Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Why stainless steel water bottles are good for the environment, our economics and which is better, stainless steel or aluminum?

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Why are stainless steel water bottles so popular? What makes them good for our environment as well as our economy? Are stainless steel water bottles better than aluminum water bottles? These are good questions and ones we are asked every day. Let’s address them one by one.

1. Are there differences between the many stainless steel water bottles available today?

Over the last 2 years the stainless steel water bottle market has become fairly saturated. There are not many places one can go where you won't see a variety of these colorful bottles for sale. At first glance most stainless steel water bottles are similar in appearance. However, in many cases there are a few not-so-obvious differences that are important to consumers looking for a safe alternative to bottled water. For one, what is the grade of stainless steel used in the construction of the bottle? It is important for consumers to always use a high-grade, 18/8, 304 stainless steel water bottle. What do all of these numbers mean? The 304 refers to the grade of stainless steel – 304 is FDA approved, food-grade stainless steel and very important when using as a drinking or food container. Many inexpensive stainless steel water bottles flooding the shelves today are 201 grade stainless steel. Additionally, many of these stainless steel bottles lack the density required to make them durable enough for long-term use. They are easily crushed with a squeeze from one’s own hand thus making them more likely to damage or even crack if dropped. The 18/8 refers to the Chromium to Nickel content. Without getting overly technical, in short, this means your stainless steel water bottle is safe to hold more beverage options other than water, such as, juices, smoothies, sports drinks etc. Although 18/8 stainless steel water bottles are safe for carbonated drinks it is not recommend due to pressure build up. We also do not recommend hot beverages due to the fact that stainless steel water bottles can become both very cold and very hot. As with any beverage container proper cleaning of your bottle and cap is always important for continued usage.

2. Why are stainless steel water bottles good for our environment?

From beginning to completion, the production and transportation of bottled water consumes between 1100 and 2000 times more energy than tap water. In 2007, over 200 billion liters of bottled water were sold worldwide. That amount has grown 70% since 2001, and bottled water has now surpassed milk and beer in sales. Bottled water is the world’s second most popular bottled beverage, second only to the vast number of colas available on the market today. Everyday single day close to 80 million bottled waters are sold in the U.S. alone. Unfortunately, 9 out of 10 of these bottles are used a single time and thrown into the trash. Forty billion empty bottles end up in U.S. landfills every year and these petroleum-based plastic bottles are leaching toxins into our earth’s soil and into our fresh waterways. Most people do not consider the massive amount of plastic required to quench the human demand for bottled water. The plastic used to bottle water is a petroleum-based (oil-based) plastic called Polyethylene Terephthalate, easily identified by the recycling code (PET#1). This plastic is designed and safe to be used only once – bottled water bottles are not safe to be reused. If reused, bacteria will begin to build up inside of the bottle and the plastic will begin to deteriorate causing toxins to leach from the bottle into the consumer’s water. Stainless Steel Water Bottles do not leach.

Every day 100’s of millions of petroleum-based bottles are produced and transported around the planet in order to provide consumers with a single water drinking experience. Energy required for the transportation of bottled water from point of origin to supermarket shelves around the globe alone is difficult to determine. While some bottles of water travel short distances, others are imported from country's that require a greater distance for the water to travel, which increases it’s energy footprint. However, U.S. bottled-water consumption in 2007 required an energy input equivalent to 32 million to 54 million barrels of oil without even taking transportation in consideration. The global demand for bottled water is three times that amount. To put that energy uses into perspective just imagine each bottle one-quarter full of oil. To also put that amount into perspective, that is more than enough fuel to power every vehicle in Los Angeles for an entire year. Stainless steel water bottles are safe for reuse, safe for a variety of beverages and will help eliminate the demand, production, and transportation of plastic products.

3. Why are stainless steel water bottles good for our economy as well as our personal economics?

Bottled water cost more than gasoline! Almost 50% of all bottled water is nothing more than regular tap water. This bottled water is gathered from the same water source our tap water is gathered and is run through a filtration system similar to those available in most homes across America. The average American family spends anywhere from $300 to $3000 every year on bottled water…water that for all practical purposes is free to them in their homes. Rather than buying bottled water, use stainless steel water bottles – it will save your family a great deal of money every year.

4. What is better Stainless Steel Water Bottles or Aluminum Water Bottles?

Great question – Here are a few important differences:

• Most importantly – Safety! Stainless steel is a neutral metal and does not leach – that is why silverware and cookware is made of stainless steel. Aluminum requires an inner lining to prevent the metal from leaching.
• Studies indicated that the plastic inner lining in Aluminum bottles contains Bisphenol A (BPA) a known precursor to several types of cancer – including breast cancer, reduced testosterone levels in men and attention deficit disorders in children.
• Cost -Stainless steel water bottles are less expensive than aluminum.
• Weight and durability – aluminum is lighter, but stainless steel is more durable.
• High-grade 18/8, 304 stainless steel water bottles are safe for acidic beverages – to our knowledge Aluminum is not.
• If you are drinking ionized water – aluminum will maintain your waters ionization where stainless steel water bottles will not.

Project Earth H2O stainless steel water bottles are high-grade, 18/8, 304 stainless steel. $2.00 of every Project Earth H2O stainless steel bottle is donated to non-profit environmental charities dedicated to preserving our planet and breast cancer research. Together we are making a difference!

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Project Earth H2O Partners with Nature & Culture International

Buy a bottle, help save a tropical forest. Pennsylvania-based Project Earth H2o has added Nature & Culture International to the list of organizations it has chosen to help. The company has announced it will donate two dollars from every Ocean, Air & Earth bottle it sells to NCI.

NCI, which is based in Delmar, California, works to conserve some of the world’s most diverse, yet highly threatened, ecosystems and cultures. Along with being a pioneer in teaching tens of thousands of children the importance of sustainable living, the organization has been reaching beyond North America’s borders since 1997 to help protect millions of acres of tropical forests.

“These forests are the life support systems of the world in many ways, yet they are disappearing at an unprecedented rate,” Nature & Culture International’s Mike McColm says. “A number of medicines are derived from plants found in rainforests, one of which is used to treat childhood leukemia. Several flavors we all enjoy come from rainforests, including; chocolate, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. Sadly, rain-forest destruction has been measured to be responsible for about 20 percent of the world’s carbon emissions. As you can see, there are a number of important reasons for us, as Americans, to want to help protect these valuable areas.”

Project Earth H2o founder Brian Denton believes in NCI’s cause. Denton’s company created a stainless steel, reusable water bottle for two primary reasons. The first goal is to supply people with a safe, healthy alternative to the billions of single-use bottled water being used today. A side from clogging the nation’s landfills and polluting the oceans, toxins from these petroleum-based water bottles are re-leasing harmful toxins into our soil and our waterways each year. The second goal is to help support non-profit organizations that are determined to make a difference.*

“From the very beginning, our vision has been to make a positive impact on environmental and economic issues by simply by providing high-quality products to our customers, and to do something constructive with the profits. In NCI’s case, small sums of money have dramatic impacts. A dollar to you and me represents 10 dollars to NCI,” Denton says. “We kicked off our partnership with a donation that has already saved four acres of endangered forests. This area will absorb more than 72 metric tons of CO2 emissions a year. That’s the equivalent of 13.9 cars. So when you buy a Project Earth H2o bottle, you are really making a difference.”

For more information, please visit www.projectearthh2o.com. To interview Brian Denton, please email tiffany@projectearthh2o.com, or call (717) 676-8327.

*Project Earth H2o also donates $2 from every “Get Pink” bottle it sells to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Project Earth H2o Names New Vice President of Public Relations. Former Journalist Chosen to Lead Company’s Media Relations and Communications Projects

Feb 09, 2010 – CARLISLE, Pa. – Pennsylvania-based Project Earth H2o has named its new Vice President of Public Relations. Tiffany Morrin will now spearhead the company’s media relations efforts.

Morrin is a long time, award winning journalist. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Oregon University, and has worked in television newsrooms across the country for the past 15 years. Prior to her experience in broadcasting, Morrin worked in the newspaper industry. She currently owns and manages a public relations business, The Write Place PR.

“I met Project Earth H2o’s founder, Brian Denton, about a year and a half ago while working at a local TV station,” Morrin says. “At the time, I had an ongoing news segment where I invited local inventors and entrepreneurs to come into the studio and talk about their products and companies. When I received information about Brian’s eco-friendly water bottle, I thought the idea of a man from a small, central Pennsylvania town – trying to make a global difference – was fantastic.”

Project Earth H2o created a stainless steel, reusable water bottle. Denton founded the company in order to provide a safe and sustainable product that will have a positive impact on environmental and economic issues, and do something positive and constructive with the profits. All are causes in which Morrin strongly believes.

For the past year, Morrin has worked closely with a handful of startup companies, like Project Earth H2o, and has successfully helped to propel them into the mainstream media. Many of her PR partners have been featured in major newspapers and magazines across the country. They have also appeared on some of the nation’s top radio talk shows and television programs, including; The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and E! Entertainment’s “Talk Soup.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Tiffany to the Project Earth H2o family,” Denton says. “Her experience, savvy creative nature, and proven ability to effectively execute the ‘art and science’ make her the ideal choice to serve as our new Vice President of Public Relations.”

“Project Earth H2o has all of the ingredients of success; a founder who wants to make a difference in the world, great supporters and believers such as myself, and a fantastic product,” Morrin says. “We are already working on a few initiatives to put the company on the map and results are starting to appear. I can’t wait to see what happens down the road.”

“2010 is going to be an exciting and challenging year for our company, and we look forward to Tiffany playing a major role in our success,” Denton says.

You can find more information about Project Earth H2o at Project Earth H2o Website

Monday, January 18, 2010

Project Earth H2o Announces Portion of Sales will go to Direct Relief International

Project Earth H2o is joining the financial efforts to help Haitian survivors recover from this week’s devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake. The Carlisle-based company has announced it will donate $3 of every bottle it sells to Direct Relief International. The donation period will end on February 28, 2010.

Direct Relief International provides medicine, supplies and equipment to people affected by disasters here at home and throughout the world. The organization was established in 1948, and is not affiliated with any political group, religious belief or ethnic identity. For the past decade, Direct Relief International has been one of the nation’s top ranking non-profit organizations when it comes to efficiency, spending and accountability. Nearly 100 percent of all contributions go directly towards aid and relief program efforts.

Project Earth H2o was founded with the goal of helping to support non-profit organizations that are dedicated to making a difference. The company, which created a reusable, stainless steel water bottle, already donates $2 of every bottle sale to either an environmental charity, or to breast cancer research.

“Project Earth H2o is a company of action! Our customers are people of action and neither of us sit well on the sidelines, especially when so many lives are being affected,” Project Earth H2o Founder and CEO Brian Denton says. “This is a tragic situation. People are suffering and they need our help. We may not be able to help everyone with our donations, but our hope is to help as many as possible. Every contribution, regardless of the amount, will help save lives. Direct Response International will make sure our donations go as far as humanely possible.”

According to Direct Relief International, it is in the process of sending more than $2 million in medicine and medical supplies to Haiti. The emergency airlift will depart on Friday.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Project Earth H2o and Team Pinkie Promise are Making Strides together for Breast Cancer Awareness

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month.! A month dedicated to driving awareness, remembering and honoring our loved ones, while working tirelessly to raise the funds to continue the scientific research needed to prevent and cure this deadly disease forever. If you have never been to a breast cancer event or walk you are really missing out. It truly is amazing to see how many individuals and families are getting involved. It is such a worthy cause and so many are compelled by many different reasons to get involved. When we decided to launch our Get Pink™ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign by donating $2.00 of every bottle sold to breast cancer research we were compelled by many reasons. However, the simple underlying truth is that Project Earth H2o is a company of action – our customers are people of action - and neither of us are comfortable sitting on the sidelines.

Stephanie Belvin Hopson is one of those "people of action." Stephanie is the team leader for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides against Breast Cancer Awareness – “Team Pinkie Promise” out of Virginia. We were first introduced to Stephanie’s passion for finding a cure on FaceBook where we found her posting articles, facts, and statistics in effort to drive awareness while at the same time working hard to motivate others to get involved. It was obvious that her passion was genuine and she was clearly reaching others with her message. We decided to reach out and ask Stephanie why this cause is so important to her, “It’s really hard for me to nail down one specific reason,” says Stephanie, “but I have just been deeply moved by so many stories of women, mothers, sisters, and daughters who are fighting breast cancer and who have lost loved ones of all ages. They have inspired me to take this action, and fortunately, I am just one of many.”

We were amazed that with her level of dedication Stephanie had herself not lost a family member to breast cancer and we decided to help sponsor “Team Pinkies Promise’s” October walk. “What I love about PEH2o, says Stephanie, is that they are much more than just a company…they are so passionate and dedicated to improving environmental, health, and social issues that it’s more like a great club – I feel that my voice carries more weight.” This is something that PEH2o Founder, Brian Denton can relate to, “PEH2o was founded on the principals of creating a collective of savvy and proactive people who want to make a positive difference.

Please join us in congratulating Stephanie on her passion, dedication, and relentless efforts to find a cure…not for herself, but for others.

Together we are making a difference!

Friday, July 3, 2009

One very big reason to stop using plastic, it also happens to be twice the size of the continental United States.

"Disturbing and alarming," writes Dr. William Babibineaux in response to Project Earth H2o's recent article.

Initially, we posted this article on our Twitter and Facebook page. However, due to an overwhelming response from outraged and some disbelieving readers, we are compelled to once again draw attention to what is by far one of the single-most, highly unknown environmental atrocities on our planet.

If you were to take a boat trip just 500 nautical miles off the beautiful shores of California you will eventually stumble upon what can only be described as a “plastic garbage soup” floating and swirling in the currents of the Pacific Ocean. Scientists have said that this “soup” is twice the size of the continental United States and is growing at an alarming rate. In fact, it is expected to double in size within the next 10 years if consumers don’t do something to curb their plastic use. This floating garbage soup stretches across the Northern Pacific, past Hawaii and almost as far as Japan. Scientists estimate that over 90% of this floating garbage soup is plastic.

“According to the UN Environment Program, plastic debris causes the deaths of more than a million seabirds every year, as well as more than 100,000 marine mammals. Syringes, cigarette lighters and toothbrushes have been found inside the stomachs of dead seabirds, which mistake them for food.”¹

A study of 560 fulmars from eight countries revealed they had ingested an average of 44 plastic items. The stomach of one fulmar that died in Belgium contained 1,603 separate scraps of plastic. However, Birds are not the only ones to suffer. Turtles, whales, seals and sea lions have all eaten plastic. But the most sinister problem may be a hidden one at the other end of the food chain.

Plastic is believed to constitute 90% of all garbage floating in the oceans. The UN Environment Program estimated in 2006 that every square mile of ocean contains 46,000pieces of floating plastic.

“Dr Eriksen, of the UN Environment Program, said the slowly rotating mass of garbage-laden water poses a risk to human health, too. Hundreds of millions of tiny plastic pellets, or nurdles – the raw materials for the plastic industry – are lost or spilled every year, working their way into the sea. These pollutants act as chemical sponges attracting man-made chemicals such as hydrocarbons and the pesticide DDT. They then enter the food chain. "What goes into the ocean goes into these animals and onto your dinner plate. It's that simple." ¹

“The only way to deal with the growing threat plastic poses to wildlife and the environment is to curb our consumption and to no longer treat plastic as an innocuous disposable commodity. Indeed, there is now a case for it to be treated as a potentially toxic waste product with the stiffest sanctions for its desultory disposal,” says Steve Connor

Awareness is the beginning to solving any problem. At first I was astonished at the number of people who were simply unaware of this extremely large problems existence. But, this is not something an industry that is making $100’s of billions of dollars producing and selling these products wants us to know. The bottled water industry is making over $100 billion worldwide and over $16 billion in the United States each year selling us filtered tap water in plastic bottles that is only meant to be used once then thrown away. The only sustainable thing they are providing is profit…for them.

There is power in numbers. Simple adjustments in our daily behavior can create positive change. For more information please visit the referenced articles below.

Don’t follow, Lead! Get Informed! Get Project Earth H2o!

Brian Denton

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¹ The world's rubbish dump: a garbage tip that stretches from Hawaii to Japan, By Kathy Marks, Asia-Pacific Correspondent, and Daniel Howden

²Why Plastic is the scourge of Sea Life, by Steve Connor

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What is Project Earth H2o?

“Ever wonder about those people who drink bottled water? Ever try spelling Evian backwards?” George Carlin

What is Project Earth H2o?

I get asked that question a lot. Actually, it’s more to the tune of “what on earth made you come up with that idea?” I also get, “why do you think this is so important?” To be honest, I really love when people ask these questions because it strikes to the very core of why I not only created Project Earth H2o, but why we should all care enough to get involved in some capacity. My goal at Project Earth H2o is to make a positive difference just by offering you a choice.

There are many stainless steel water bottle providers- A few offer very good products; a few offer not–so-good products. When it comes to purchasing stainless steel water bottles my advice is…don’t buy cheap bottles. You truly get what you pay for in the stainless steel water bottle category. The materials and construction of these bottles are key to their safety, recyclability, sustainability, and proper function. Furthermore, how many stainless steel water bottle companies are offering you the opportunity to make a positive difference with the actual proceeds from your purchase? The answer: Project Earth H2o. When you purchase Project Earth H2o stainless steel water bottles, you make a genuine difference.

We donate 10% of our profits to Breast Cancer Research and charities dedicated to making a positive environmental and humanitarian difference. You are making a true difference just by purchasing our bottles.

Project Earth H2o offers superior products at extremely competitive prices. All of our stainless steel water bottles are made with 100% recyclable materials and are 100% BPA free. We use 304, FDA approved, high quality, 18/8 Stainless Steel. All caps are safe, 100% BPA free #5 polypropylene.

We send you both sport caps & screw caps with every purchase FREE at NO extra charge! Other companies will charge you up to $5.99 + shipping & handling

Okay, there is my sales pitch. Now, let me tell you why I chose to get so involved.

About 5 years ago I read Blue Gold by Maude Barlow and Tony Clark. In short, this book informs us of the bottled water industry and the banking industry’s aggressive efforts to privatize our public water supplies; the water we, the US tax payers, currently own. This book opened my eyes to some ugly truths that are going on right now under our very noses. As a matter of fact, we, the public, are financing these ugly truths every time we purchase bottled water.

Most bottled water companies are not American owned companies. Do we want our fresh water supplies owned by foreign countries? Bottled water is already ounce-for-ounce more expensive than gasoline. Currently, from our own homes, we can fill an 8oz. glass of water 15,000 times with filtered tap water and it will still cost less than buying a 12-pack of bottled water.

Chances are if you drink filtered tap water from your home, you are drinking the same water that you are purchasing in bottles. Whether we like it or not, close to 50% of ALL bottled water is just regular tap water that has been filtered from a US municipal water source… our public water supplies. We are being led to believe that bottled water is safer and fresher than tap water, but the truth is that it is not.

Although they try to persuade us to believe bottled water is safer, I challenge you to find a bottled water company that will print or even say that their water is safer. The fact is they won’t and they can’t, because it’s simply not true. In 2007, the bottled water industry reported revenues in excess of $16 billion in the United States and over $100 billion worldwide. These corporations are using billions of dollars to aggressively lobby our politicians in Washington to enact legislation allowing them to privatize our public water supplies. How are these billions of dollars made? By selling consumers attractively packaged single-use water bottles filled with regular filtered tap water. These multinational corporations want to own our water and sell it back to us for thousands of percents more than we currently pay. Let me ask you, when was the last time a politician or a big corporation represented our best interest?

Many people are simply not aware that we are running out of fresh water. Although 70% of the planet is covered in water, only 2.6% is fresh drinking water. The United Nations released a report last year stating that by the year 2025 over two-thirds of our planet will not have enough fresh water to sustain basic life. That’s 17 years from now. Fresh water is the most valuable natural resource we have, even more valuable than oil. We need fresh water to live. That is why it is so important to the corporations and banks to own it…hence, Blue Gold. Do we want these multinational companies to have that kind of control over our survival?

Project Earth H2o offers you an opportunity to deal with these realities before these realities deal with you; an opportunity to make a statement; an opportunity to stand up to these large corporations who are trying to take that which is yours; an opportunity to help save our planet and stop the environmental and economic atrocities created by the production, transportation and disposal of single-use bottled water. When people use Project Earth H2o brand stainless steel water bottles, they know that together we are making a difference.

Don’t follow-- lead. Get informed. Get Project Earth H2o.

Brian Denton

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