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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.

BPA-Free for Your Health

Levels of BPA found in the human body according to The Environmental Working Group.

Back in the 1950s, we all thought plastics were going to be the “it” material of the future. Without regard for health or environment, we went full throttle ahead and plastic became a way of our everyday lives. But some progress comes at a cost.

Bisphenol A, commonly called BPA, is a controversial manufactured chemical found in the lining of food cans, certain plastic water bottles and other plastic containers. Researchers have linked the hormone-mimicking chemical (it mimics estrogen) to a host of health issues for adults, children and babies. Among the potential links – behavioral and developments effects, especially in growing babies and kids. The smart folks over at Consumer Reports just this past winter called into question the safety of BPA in any food or beverage container.

While more than 8 billion tons of BPA are produced a year, we’re one company committed to being BPA-free. All of our bottles, accessories and packaging are BPA-free and because we’re committed to health and environment, our bottles, accessories and packaging are 100% free of any plastics. Our bottles are made from recycled glass and our grippers and caps are made from 100% food-grade silicone. Rest assured, with BottlesUp, you’re getting a product designed with better health in mind.

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

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