The global population is on its way up. From less than three billion people in the 1970s to over seven billion in the present day, it is no surprise we are straining our planet’s resources.
One of the resources reaching the direst levels of shortage is fresh, clean drinking water. Even in developed countries like the United States, many communities are at risk for running out of clean water. And, with the world population slated to reach nine billion within one more lifetime, the hunt for a sustainable way to dole out clean water is becoming more of a concern among researchers, government agencies, and activists around the globe.
The following are just a few of the basic and most meaningful ways the average citizen can do their part to help reduce the global water scarcity, for this and future generations.
Purchasing S’well Bottles
The S’well water bottle is a reusable water bottle that comes in slim, stylish iterations across a variety of pale, calm, and cool colors and patterns. The bottles come in many different sizes and are specifically created with non-toxic and non-leaching 18/8 stainless steel.
Each bottle is built with a durable triple wall, which means that no condensation will ever appear on the outside of the bottle. You can purchase the bottles in three distinct sizes, including a 9 oz., 17 oz., and a 25 oz. size. This makes S’well the perfect bottle for all kinds of people, whether you need a small bottle to carry in your purse or a larger bottle for when you are working out—or even an even bigger bottle to share with your friends.
The best part about buying a S’well bottle? The company—which was founded only in 2010—supports many charities dedicated to various clean water initiatives around the globe. These include American Forests, (RED), Drink Up, and even UNICEF USA. The company has further committed $800,000 to UNICEF USA, as of 2017, to help prevent at-risk communities around the world access to water-borne illnesses and gain access to clean, fresh drinking water.
Furthermore, purchasing the bottles is also a significant step toward reducing plastic and paper waste.
Donating Wells or Water Purification Systems and Water Filters
This is yet another surefire way to do your part toward contributing to a world with access to safe drinking water for all. If you have the means, donating a water filter system to a family or community in need can mean the difference between a neighborhood contracting a water-borne disease from bacteria, viruses, pharmaceuticals, lead contamination, and so much more.
These environmentally friendly systems do not waste water during the purification process, so, in creating safe water, you are not wasting any, either! These filters connect to water lines that already exist in your plumbing system and are relatively simple to implement in your home.
On the other hand, a simple Everpure water filter, for instance, can give a family pure, clean water, by reducing the odor and taste of chlorine, and can filter up to 10,000 gallons of water before it needs to be replaced.
One option that costs even less money is to donate water purifying tablets to communities that need them. One package of 30 tablets can easily destroy all the contaminants in 30 bottles of water, leaving no aftertaste. Imagine how much of a difference that can make for a family in a community that does not have easy access to clean drinking water.
Think back to the natural disasters that have hit the Caribbean particularly hard in recent years, including Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Many of these families have been helped—and could still use the help—from donations of water purification systems, filters, and bottles.
Using Recyclable Water Bottles or Reusable Materials in All Aspects of Life
Make using reusable items a part of all aspects of life, whether that is within the home or the office, at college or in sports. Companies can save money and maintain a level of sustainability by encouraging their employees to bring and use water cups and bottles in the office, as well as by removing all temptations in the form of paper cups.
Drinking from a reusable bottle like S’well keeps your water cold and reduces water waste. Disposable plastic bottles become warm, and water is frequently poured down the sink because it is considered no longer drinkable. Plastic water bottles also leach estrogen into the drinking water because they aren’t BPA-free. Do your part for the environment, too, by using a recyclable water bottle to keep plastic and paper products out of our landfills.