Environment

The Carbon Footprint of Everyday Things

I like to follow the good blogs over at GE’s Ecomagination site.  Recently, they posted this interactive infographic that allows you to see the carbon footprint of everyday things – from diapers to ironing a shirt to imported wine, from all flights every day to the energy consumed in the U.S. every year.  It’s an easy infographic to use (I’ll admit, I spent most of my lunch time yesterday clicking through the chart) and it certainly has me thinking a lot more about my own personal carbon footprint.

It’s this kind of impact that focused BottlesUp to a commitment to having the lowest carbon footprint in the water bottle industry.  Our entire product is made in North America and much of the materials are sourced onsite, further reducing our carbon footprint.  Adding to our low carbon footprint is another fact – you won’t find a single ounce of plastic in our product or in our packaging.  We’re commited to creating a product better for your health and the environment.

STOP Set to Launch, Builds Community

Today, while reading The Economist, I found about a new nonprofit organization working to prevent plastic pollution in the marine environment (that’s the oceans).  Science & Technology against Ocean Plastics (STOP) is set to launch in 14 days, you can sign up to become part of the community here: http://www.stopoceanplastics.org/page/Signup. Or consider attending the upcoming STOP Live Conference being held this June in Los Angeles, Calif.   I’ll be certain to follow the foundations efforts and share the solutions they (and the community) develop.

Just One Word…Plastics

This year, more than 250 billion pounds of plastic will be created with very little of that production ever being recycled – that’s about 37 pounds of new plastic created for every single person on the planet. Since we’re focused on solutions at BottlesUp, we’re completely committed to absolutely no plastic in our products or in any of our packaging. 

Even while we work to make a difference, the machine for plastic production continues. I’m reminded of one classic scene from one of the all-time movie greats, “The Graduate.”

Just curious, but what are you doing to reduce your plastic consumption this year?

Giving Back to the Environment

We’ve joined more than 1,300 other companies around the world to support more than 2.300 environmental organizations through our membership in 1% for the Planet.  Why? At BottlesUp, being ‘green’ isn’t just a wish or a plaque we’ve put on the wall. We live it daily.  Every decision we make around our products and our company includes an answer to “how does this help the environment?” 

1 Percent for the PlanetWhen we looked at our options for donating a portion of our sales to a worthy cause, we knew immediately that the community and purpose of 1% for the Planet, fit with our ideals and our vision.  We joined an alliance of companies in the United State, Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Peru, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom (and other countries as well) that understands that profit and loss are directly linked to its health, and are concerned with the social and environmental impacts of industry .

And you can join us. Yes, you.  If you own a business – any size – or have influence with your boss consider becoming a member of with us. By contributing 1% of net annual sales to grassroots environmental groups around the world, members of 1% For The Planet affect real, measureable change. Why else should you think about joining 1% for the Planet? There’s a benefit, a satisfaction, to paving the way for more corporate responsibility in the business community and the recognition, support and patronage of conscientious consumers who value serious commitment to the environment. Interested or want to know more? Check out the 1% For The Planet right here: www.onepercentfortheplanet.org

The Impact of Oil: The Visual Story

If you didn’t know, plastic is made from oil – its petroleum by-products. And while we posted earlier about Edward Burtynsky’s TED Prize Talk, this month he made a very compelling return to the TED stage. He presented his latest work on the impact of oil on our environment. While the world noticed oil’s impact from the news this summer from the BP Oil Spill, we move along quickly from major news stories and move on with our lives. But oil is part of our everyday lives – from plastic in packaging to containers to the oil we use in heating and in running our cars. Take in the visual images from Edward’s latest work below.

You’ll understand why we’re 100% plastic free in our products and our packaging.