Archive for September 2010

Another View: The (Not So) Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Another View: The (Not So) Great Pacific Garbage Patch

It seems there is no shortage of creative minds trying to help us better visualize the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  This great visual is from Metrobest, courtesy of Flickr.

pacific garbage patch

The (Not So) Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Have you heard about it – the large patch of floating plastic in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It’s there, it’s real and what you may not know is that it’s not made up of plastic bags and empty bottles. It’s made up of billions of tiny pieces of plastic, and it’s basically invisible unless you’re floating in it. While this might seem better to be in tiny pieces, it’s actually much worse for the environment—and for you. The great team at GOOD, develop this Transparency – a look at the Pacific Gyre and the plastic floating in it.

Gyre illustration by Jacob Magraw-Mickelson

What do you think? How can we help minimize plastic in our oceans?

Why We Need a Solution to Plastic Pollution

The problem of plastic pollution is very real. Beyond looking at the trash littered along the sidewalk or highway, all of the plastic thrown away ends up somewhere. We found this TED talk from Dianna Cohen of the Plastic Pollution Coalition to be one of the most compelling presentations on the environmental impact of our preference for plastic.

At BottlesUp, we’re focused on a solution. Join us.

Infographic: The Facts about Bottled Water

We found this infographic interesting – more and more we’re starting to understand the real costs to our consumption of bottled water.  What do you think?

Presented by Online Education
The Facts About Bottled Water

-JS

Building a Better Glass Water Bottle

It’s been more than two years since the concept of a better glass water bottle started in Laurel’s studios. She began working on the concept of glass water bottles to replace plastic and aluminum bottles with the safer, eco-friendly and better-tasting alternative of real glass. A nationally-acclaimed glass artist, Laurel’s research took her to industrial designers, mill working shops for turned-wood molds, hot glass mold makers and hot glass manufacturers throughout the United States and Mexico. Using this information as well as her design sensibilities and knowledge of glass, she’s developed a variety of sizes and shapes of recycled glass bottles.  We fully expect to have our first glass water bottles, available for sale, in January of 2011.

In our blog, you’re going to find the stories behind our efforts to bring this bottle to production and to you. You’ll also find why we’re so committed to the product – preventing plastic pollution and promoting responsible consumption. 

We’re looking forward to getting to know you. In the meantime, feel free to post your comments or to send us your questions – we’ll do our best to answer each one.

– JS