ZeroWater is here to provide you with some quick and easy top tips on how to reduce your negative impact on the environment and how to become more sustainable as a family this year.
Let’s take the First Step Towards Creating a Brighter,
More Sustainable Future Together in 2021.
Two of the main ways YOU can change your lifestyle in order to help the environment is by ceasing to buy single use plastic water bottles and by reducing your water footprint.
As stated in the National Research Council’s report on Research Pathways for the Next Decade (NRC, 1999): “Water is at the Heart of Both the Causes and Effects of Climate Change.”
It is our solemn duty at this crucial turning point to do whatever we can to help save the environment through sustainability! We must save the planet for Us, Our Children and Our Children’s Children to continue living and thriving for years to come.
Thus, as climate change activist Ms. Greta Thurnberg powerfully stated at the UN Climate Summit “The Eyes of all Future Generations are Upon You.”
It is an indisputable fact that single use plastic is a large contributor to the rapidly approaching demise of our home planet.
The Guardian explains how the world’s plastic binge ‘as dangerous as climate change’.
Moreover, The Independent states that plastic drinks bottles are now the biggest plastic threat for our waterways.
In fact, plastic bottles are currently the 5th most commonly found rubbish item at coastline cleanups, making up a sizable portion of the total plastic pollution in oceans.
Single use plastic bottles are wasteful and detrimental as they will only be used once and then thrown away. They are non-biodegradable. This means that they can’t be recycled by living organisms and will consequently always pollute the ocean and earth.
This will harm wildlife, marine ecosystems and humanity by releasing toxic chemicals into the water, soil and atmosphere.
Moreover, plastics such as these eventually become microplastics and make their way into our water, which we ingest. Researchers determined that people are at risk for ingesting around 5 grams of plastic per week – equivalent to eating a credit card!
This can lead to long-term negative effects on our health such as infertility. Furthermore, microplastics have been revealed in the placentas of unborn babies which may cause long-term damage to foetuses.
Therefore plastic bottled water is extremely dangerous to our environment and to our health.
ZeroWater’s 4 Top Tips For A More Sustainable Life Style!
1. Use Reusable Alternatives
As we have explored, single-use products, particularly plastic ones, tend to end up in landfill and the ocean, causing harm to wildlife and the environment. You can prevent this by choosing to use reusable and Eco-friendly alternatives instead.
Check out this list of Eco-friendly alternatives for products you use every day.
A great Eco-friendly alternative to single use plastic water bottles is a water filter.
At ZeroWater we offer a wide variety of cost-effective, premium water filters including a portable water filter bottle! So you can wave goodbye to single use plastic water bottles while saying Hello to cost effective, contaminant free water!
2. Save Energy
By using less energy, you can help to reduce carbon emissions. There are a number of ways you can save energy at home, such as: switching off standby appliances, turning your heating down and hanging clothes to dry instead of using a drier.
Follow these energy saving tips to help you use less energy.
3. Cut Down Your Meat Intake
The production of meat is one of the biggest contributors to climate change and the pollution of landscapes and waterways. By eating less of it, you can help to reduce the impact the meat industry has on the Earth.
Start small and slowly cut down your meat intake. Maybe try doing vegetarian meals a few times a week. Try and take part in trends such as Vegan Monday’s or Veganuary.
There are so many plant-based meat alternatives out there that are delicious and more sustainable than meat. To check out all the different brands and varieties of meat-free alternatives follow @vegan_food_uk on Instagram and tag us @Zerowateruk in your plant based, sustainable recipes.
4. Quit Fast Fashion
The fashion industry is one of the main polluting industries in the world. To lessen the impact this industry has on the planet, you could buy more of your clothes second hand from charity shops, sustainable clothing outlets, or online through Depop or Facebook Market Place.
5. Decrease Your Water Footprint
- 30% = flushing the toilet
- 21% = laundry
- 13% = personal hygiene or washing
- 8% = washing up after meals
- 4% = drinking
- 7% = outdoor activities such as watering plants
- 19% = miscellaneous other uses around the home and places of work.
Uncontaminated freshwater is becoming an ever diminishing resource in some parts of the world. As the population continues to increase, demand for water is perpetually growing.
Rivers are running dry, thus decreasing lake and groundwater levels.
Consequently, many species of wildlife are becoming endangered.
This also impacts human life as water is becoming more and more contaminated or scarce.
By learning about and then decreasing your own personal water footprint you will help to create a more sustainable and equitable use of fresh water. This will aid not only the environment but your fellow human beings.
We must all work together in 2021 to create a more sustainable future.
Consumers can quickly and easily their water footprint (i.e. their home water use) by employing some of these quick and easy methods:
- Boycott single use plastic water bottles as this will increase your water footprint as well as contributing to plastic pollution.
- Invest in a water filter so you can get the purest tasting water while also reducing your water footprint without damaging the environment.
- Install a smart water meter that will take hourly, automatic readings of your water use. This way you can see how much water you are using and reduce it accordingly. This will give you control and an understanding of your household’s water consumption. Moreover this will save you money in the long run as you’ll spend less money on your water bills.
- Install water saving toilets that use less water when flushing.
- Applying a water-saving showerhead to reduce your water consumption while showering.
A More Sustainable Life Style is Within Reach With ZeroWater!
Investing in a ZeroWater filter is to invest in a sustainable future.
Our Premium 5-Stage Ion Exchange Water Filtration System will aid you in reducing your water footprint and prevent you from buying harmful single use plastic. It will also provide you with the purest tasting water free from contaminants such as microplastics.
When tested in accordance with the NSF’s protocol based on a 40 gallon filtration (double the rated usage), ZeroWater reduces 97% of Lead and 99.9% of Chromium from your tap water. They are third party tested to reduce 96% of Mercury, 99% of Uranium, 93% of Arsenic and 99% of Copper, among many other contaminants.
Therefore, our filters outperform any standard 2-Stage filter on the market such as Brita Filters which are only able remove around half of all dissolved solids! Take a look at our previous article for a detailed outline on how our Premium 5 Stage Ion Exchange water filters work!
Your more sustainable life style begins in 2021 with ZeroWater filters.