifying their use of a public water source.

“If this helps clarify the fact that the water originates from public sources, then it’s a reasonable thing to do,” PepsiCo pep spokeswoman Michelle Naughton said Friday.

According to the American Water Works Association, “almost 2/3 of all bottled water sales are single 16.9oz (500 mL) bottles” which means consumers are paying inflated prices for bottled tap water while rapidly increasing rates of pollution.

As an alternative to plastic water bottles, Angel Water offers a reverse osmosis water filtration system. The reverse osmosis water filtration system will remove pollutants from your water while reinfusing it with minerals like calcium and magnesium.

To curb the negative impact plastic water bottles have on our planet, corporate accountability group is also encouraging other plastic water bottle companies like Dasani to reveal the original source of their water.

Inverse reports that Aquafina responded by saying, “It originates from public water sources and is then purified through a rigorous, seven-step purification process called Hydro-7™. That is not the “same water you get in your bathroom sink.”

A 2013 study commissioned by World Wildlife Fund International questioned whether the final products of professionally bottled versions were healthier noting that there were “are more standards regulating tap water in Europe and the United States than those applied to the bottled water industry.”

Regardless of the quality of tap or bottled water, avoiding plastic water bottles will not contribute to the 35 million plastic water bottles that are dumped in landfills each year.

Where does your bottled water come from?

By David A. Kaiser III

Hello! Curious about where your bottled water comes from? Me too!

I was just reading an article on MotherJones.com about the California drought and was saddened to see that many bottled water manufacturers bottle water from drought stricken areas! If you know me or my stance on bottled water, you would know that I think this is completely crazy.

Why Is Bottled Water Bad?
  1. The production of plastic bottles is toxic to the environment and to the humans who live around plastic bottle factories.
  2. Drinking water is much cheaper to filter
  3. Bottled water companies reap huge profits selling WATER to people who have tap water available.
  4. The waste from bottled water is HUGE. Less than half of the bottled water today is recycled and eventually finds it way into the ocean.
California drought where bottled water companies bottle and sell water.

Many times people buy bottled water instead of choosing tap water. Why?

Reasons People Buy Bottled Water
  1. People say “It tastes better”
  2. Or that there’s the perception that bottled water is safe
  3. Convenience

I’m certainly guilty of buying bottled water in the past and always make an effort since being part of Angel Water to take water with me. I have two glass water bottles that I use all the time and love to give them as gifts to friends. As a person who’s in the water industry I can say for certain many people who even filter their water at home, from the tap, still buy bottled water and I wonder why?

Please let me know your thoughts on the subject, I’m curious also to know what you think about bottled water vs filtered water.

Also if you need a water filter, I’d like to recommend to everyone a at least carbon filter, ultra filter or the best, certified reverse osmosis filter.

Full Article: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/08/bottled-water-california-drought

Illinois Could Become First State to Ban Microbeads

By Joe Bongiovanni

Microbeads Contaminate Drinking Water and Food Chain of Great Lakes by Angel WaterFor those of you who do not know, Microbeads are those tiny plastic beads found in lotion, hand sanitizer, soaps, facial cleansers, toothpastes and many other beauty products. They are design to provide friction when scrubbing for a deeper clean. The problem with microbeads is that they get flushed down the drain, get past Water Filters, and get mixed in with the water supply. These plastics are not biodegradable and do not dissolve like many of the other wastes that go down the drain of our sinks. They slip through sewage system Water Filters because of their small size and end up in our waterways. In Illinois, these Microbeads Accumulate in Lake Michigan and are easily mistake for food by fish. After that, the contaminated fish is off to the local grocery store for anyone to purchase.

These beauty products are sold throughout the country and one tube can contain over 350,000 microbeads. Initial investigations into the scope of the problem found millions and millions of them in Lake Michigan. Not only do these plastics get into the local food chain, they also readily absorb toxins and pollute soils when sewage sludge is used as fertilizer. Some manufacturers of these products have committed to phasing out the use of microbeads and some states are considering legislation to address the problem.

Illinois gets much of its drinking water from Lake Michigan and much of the local economy is dependent on its health. The General Assembly in Springfield is proposing legislation that would prohibit the manufacturing of microbeads by the end of 2017 with sales being phased out by the end of 2018. Environmental groups say that the timetable is too long while industry experts contend that the law allows a fair amount of time to comply with new regulations. New York is also considering legislation that would eliminate microbeads in 2016 and a few companies are boasting that they will be microbead-free by the end of 2015.

This legislation is definitely a good thing, but in the meantime, our waterways continue to get polluted. The contaminants get into the water supply and can even get into your drinking water. Call Angel Water and find out how a Water Filter could help you.

San Francisco to Become First City to Ban Bottled Water in US

San Francisco has the ambitious goal of eliminating all landfill waste by 2020. After the city achieved a 50% reduction in waste by 2000, as mandated for the entire state of California, San Francisco set ambitious goals of 75% waste diversion by 2010 and zero waste by 2020. The goals help promote sustainability through the conservation of natural resources, reduction of pollution and contaminants, and the addition of green jobs to the local economy.

“The City’s 3 bin system, policies, financial incentives, and extensive outreach to residents and businesses, helped San Francisco achieve the highest diversion rate of any major city in North America. San Francisco diverts 80% (1,593,830 tons diverted in 2010) of its discards from the landfill.” San Francisco Department of the Environment

San Francisco continues to make huge strides towards a goal of Zero Waste. Recently, the city’s Board of Supervisors voted for new legislation that will ban bottled water on public city property. The ban would prevent any city tax revenue to be used to purchase bottled beverages. By 2016, the law would be enforceable for all street vendors on public property and by 2018 nonprofit organizations would be prohibited from using bottles unless receiving a special permit. The new legislation follows similar legislation that phased out the use of plastic bags in San Francisco grocery stores. Now there are cities in states like California and Hawaii where plastic bags a completely illegal.

Great Pacific Garbage Patch and Bottled Water by Angel WaterThe new legislation is designed to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills each year. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the direct result of our worlds over reliance on plastic products. This mass of plastic and other debris has been estimated to up to as large as the entire continental United States. Plastic bottles can be recycled, but are frequently discarded in the trash and end up in landfills. Over 30 Billion bottles of water are sold each year and the average American will use 167 bottles annually. And that’s just for BOTTLED WATER!!!

Reverse Osmosis Systems provides you with clean, safe drinking water every time you turn on the tap. Ditch the Bottled Water, Call Angel Water, Inc. at (847) 382-7800 today!

Good news: Detroit Zoo stops selling bottled water!

By David A. Kaiser

#water #drinkingwater #bottledwater #IBWA

“This phase-out will cost us revenue, but it’s important to walk our talk and do what’s good for the environment,” zoo Executive Director Ron Kagan said in a statement.”

The Detroit Zoo is following in the steps of universities and cities everywhere that are banning bottled water.  Why? Because it’s not worth the environmental cost.  Why pay for tap water? Filter your own water!

Instead of buying bottled water, try this solution: http://angelwater.com/reverse-osmosis-filtration/

Be well,

Dave

What’s up with Styrene?

By David A. Kaiser

#Styrene #drinkingwater #water #carcinogen

Styrene is used to make many plastics.  It’s responsible for styrofoam, packing peanuts and also for making plastic cups.  I just read an article saying a judge has made a decision to allow the classification of Styrene to be a carcinogen. A carcinogen is any element or material that can cause cancer. This ruling is a big deal because it may make us all use paper cups instead of plastic cups like you see in the picture below.

When hot liquids are used in these cup or they’re microwaved, these plastics are more likely to leach chemicals into the liquid.

Full Article: http://www.bna.com/styrene-listed-carcinogen-n17179874089/

 

 

 

Gas company cited for distributing contaminated bottled water with Chromium-6.

By David A. Kaiser

#water #drinkingwater #bottledwater

This is an interesting article about bottled water.  The company PG&E pollutes the ground water supply with Chromium-6 in Hinkley, CA making the ground water undrinkable because chomium-6 is a carcinogen. PG&E then provides bottled water to the residents that’s still contaminated with chromium-6 because their water filtration is inadequate.

To remove Chromium-6, reverse osmosis is needed. Pictured is NOT a reverse osmosis water system.

Article: http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_22356090/pg-e-cited-providing-bottled-water-high-chromium