Ritz-Carlton Moving to “Green” Bottles

Ritz-Carlton Moving to “Green” Bottles

Ritz Carlton’s U.S. and Caribbean hotels (which account for 40 of the chain’s 73 hotels) will stop offering plastic water bottles and will switch to plant-based, biodegradable material for their hotel branded water bottles.  This move towards using an environmentally much friendlier material for water bottles is thought to be the first among hotel chains.

The new bottles are made totally from plants and being all natural can decompose in 30 days in a commercial composting facility.  Alternatively these “green” bottles can be reprocessed and 100 percent remade into new bottles.  The benefits are many including that making one new bottle uses half the fossil fuels of a traditional plastic water bottle, as well as 45 percent less energy, and generates 75 percent less greenhouse gases. The bottles hold water normally without fear they will decompose in front of you or while in the refrigerator.

Lest anyone think that this is largely an empty gesture, Ritz Carlton distributes five million 16 oz. water bottles per year, according to the Marriott owned brand. The positive environmental implications could increase dramatically if all Marriot hotels follow Ritz Carlton’s lead.

Other chains cannot dismiss switching to environmentally friendly water bottles based on cost concerns, since Marriott has announced that the new bottles will cost the same as the old water bottles. Ultimately, the cost of such bottles will likely be lowered as they become more common. As with many environmental advances, the initial cost is a reason for concern, but once they become the standard, many times the price comes down to equal or even lower than the item they replace.

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T-Shirts and Plastic Water Bottles Are Best Promotional Products For Marathons

T-Shirts and Plastic Water Bottles Are Best Promotional Products For Marathons

Besides the Olympic Games and the World Cup in Soccer, there is no more internationally branded sports event than the traditional Marathon. This is an excellent, untapped opportunity for marketers and brand builders.

At 42.195 kilometers, or 26 miles and 385 yards, the Marathon is usually run as a road race and was born as a commemoration of a Greek Soldier who ran with a message from the Battle of Marathon to Athens. The first marathon in modern time occurred in 1896 at Olympics and today over 500 Marathons are arranged around the world.

Five of the most prestigious races in the Marathon world are Boston, New York City, Chicago, London and Berlin. These races attract hundreds of thousands of people and are media staples running up significant news coverage, media coverage, footage and print for weeks at a time. Marathons are often isolated events from city to city, so a local coordination of sponsorships and marketing efforts is often possible.

Most participants of a Marathon race are not running to win, but running for the accomplishment. The strategy is often to run from water stop to water stop where water bottles are available.

The brand building opportunities surrounding a Marathon are many. Firstly, you have the runners themselves, who are in fact walking, jogging or running as billboards and could be wearing your brand or slogan on their backs.

Secondly, you have all the functional staff surrounding the Marathon working on arrangements and coordination. Official staff counts in the thousands and many of the officials are media spokes people who will be getting face time with film cameras and journalists.

Thirdly, Marathons are major tourist and crowd magnets. For some of the larger Marathons, spectator crowds count in the hundreds of thousands lining up along the streets and taking part of the festivities. There is a high level of street vendor culture surrounding a Marathon and often times merchandise is being sold to commemorate the event with T-shirts such as “I was there, Chicago 2006 Marathon”.

Besides from T-shirt the most important aspect of a Marathon is staying hydrated. In the average Marathon time of 4 hours, 32 minutes and 8 seconds runners will have to replenish their water supply several times to be able to finish the race. Water stations are placed throughout the Marathon route with Water Bottles. While the drinking of water from Water bottles has to be leveled out with intake of salt to prevent hyponatremia, a Marathon runner will drink about 4-6 ounces of liquid every 20-3o minutes of the race.

Often times, the water stations are also covered by media and a large on watching crowd so the stations are ideal for promotional branding and branded Water Bottles.

DiscountMugs.com is a large distribution company based in Miami, Florida. They are web-based and factory-direct which allows them to keep prices lower than the rest of the competition. They also have a huge selection of promotional products from wine glasses and shot glasses to water bottles and champagne flutes.


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8 Eco-Friendly Lunch Packing Tips

8 Eco-Friendly Lunch Packing Tips

Today I was in a local toy store and saw a lunch box for children with a sticker price of …honestly, what’s that all about?  Do people really pay for a lunch box?  I don’t care if that lunch box lasts me all year; I’m still not going to pay for it! 

Truth be told, if we all take a step back in our own homes, we will find a few different options we can use right there to pack lunches every day; we just need to get creative!

FYI-follow these tips for money saving and eco- friendly lunch packing tips:

1-Reuse baskets, tin cookie containers, gift bags or small coolers as lunch boxes.

2-Purchase small ice packs to keep lunches cool and from spoiling OR freeze water in a plastic water bottle, leaving ½” head room, and use to keep lunch cool.  The extra bonus is the ice will be melting and will provide your child with fresh and cool water at lunch.

3-Instead of plastic baggies, purchase wax eco-friendly bags, or reusable nylon snack or sandwich bags.

4-Utilize a small, flat plastic container or Wrap-n-Mat for sandwiches or wraps.

5-Small glass jam jars work really great for everything from cut vegetables to yogurt to trail mix.

6-Send along a cloth napkin for use as napkin and/or placemat.

7-Stainless steel or BPA free plastic water bottles replace the need for juice boxes or sugared drinks.

8-Send a little love note from home in your child’s lunchbox.  If he/she can’t read, a small picture or smiley face will do the trick.

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Nichi Hirsch Kuechle supports moms during pregnancy, birth, postpartum and beyond as a health coach, craniosacral therapist and birth & postpartum doula in Minneapolis.   She publishes a bi-monthly e-newsletter called Natural Family, which offers tips, ideas and resources for naturally raising your children.  She also teaches a variety of live and virtual workshops.  You can get Nichi’s New Parent Tool Kit, for free, by going to: http://www.myhealthybeginning.com

 

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Why Drink Bottled Water?

Why Drink Bottled Water?

Bottled water is one of the most popular, and most expensive consumer beverages available today. Vast quantities are sold daily in North America and around the world.


The question is, why?


The bottled water industry has created a desire for their product by capitalizing on fear. The average consumer may be suspicious of their municipal water supply for a wide variety of reasons, including plenty of horror stories in the press detailing lax water quality standards or procedures at some municipal water treatment plants.


Still other consumers are concerned about the quality of their own well water due to stories of how easily ground water can be contaminated with industrial or agricultural waste from factories and factory farms.


The media has helped create an environment where consumers are afraid to drink their own tap water.


Consider the cost. Bottled water can add hundreds of dollars to the grocery bill for the average family. In fact over time the cost to consumers can be literally tens of thousands of dollars thrown away chasing a decent and healthy glass of water.


Consider the environment. Every year tens of millions of plastic water bottles end up in landfill and littering the environment. This is an environmental disaster of epic proportions yet millions of otherwise environmentally aware people pay no heed to the mountain of garbage they help create by using bottled water products.


Consider the alternative. Much of the bottled water available today is simply filtered municipal tap water while some still comes from underground natural sources. In most bottled water plants, the water is put through a filter, possibly disinfected and then bottled. Consumers have the ability to own the very same water treatment technology that most bottled water plants use, and individuals can produce their very own high quality (in fact higher quality than many bottled waters) right at home, using their own tap water as the source. The result is bottled water quality (or better) throughout the entire home for a tiny fraction of the cost of bottled water.


Think about that for a moment.


Consumers can have their very own bottled water quality, at every faucet in the home including showers, tubs, kitchen etc. and still save possibly tens of thousands of dollars over the long-term cost of buying bottled water.


The benefits of owning a whole-house water filter system over using bottled water are obvious to many. The advantages in cost savings and environmental protection simply scream out at those who will listen.


Protect your water and provide for yourself and your family, the benefits are many.

UVshack.com offers complete whole-house water filtration systems using chemical-free UV technology. Systems are available for any size family, and shipping is offered for free in North America. Visit http://www.uvshack.com for complete details.


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The Benefits of Promotional Stainless Steel Water Bottles

The Benefits of Promotional Stainless Steel Water Bottles

In the course of a year, 38 billion water bottles are piled up in lifeless landfills across the world. To stay out of harms way, we need to stop burying our problems in our backyard. Instead, we must move forward with innovative ideas and eco-friendly alternatives to the growing problems associated with pollution and waste. With the adoption of promotional stainless steel water bottles in your life, the world is getting one step closer to its sustainable goal.

While many of the benefits of custom stainless steel water bottles pertain to environmentally friendly living, there are other important perks to be explored. Switching to promotional stainless steel sports bottles leads to a healthy earth and a healthy you. Typical plastic water bottles and nalgene containers can contain traces of the synthetic chemical Bisphtnol (BPA) that interferes with your body’s natural hormonal messaging system. New developments are discovered each day but none of them give the green light to plastic water bottles. Instead, people are urged to use promotional stainless steel water bottles that are BPA-free. These great custom BPA-free water bottles were created to keep their users healthy and encourage healthy living habits for the sake of our earth.

In an effort to make custom stainless steel sports bottles attractive to all, many special features and personalizations have been made available. Options like, attached promotional carabiners, built-in straws and an assortment of designs allow all parties to customize their ideal promotional stainless steel sports bottles. Some brand names have even created stainless steel sippy-cups for children. Raising children with fears of global warming can be constructive, but instilling an appreciation of the earth and providing children with alternatives, like custom stainless steel sports bottles is best way to ensure a green future in our world.

Using promotional stainless steel water bottles for promotional awareness events will help people to remember your environmentally friendly business’ name. These custom stainless steel water bottles are eco-friendly, pose no harm to you and come in many different styles, making it hard to believe that they’re also cost effective. But consider the amount of water bottles you personally consume in a day, have you contributed to the billions of water bottle trash each year? With custom stainless steel sports bottles, you’re encouraging sustainable living and giving your company the brand recognition it deserves.

Motivators offers a variety of products ranging from promotional stainless steel sports bottles to logo stress balls. Whether it’s a great tradeshow giveaway or fun promotional keychains that you need, Motivators Promotional Products will please every customer.


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Go Green With Eco-Friendly Sports Bottles

Go Green With Eco-Friendly Sports Bottles

Medical professionals and health care experts always tell us to hydrate and that is to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Most of us are all on the go whether at school or at work and even at home. Most people today are always on the move here and there so it’s easy for us to not drink the recommended amount of water daily. That is why most people carry water bottles with them so that they can quench their thirst even while waiting in line at the bank or at the supermarket or just sitting in the office. Today, water bottles not only come in trendy designs and cool utility functions, they are also made to be eco-friendly. Eco-friendly sports bottles are increasingly becoming popular as they are reliable, durable and green compared to plastic water bottles.

Some of the most trusted brands in eco-friendly sports bottles is Nalgene. Nalgene is a US made, reasonably priced sport bottle that is ever popular among sportsmen women, as well as among office workers and soccer moms. Nalgene has a new line of sports bottles that are BPA free. Among the bottles, the Tritan Wide-Mouth Everyday bottle is the hottest selling in the line and it can hold enough water to keep you hydrated on a coast-to-coast flight or for a full day at the office. The mouth of the bottle is large enough to accommodate ice cubes and Nalgene sells a variety of accessories such as pop-up sports cap. The bottle retails are .50.

Another innovative design in sports bottles that are environmentally friendly are the Camelbak Better bottles. These bottles are designed to not spill thanks to its “flip, bite-n-sip” design, even when the flip lock is left open. These types of bottles are ideal for situations where there is a lot of movement such as driving or drinking while on the move. The Camelbak is also made with BPA free plastic and has a sporty design which comes with a bottle-top loop that can be clipped with a carabiner to a backpack. Consumers have a choice in colors and patterns such as argyle and hounds tooth for a more urban feel. This bottle retails for to depending on its liter.

Some companies have taken the humble sports bottle to a whole new level by incorporating hip designs and cool extra features and the Sigg Traveler takes the cup. Sigg, is considered hip as it is the popular choice among celebrities and eco-stars such as the Dave Matthews Band. Sigg is from a Swiss company and they have been in the business of making lightweight, recycled-aluminum bottles for a hundred years. The Sigg is lightweight and has a coating that prevents aluminum from secreting the contents. Up to its name, the Sigg Traveler is uber- trendy and lightweight and comes two sizes and a variety colors. The designs range from classic to simple steel. Unlike the Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth, the Sigg Traveller has a small opening that cant fit in ice cubes but is great for warm beverages as the sports bottle is metal. Sigg offers a carrying pouch and even a new hot-beverage Sigg as well as a specially designed brush and cleaning tablets for cleaning. The price retails at .99 (0.6 liter); .99 (1 liter).

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GoodLife Bottles Review

GoodLife Bottles Review

The Eco-friendly alternative to bottled water is finally here.  GoodLife bottles are stainless steel, eco-friendly, and 100 percent recyclable.  These toxin free bottles are the safe alternative to the environmentally harmful plastic water bottles.  Plus, you save money by refilling the bottle from home instead of buying expensive bottled water.

Few people realize the damage that can be done to both the environment and oneself by drinking bottled water.  Of the more than 50 million bottles of water sold each year, more than 80 percent end up in a landfill.  Since plastic can never full biodegrade, this is just plain bad for the environment.  Now you can choose the safe alternative thanks to GoodLife Bottles.  Made of high-quality food-grade stainless steel, these bottles can keep liquid hot or cold for up to 24 hours.  

It’s easy to see why so many people have joined the GoodLife revolution.  These bottles are 100 percent BPA free, non-leaching, and toxin free, making them safe for you and your family.  Plus, you can feel good knowing you’re not harming mother Earth by using these products.  The GoodLife Bottles were created in an effort to offer a healthy alternative to plastic water bottles.  They are healthy for you and the Earth’s eco-system.  With several products to choose from featuring unique designs and colors, they make it easy to fit these bottles into your busy lifestyle.  

The Venture Bottle is the 1000 ML bottle and comes in a wide array of colors.  For those that want to enjoy the GoodLife on the go, there’s the GO Bottle, which is 500 ML and is perfect to take with you anywhere.  From stylish design to overall safety, there are many things that make these bottles the right choice when it comes to bottled water.  They can save you money and save the environment.

Find out more about GoodLife Bottles and read a GoodLife Bottles review.


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Using Water Bottles As Art

Using Water Bottles As Art

There are many art projects you can engage in by using water bottles. This is a great way to create something beautiful whilst recycling. Encourage your young ones and others to go GREEN with these crafts endeavors.

Lava lamp
All you need are simple materials that can be found in the kitchen or around the house: -

1 transparent bottle with cap
Water
Food coloring
Either vegetable or mineral oil
1 flashlight
Salt or baking soda

First, fill the water bottle with oil, about three quarters and add on water. Leave a little space at the top. The water will descend to the bottom and minute bubbles will emerge. Add a few drops of food coloring, two or more to add dimension. It will take a few moments for the color to merge. Switch on the flashlight and point it to the makeshift lamp. Drop little bits of baking soda or salt into the concoction, and voila, you now have your very own unique home-made lava lamp. To get the same effect later on, attach the cap on the bottle and turn it upside down. A word of caution – do not expose the lava lamp to high temperatures as it can explode.

Water bottle hat
A contraption your children will love.

2 socks with cuffs folded
2 plastic water bottles
2 pieces of aquarium plastic tubing, preferably 42 inches
1 baseball cap

To start off, sew the socks directly unto sides of baseball cap. Discard the bottles’ caps and fill with water. Thrust the plastic tubing through the holes made vacant by the discarded caps and place the bottles in the sock pockets. You can further embellish the water bottle hat with stickers or drawings.

Message in a Bottle
This is a beautiful piece of art that can be tailored for any special occasion.

Empty water bottle
Ribbons
1 sheet of stationery paper
1 cup granulated sugar
Plastic or acrylic jewels, beads and confetti
Paint
Marker pen (choice of color is infinite)
Thumbtack or glue

First, make sure that the bottle is clean and free from all labels. Using your marker pen, write a note or poem on the stationery paper. Tie the note with some ribbon, leaving one end and attaching it to the end of the bottle cap using a thumb tack or glue. Set it aside. Pour sugar into the bottle, enough to ensure that the letter is visible in the neck for easy removal. Now, drop the beads, confetti or jewels into the sugar. Carefully, push the note into the neck of the bottle. Make sure that the long end of the ribbon is also in the neck and put in the cap. Decorate your bottle using paint, making your designs as festive as possible.

Recycled garden
A garden made from recycled bottles and other easy to find materials.

Empty 2 liter bottles
Paint
Pipe cleaners
Dryer sheets
Drinking straws
Construction paper (various colors)
Popsicle sticks
Glue
Cardboard box
Styrofoam bowl (for containing paint)

Fashion flowers out of the dryer sheets, and place them one inside the other. This can be done by dipping each cut flower into a Styrofoam bowl filled with paint. Do not forget to lightly pinch the flowers in the center. Next, wrap the pipe cleaners around the pinched areas and twist to hold the flowers. Fluff the flowers to make them seem alive. To form the stems, slip the pipe cleaners down into the drinking straws. Utilizing the cardboard box as the base, cut out one side and start decorating with construction paper. You can fashion a fence using Popsicle sticks. To hold the flowers in place, cut the bottom of the water bottle and place it upside down into the bottom of the box. For grass, use green construction paper.

DiscountMugs.com is a large distribution company based in Miami, Florida. They are web-based and factory-direct which allows them to keep prices lower than the rest of the competition. They also have a huge selection of promotional products from wine glasses and shot glasses to tote bags and water bottles.


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Why Sports Bottles Trump Plastic Water Bottles

Why Sports Bottles Trump Plastic Water Bottles

Buying a case of bottled water is convenient. It cuts down on time for busy individuals especially athletes. They can just grab one and go. But did you know that one fourths of bottled water is tap water? Or that the bottled water industry made upwards of 4 million dollars last year? That’s a humongous amount of money for something consumers can get practically for free by the turn of a knob in their own home. Cutting down on buying bottled water is not only great on our eco-system but it also saves money. The best solution for this is to get a sports bottle or a permanent water bottle of sorts which can be customized to fit any design.

The most obvious and best reason to own a personalized sports bottle is that it’s earth-friendly. Bottled water is typically made out of plastic. Plastic is a big detriment to the planet because for one plastic is made from petroleum which is a limited resource. Two, plastic is mostly non bio-degradable. It stays on our planet practically forever! With the overwhelming rise in popularity of water bottles in five years landfills will be overcrowded with plastic. What happens to Mother Earth then?

Another awesome reason to cut down on bottles of water is that it saves a whole lot of money. A case of “good” bottled water averages around six dollars for a case of twenty-four. If a consumer drinks the recommended amount of eight glasses or bottles per day then that case only lasts for about three days. That’s roughly twelve dollars a week, forty eight dollars a month. Imagine spending forty eight bucks a month on bottled tap water. Most people’s water bill isn’t that high.

The rewards for dedicating an extra five minutes in the morning to prepare a water carrier are enormous. Just imagine if at least ten percent of bottled water consumers decided to bring a sports bottle to games or to work. It is invaluable to the economy and easy on the wallets.

DiscountMugs.com is a large distribution company based in Miami, Florida. They are web-based and factory-direct which allows them to keep prices lower than the rest of the competition. They also have a huge selection of products from coffee mugs and travel mugs to sports bottles and custom t-shirts. Visit this page for more information on Discount Mugs


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History Of Water Bottles

History Of Water Bottles

Everywhere we look, there is sure to be people milling around carrying water bottles. The trend of hauling and drinking water from bottles has become progressively fashionable in modern years.

It is interesting to find out more about the substance used to contain the various liquids we consume daily.

Since the commencement of human history, people have explored various possibilities to convey fresh water from its source to their locale. During the height of the Roman Empire, aqueducts were erected to distribute water to the cities, and containers made from clay, materials of natural fibers and animal pelts were utilized to carry water in less significant amounts. In time, due to war, and then roaming lengthy distances by automated vehicles and sports activities such as hiking predisposed the inevitability for people to devise better ways for moving portable water.

There many brands of water sold in bottles available. For example, mineral water from San Pellegrino in Italy has been produced since 1935, whilst Evian took root in 1826. Perrier was established in 1898.

Initially, these Companies sold their water in glass bottles, but after the plastic revolution in the mid 20th century, plastic became the more fashionable choice. After that and to this day, water is commercially made available in plastic water bottles.

In 2008, consumers began to question the presence of Bisphenol-A or BPA found in some water bottles, which could lead to health problems. As such, many Companies today ensure that the bottles used to contain liquids are certified BPA-free. Since the latter part of the 12th century, most bottles for containing water were constructed with necks. Today, as the industry evolves, bottles forms and dimensions have rapidly changed.

One such bottle is the metal version manufactured by SIGG.

Dating back to 1908 in Zurich Switzerland, the Company was started by two enterprising, innovative, and visionary gentlemen, Ferdinand Sigg and Xavier Kung. Believing that aluminum was the wave of the future, they began manufacturing not only metal bottles, but frying pans, saucepans and other household items. By the 1950s, SIGG was the frontrunner in the production of metal water bottles.

With the emergence of water bottles made from other than plastic, cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles have prohibited city-funded procurement of plastic water bottles.

In recycling terms, water bottles made from PET or polyester, which is the most common plastic used for containers are discarded and recycled – known as ‘post consumer-PET’. Once the post consumer-PET is sorted from other waste, it is compressed, formed into bales and presented for sale to recycling Companies. Once sold, this PET waste is frayed into minute fragments. These fragments are then augmented into the production of polyester fibers, used for making items such as carpets, clothing and pillows.

PET water bottles are also used (after recycling) for solar water disinfection in third world countries; the empty PET water bottles are filled, left in the sun to permit disinfection via ultraviolet radiation. Water bottles, whether made of plastic, aluminum, metal or recyclable materials are part and parcel of our lives, and their presence is her to stay for a long time to come.

DiscountMugs.com is a large distribution company based in Miami, Florida. They are web-based and factory-direct which allows them to keep prices lower than the rest of the competition. They also have a huge selection of promotional products from wine glasses and champagne flute to martini glasses and water bottles.


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