Bottled water overtakes soda as America’s No. 1 drink — and you should avoid both

Bottled water overtakes soda as America’s No. 1 drink — and you should avoid both

Bottled-water consumption in the U.S. hit 39.3 gallons per capita last year, while carbonated soft drinks fell to 38.5 gallons. Americans now drink more bottled water than soda.

Bottled-water consumption in the U.S. hit 39.3 gallons per capita last year, while carbonated soft drinks fell to 38.5 gallons, marking the first time that soda was knocked off the top spot, according to data from industry tracker Beverage Marketing Corp. But … [more…]

The “Biography” of a Bold Idea

The “biography” of a bold idea

Agricultural water productivity for sustainable development Adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has added new impetus to the far-reaching concept of agricultural water productivity. This is the idea that raising farm outputs or their value relative to the amount of water used in agriculture, by far the world’s biggest water consumer, is critical to address water scarcity.

SDG 6 (“ensure availability and sustainable management of water and … [more…]

10,000 Plastic Bottles and a Mermaid

photo:  mermaid, resting amid a colorful swirl of plastic bottles

“But deep in the back of my mind, one nagging thought remained. How much difference could a series like this possibly make?”
—Von Wong, photographer

In his latest project, Von Wong collects 10,000 plastic bottles to raise awareness for plastic pollution. This is story of how it happened. #mermaidshateplastic

Care to commit? Von Wong hosts a Change.org “Pledge to Re-Use” that you can sign and share.

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Researchers Suggest Quality Guidelines for Recycled Water

Researchers Suggest Quality Guidelines for Recycled Water

A University of British Columbia research team has investigated the potential reuse of municipal wastewater in urban applications, provided that people don’t drink or cook with it.

Engineering researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus have developed guidelines for the microbial quality of recycled water for non-potable uses including laundry, landscape irrigation, agriculture, vehicle washing and firefighting. Greywater from laundry, dishwashing and showers, and black water from toilets can be recycled and … [more…]