What You Need to Know About Water Bottles

by Hillary Brown 7. June 2011 11:55

Who knows what’s PC anymore when it comes to water bottles? Are all plastic water bottles bad? What about those stainless steel bottles – do they make the water taste funny? Isn’t bottled water safer than tap water? What about the cost of each?

Exhausted from all the question-asking and receiving less than fulfilling answers, you finally settle for buying a flat of 35 plastic water bottles from your favorite wholesale company.

Here are the facts:

Drinking bottled water increases waste. It’s estimated that Americans throw away 2.5 million water bottles every hour. Even though many people recycle, the recycling rate for plastic water bottles is estimated to be around 27%. That means that the majority of plastic bottles produced end up in landfills or water systems. 

Reusing a disposable plastic water bottle is another route you can take. However, some believe that if these water bottles are reused multiple times, bacteria and chemicals from the plastic can seep into the water. It might be easier, but in the long run, reusing disposable plastic water bottles and then recycling only presents more problems.

Bottled water isn’t safer than tap water. According to foodandwaterwatch.com, tap water is actually more strictly regulated than bottled water and in 2009, most bottled water came from tap water supplies (Bottled Water – Illusions of Purity). With a good filter, your tap water could be that much better than bottled water.

Drinking tap water is a lot cheaper than drinking bottled water. When you buy the 35 water bottle flat, you spend about $0.95 per gallon. Water from the tap costs about $0.002 per gallon. There’s no question that tap water is a better deal than even the cheapest bottled water.

Thankfully, like many Green things, reducing this plastic water bottle waste and reducing the cost of water for your household is pretty easy. 

What are your options?

Start using an environmentally friendly reusable water bottle.

Benefits:

  • Reusable water bottles cut down on waste
  • Reusable water bottles are most cost efficient
  • Reusable water bottles last longer
  • Reusable water bottles are safe for the environment if chosen wisely

Plastic Water Bottles

Not all plastic water bottles are bad for the environment! There are some great environmentally friendly plastic options if you don’t want to use a stainless steel bottle.

BPA free plastic bottles are better for the environment and for you. For those of you worried about having to give up your cool, colored Nalgene, don’t worry! There are BPA free options for those too. These BPA free plastic bottles are great because they’re lightweight, but also strong and flexible. They also come in many different colors and are easily customizable.

Biodegradable plastic water bottles are also an option. The biodegradable sports bottle we offer on our website is made in the USA from biodegradable plastic. The simple, sports bottle design is lightweight and easy to carry around. It’s a great alternative to older versions of reusable plastic bottles.

Green Benefits offers multiple design options for BPA free and biodegradable plastic water bottles.

Stainless Steel Water Bottles

Although there are some good plastic water bottles out there, stainless steel water bottles are widely regarded as the most cost effective, green water bottle. A custom stainless steel water bottle will last you for life and presents no health risks or risks to the environment. There are many different design options and sizes to choose from. Check out these stainless steel water bottles from Green Benefits. They can be custom imprinted too, perfect for your next promotional give away or green fundraiser.

 

 

So next time you're at the store and tempted to buy yet another disposable plastic water bottle, think again and think green instead.

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Green Benefits Featured in Kiwi Magazine–May 2011

by John Hamlin 29. May 2011 12:27

We made the news!  Or to be more specific, we were mentioned in a magazine this Month.  We are excited to post that Kiwi Magazine recognized Green Benefits as a one of the, “10 great, green school fundraisers”  in their community honor roll.  We will link to the article once it is available online, but for now here is a couple of screen clippings / shots of the magazine and article.  Be sure to pick-up the May edition while it’s still available.

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Eco-Apparel Terminology

by jchamlin 14. March 2011 11:36
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Green Benefits has been in the business of offering green and  eco-apparel options since 2007.  Over the years we have found there is a lot to know about sustainability and the details can lead to a great deal of confusion.  Many people who oppose using eco-appareloften believe that eco-apparel is 1)  expensive and 2)  lesser quality.  Neither are generally true and often eco-apparel feels better than traditionally manufactured virgin materials .  Eco-apparel makes good sense and is economically affordable as well.

As a refresher, here is a short list of eco-friendly textiles entering the eco-apparel marketplace, you’ll find it helpful to brush up on some “green” options:

  • Organic fabricsuse no pesticides, herbicides or insecticides during the growing cycle.  This is one of the easiest places to start with a marginally higher cost, the imprint options on organic eco-apparel are often softer and more comfortable than traditional cotton material. 
  • Soy silk uses liquefied proteins (a by-product of making tofu) forced into fibers which are then spun.
  • Ingeo corn fiber is created by extracting starch and then sugars from corn, and processing them into a form which can be spun into a yarn or woven into fabric.
  • Fortrel EcoSpun polyester is made out of recycled plastic bottles and is frequently used for fleece.
  • Biodegradable fabric has the ability to naturally break down and return to raw material or to be absorbed by the earth. The Federal Trade Commission guidelines say only products that contain materials which “break down and decompose into elements found in nature within a reasonably short amount of time when they are exposed to air, moisture and bacteria or other organisms” should be labeled biodegradable.
  • Natural bleaching means that hydrogen peroxide was used to whiten fibers, rather than a chemical such as chlorine.
  • Bamboo fabric is made from the cellulose fibers of the plant. It’s naturally antibacterial and 100% biodegradable and sustainable.

Green Benefits offers many of these eco-apparel options and is happy to source anything that you don’t find on our web site.  We specialize in sourcing eco-apparel and other eco-friendly products.  Please review our eco apparel where you will find:  custom print eco-apparel organic t-shirts, Recycled Polyester Polo’s and much more.

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Cotton Prices Hit Record High

by jchamlin 10. March 2011 11:44
gb-raw-cottonIf you are considering any custom printed apparel now is the time to buy before the new high prices work through the system.  As a proactive company we want to help our customers get great value from our products and services.  Global pressure on cotton futures will effect us all over time.  Below is a small excerpt on the status of cotton prices.  Again, if you are considering organic t-shirts, custom printed recycled t-shirts or other t-shirt or organic apparel items buy soon, before prices increase to the end user.  The pricing below is on traditional cotton, however we have found that organic cotton which is generally more expensive is directly influenced as well.  We have seen price increases from our wholesale suppliers, on organic t-shirts, organic sweatshirts and other organic cotton products. 

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Amid concerns that global supplies may not satisfy rising demand – particularly in China – the price of cotton soared again this week, hitting an all-time high. At the close of a seven-day rally on Monday, cotton futures reached $2.197 per pound, which is more than double the cost of the commodity compared to this time last year. Prices finally stabilized mid-week following a report from the International Cotton Advisory Committee that global cotton output will rise 11% this year to a record 27.6 million metric tons. The increase in output is becoming more necessary, as China alone imported 390,720 metric tons of cotton in January, a 31% rise. China's Ministry of Commerce said the country will continue to actively expand its imports of cotton in 2011.

The U.S. is taking a lead in cotton production, recently exporting 403,341 bales in one week to countries including China, Turkey and Bangladesh. U.S. export sales of cotton rose 56% in late February, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Since last year, the rapid rise of cotton has steadily increased the cost of items like T-shirts, polos and jeans.

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With the above information in mind, the sooner you buy the less likely these high prices will directly effect your organic t-shirt or organic sweatshirt purchases.   What are your thoughts on the rapid increase in some commodity items like cotton?

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Green Benefits 2011 Fundraising Guide Overview Now Available

by jchamlin 7. February 2011 16:43

After a great 2010 we have updated our fundraising guide for 2011.  Be sure you are ready for World Water Day and Earth Day this year.  Connect with us early, and download your FREE fundraising guide at www.greenbenefits.com 

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Green Solutions for a Tight Budget

by greenbenefits 11. August 2010 16:16

With tighter budgets in schools, fundraising is the best way to keep popular programs. Schools around the United States are suffering from severe budget cuts, now is the time to think about where money is going to come from this fall. The best solution? Eco-friendly fundraising. Not only are green fundraising programs a good solution for needed funds, but they are a chance to promote sustainability in communities and educate children on the importance of taking care of the planet.

School budgets, wimagehich typically grow at a slightly higher rate than inflation are currently either growing much slower or staying level. In addition, the drop in states’ revenue from sales tax and recent job losses will affect next year’s budgets. In this economy, there are fewer and fewer options for school activities and programs that cost extra money.

With eco-friendly fundraising programs from Green Benefits, schools and organizations can raise the money they need to give students the same opportunities and privileges as before. Green Benefits offers many programs that will give the opportunity for community education and growth in a sustainable way.

Green fundraisers are a perfect way to start off the new school year, and there are several programs available that can fit any need. Teaching children how to increase sustainability in their community and the importance of the local environment will help them live a greener lifestyle in the future. Some options for green fundraising are selling reusable bags, water bottles, and organic chocolate.

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Green fundraising: the smart solution for schools of the 21st century

by greenbenefits 3. July 2010 13:52

From reusable water bottles to Free Trade organic chocolate, Green Benefits is providing schools around the country with green solutions for fundraising so that kids can help out their environment while helping themselves. Green fundraising, in addition to raising money for school programs, can be used as a learning tool for children. As opposed to selling just popcorn and magazines, green fundraising reduces the carbon footprint of the community as well as raising the needed funds for a school. At the same time, it teaches kids how green fundraising impacts their environment encourages them to lead an eco-conscious lifestyle in the future.

Schools like Ames elementary in Riverside Illinois love the Green Benefits programs because of the positive message to the kids. The parents enjoy it because they aren’t just buying junk for the sake of a fundraiser, but actually contributing to the sustainable movement. Other schools that have enjoyed these programs are the CHS cheer team in California, the BMS band in Indiana, the UHS travel club in Massachusetts and Garfield High School Vocal Music Club in Seattle.

Green Benefits is committed to making a positive difference in the community by helping to increase the environmental awareness through green fundraising. They believe the time has come to act in accordance with sustainably-minded goals and values, and contribute to a brighter future. Schools are in the unique position to give the gift of knowledge, and to empower their communities to act as better stewards of the environment. The team at green benefits is dedicated to helping schools use green fundraising for money as well as raising environmental awareness.

According to Derek VanDyke, founder of Green Benefits, “everything we do has the chance to educate. Marketers often forget the impact they can have, instead of just peddling their products.”

Green fundraising programs through Green Benefits include: a direct selling fundraiser, a catalog fundraiser, and online web fundraiser and the opportunity for non-traditional green fundraising. This company is unique to other green fundraising organizations in that they can create customized programs from pre-approved products. The most popular green fundraising products are reusable water bottles and bags, as well as Free Trade organic chocolate and customized eco-friendly T-shirts; there are custom and non-custom options for designs and logos for all green fundraising products.

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