Ban the Bottle is a powerful environmental advocate focused on the elimination of single use plastic water bottles. While bottled water companies spend millions on advertising to sell an image of pristine magic water, there is a safe alternative that costs pennies on the dollar that may be safer to drink.
Tap Water! In fact, according to the Natural Resource Defense Council, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules for bottled water are less strict than Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rules for tap water. In addition to questionable water quality regulations, single-use plastic bottled water is a huge contributor to waste. In the United States alone we throw away nearly 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour*, many of which don’t make it to the recycling center. Imagine the waste we could reduce in one year, if every American used a reusable bottle filled with tap water. However, not all reusable water bottles are made equal. We as consumers must be discerning about what container we use to store our bodies most necessary nutrient, water. Reusable plastic and metal bottles are known to leach chemicals into the water.#
A company called Faucet Face reached out to our team and expressed how their corporate mission and goals align with those of Ban the Bottle. Faucet Face provides a safe alternative to bottled water, glass.
Glass is used in laboratories because it is non-porous and won’t leach chemicals. Your water will be secure stored in glass, and will have the same delicious taste every time you drink it.
Faucet Face commissioned world-renowned typographers to design three glass bottles. They are twice the thickness of a beer or glass beverage bottle, which makes them very sturdy.
We are grateful for the public health infrastructure that delivers safe, delicious water to our homes in the United States. However in other parts of the world people live without a safe water source. Consumption of unclean water leads to ingestion of parasites and bacteria, which cause dysentery, cholera and diarrhea.
As part of its commitment to providing environmental solutions for the world, Faucet Face donates a portion of sales to the non-profit organization TMA (http://www.tmaseva.org) to develop BioSand water filters to help impoverished villagers of the Thane District of India. A BioSand Filter is a concrete container filled with several layers of sand, which trap and eliminate sediments, pathogens and impurities†. These filters provide a safe water source for a household and prevent waterborne disease.
Faucet Face, along with Ban the Bottle, is working to reduce waste from one-time use plastic bottles. They offer a safe sturdy glass bottle to promote health and hydration and assist the less fortunate with environmental technologies to prevent waterborne illness.
The next time you desire the convenience of a bottle of cold refreshing water, reach for Faucet Face and bring back the dignity of tap.
# Science News
† Environmental Protection Agency