Hollywood Movie Sets May Go Bottleless

lights Hollywood Movie Sets May Go Bottleless Although movie sets are known for generating tons of waste from scrap metal and set debris to food, production crews are changing their ways to go green.  A study recently released by the nonprofit organization Producers Guild of America (PGA) Green aims to spread awareness about how filmmakers can implement eco-friendly policies to cut costs. With the belief that the entertainment industry is going green, PGA Green works to recycle props and help set crews make the transition to bottleless water.

The PGA Green study found that replacing bottled water with coolers and reusable bottles can lower water budgets by over 50% while recycling props and set materials can cut waste disposal budgets by 40%. Additionally, the report calculates the average cost of bottled water for 60 days of shooting to be $11,175, which could fall to about $5,489 if productions instead used reusable bottles and filtered water coolers.

Currently, PGA Green gives each crew member an 18 oz. stainless steel water bottle that is 100 percent recyclable and BPA and toxin-free. PGA Green provides 5-gallon water jugs for the set, base camp, catering, craft service, hair and make-up trailer, and the production office, which eliminates almost 8,000 individual plastic water bottles. Our suggestion? Studios should switch to bottleless and eliminate over 200 plastic water jugs and save their budget for special effects!

Follow Hollywood’s lead by switching to a Quench bottleless water cooler and save up to 50% over the cost of water delivery!

Texas Drinking Water May Be Worst in the Nation

Water faucet shutterstock june 2011 230x300 Texas Drinking Water May Be Worst in the NationTexas has been struggling with regulatory compliance at drinking water plants and may have more trouble than any other state in the nation. Federal officials have claimed that more than 310 of the 7,000 public drinking systems, which make up about 4.5 percent of regulated public water systems in the state, are having quality issues that have not been adequately addressed.  The water law violations in Texas mostly arise from unhealthy levels of contaminants or failure to test the water properly and frequently enough.

The Environmental Protection Agency claims that this is the highest percentage in the nation and has issued a letter naming the plants that need attention. Most of these plants with severe problems are small public water systems, like those for mobile home parks. But some of the systems are larger and serve thousands of people. The water resources used by these systems have naturally occurring contaminants, like arsenic, that are enormously expensive and difficult for municipal plants to remove.

Texas officials are hesitant to believe the federal numbers accurately represent the state’s tap water quality.  Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) officials say the federal estimate is outdated and report that only about 4 percent of systems have issues that need more attention. The agency claims to have stepped up its enforcement in the past year by training more staff and pursuing more than 100 public water systems for clean water violations in recent months.

Whether your office is in Texas or elsewhere, make sure you have the cleanest, best-tasting water available by switching to a Quench Bottleless water cooler!

One More Reason to Switch to Bottleless – Added Ingredients in Bottled Water

BottledWaterBan 150x141 One More Reason to Switch to Bottleless   Added Ingredients in Bottled WaterCheck out the nutrition label on a bottle of water, most likely you will find more ingredients than good old H20. Bottled water companies are purifying water and then adding ingredients that impact the taste. According to Marion Nestle, professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at NYU, most people find distilled water to taste flat and prefer chemically enhanced sweet water.

Many popular plastic water bottle brands will add calcium, magnesium and a little salt to sweeten the taste of the water. For example, Dasani lists magnesium sulfate, potassium chloride, and salt alongside purified water on the label and Nestle Pure Life’s nutrition label includes calcium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, and magnesium sulfate.  Although these salts are generally naturally occurring chemicals, consumers should still take pause. The EPA recommends only drinking water that contains 20 mg of sodium or less and often the typical amount of sodium in bottled water averages to be about 17 mg per liter.

Nestle recommends that consumers stick to drinking tap water. “To the extent that tap water is clean and free of harmful contaminants,” says Nestle, “it beats everything in taste and cost.” Follow Marion Nestle’s advice and switch to a Quench Bottleless Water Cooler to have a miniature water purification plant in the office, so you have the cleanest, best-tasting water delivered to your glass!

Weird Water News – July 25

The Quench Weird Water News recaps the week’s top 5 weird water news stories. Come back each Friday for the latest stories!

  • Recycle for food? Recycling machines in Turkey dispense food and water for the thousands of stray dogs and cats in exchange for plastic bottles
  • Your fingers will thank you! Texas father of eight has created a device that allows you to fill up 37 water balloons in about 20 seconds.
  • Talk about enormous! Couple diving off the coast of Cornwall in England came across a giant rhizostoma pulmo, also known as a dustbin-lid jellyfish.

Drink Up Campaign Increases Water Consumption

DrinkUp MichelleObama 194x146 Drink Up Campaign Increases Water ConsumptionFirst Lady Michelle Obama and Partnership for a Healthier America have announced that seven additional organizations will be supporting their Drink Up effort, which encourages people across the country to drink more water. The companies Brita, First 5 Santa Clara County, Haws Corporation, Nalgene, S’well Bottle, Santa Clara Valley Water District, and The California Endowment will promote Drink Up messages on water filtration systems, re-usable water bottles, drinking fountains, and other products and programs. A new study has found that the Drink Up campaign has contributed to the 3 percent increase in water bottle sales and consumption. Drink up and stop using plastic water bottles with these five hydration tips!

  • Make your reusable water bottle special! Pick your favorite color, a unique design, or put an inspirational sticker on it. The more you bond with your bottle, the more likely you’ll be to use it throughout the day.
  • Sip through a straw! Gulping down water can seem daunting. Instead, get a package of straws and slowly sip it instead.
  • Set a glass of water at each place setting at the dinner table just like restaurants do. By sipping water between every few bites, you’ll slow you down and enjoy your meal more, while also meeting your water needs.
  • Dilute your juice! Fill ¼ of your glass with fruit juice, then top it off with water or seltzer to satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • Switch to a Quench Bottleless water cooler to have an endless supply of clean water in your office!

Meet Quench – Bobbi Stover

baker Meet Quench   Bobbi Stover Bobbi Stover became a member of the Quench family in April 2013. After starting working in the Customer Service Department, she now works with our scheduling team to schedule Quench machine installations, places orders for equipment, and coordinates customer and service technician interactions as part of the Inside Service Operations Department.

The people are by far Bobbi’s favorite feature about working at Quench. “I’ve made some best friends here! My whole team is full of amazing people. Everyone at Quench shows each other a lot of support.” Bobbi and her coworkers are so close that they even refer to themselves as her family!

Unlike Rob and Mary Ann, our first two “Meet Quench”ers, Bobbi is just now becoming a regular water drinker! Bobbi used to drink 10- 12 sodas a day, but now she has replaced them with 10-12 cups of Quench Water! Way to go Bobbi!

Bobbi moved to the Philadelphia area 11 years ago from her hometown of Pittsburgh. She grew up a huge Steelers fan and likes everything about living here, except the fact that she “constantly has to battle Eagles fans” about which is the better team. She has, however, adopted the Phillies as her favorite baseball team, so maybe it is just a matter of time before she is an Eagles fan!

When she’s not rooting for her favorite sports teams, Bobbi likes to spend time with her fiancé and 10 year old son. Somehow in her busy schedule she also finds times to take classes at the University of Phoenix. She only needs to conquer one more class before she earns her Associates degree in Business! Keep up the good work Bobbi!

Now, most people don’t know this about Bobbi, but she has a fantastic singing voice. She sings all the time when she’s not at work. Although she can be shy about singing in front of others, she has certainly “brought a few karaoke bars to their knees!” Though her parents’ wanted to move to Nashville so she could be discovered, Bobbi didn’t want to start a career at 13 so they stayed in Pittsburgh.

Bobbi has many things on her “bucket list” that she cannot wait to complete. At the top of her list are learning to play the guitar, becoming fluent in Spanish, and traveling to Australia and Ireland – though her fear of flying may deter her.

Disappointed we don’t have hover crafts like Back to the Future promised, Bobbi would like to time travel to see the world in all its stages – citing the Renaissance and ancient Greece as particular interests of hers.

Thanks Bobbi for being such an awesome part of the Quench family!

Behind the Plastic Bottle

BottledWaterBan 150x141 Behind the Plastic BottleIn the last thirty years, the plastic water bottle business has transformed from barely existent to a $60 billion dollar worldwide industry. The United States is the biggest consumer in the world’s bottled water market, spending almost $12 billion dollars annually, even though the country boasts impressively safe and constantly-monitored tap water. Bottled water has become completely unavoidable in our world today with people drinking billions of bottles a week, a high price for a product we can get for free from taps in our homes.

Although a bottle of water may seem relatively inexpensive, a reusable bottle could be refilled with tap water for over ten years for the same price. The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that over 90 percent of the cost paid by bottled water consumers goes to expenses other than the water itself, such as bottling, packaging, shipping, marketing, retailing, and profit. The water bottle industry aims sell consumers on the fact that the product is made out of completely recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic. However, the recycling rate for PET is only 23 percent, which means that 38 billion water bottles a year end up in landfills.

Most fail to recognize that the negative environmental impact of the industry extends beyond the plastic, as bottled water is constantly transported using ships, trains, and trucks. One of the most highly regarded bottled water brand, Fiji, requires enormous amounts of energy to reach customers. The plastic for the bottles is first shipped from China to Fiji and then driven for four hours to the state-of-the-art water plant facility. Because the local town cannot support the uninterrupted supply of electricity required by the factory, Fiji uses multiple generators that constantly run on diesel fuel. The Fiji cooperation is exporting a resource that the country desperately needs, as more than half of the people on the island do not have access to clean drinking water.

The convenience of bottled water is simply not worth the high cost and the environmental impact. Switch to a Quench bottleless water cooler in your office to lower your carbon footprint and save from 20-50% over previous water delivery expenses!

Exploring Plastic’s Influence on Water and Art

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Preview of Runyeon’s Piece

Artist Jane Runyeon will be creating a large scale installation art piece for this weekend’s Berks Sustainability Fest in Wyomissing, PA. Her installation piece, WATER BOTTLE RAIL, will highlight the dichotomy of the number of plastic water bottles used versus those that are recycled. Runyeon often draws inspiration from nature in her work and likes to incorporate reusable materials in her pieces to represent the intersection of art and real life issues. As Runyeon stated “the spontaneous aspect of installation art lends to more participation and dialogue from both artist and viewer.”

Runyeon plans to transform plastic bails filled with 200 plastic water bottles into a sculpture that echoes box cars on a train rail. Each water bottle will have a neon green label that says “fragile” as a reminder to viewers of the drastic impact that plastic has had on our fragile planet. In the United States, 1,500 water bottles are used each second and the majority of these are not recycled. The Ocean Conservancy estimates that every square mile of the Earth’s oceans has over 46,000 pieces of plastic from water bottles and other plastic containers.

Runyeon will be helped by Jani Wolf and Mark von Stein from her company, All Together Art. Runyeon started All Together Art in 1998 as a way for artists from various and unexpected disciplines to work together.

After this weekend’s Sustainability Fest, Runyeon will continue to explore the connection plastic has with our water sources by stimulating dripping plastic “water” from an old water tower. For more information about Jane Runyeon and her art, check out her website or follow her on Facebook.

The Berks Sustainability Festival will be held in Wyomissing, PA from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday, July 19. The festival will provide an exciting opportunity for people to learn about sustainability activities in Berks County while enjoying a day of good food, drink, art, and music. The festival aims to draw attention to ways people can minimize damage to our environment and maximize preservation and healthy growth of the community. For more information, check our Berk’s Sustainability Fest’s Facebook or Twitter pages.

Weird Water News – July 18

The Quench Weird Water News recaps the week’s top 5 weird water news stories. Come back each Friday for the latest stories!

  • Talk about hydropower! Researchers at MIT have discovered that the action of tiny water droplets spontaneously jumping away from certain surfaces can be harnessed to possibly power portable electronic devices.
  • A thank you from a sea turtle? A diver rescued a sea turtle from a mess of ropes around its left flipper – once freed the sea turtle circled back to the diver to give a thank you.

Meet Quench- Mary Ann Lockley

Lockley Edit Meet Quench  Mary Ann LockleyMary Ann Lockley became a Quench Water Expert of the Quench Family in 2009 in her hometown of sunny Atlanta, Georgia. One year ago she made the jump to King of Prussia, PA Headquarters because she “loved the company and the product so much” and has not looked back since! During her few years here she has earned  degrees in both Computer Electronics Engineering and Business Development, became a grandmother, and grown to manage a team of Business Development Representatives as an Account Executive!

She began her Quench career as a Business Development Representative by helping to set up appointments for Quench Water Experts. This experience taught her just how to motivate her team as they begin each day with a “huddle” to discuss how she can help everyone succeed.  The secret to her success in sales, she says, is to “truly believe in what you’re selling. I’ve always believed in Quench. It’s a wonderful product and a wonderful company!” Quench believes in you too Mary Ann! She does a great job of following her personal role model and fellow Quench family member Debbie Gallagher’s advice, which is to just “go for it” every day.

Coworkers of Mary Ann describe her as a fun person who always speaks her mind. She has been known to plan the office “Fun Theme Fridays” once a month, which have included a crazy hat day and a pajama day so far! The family atmosphere and the closeness of everyone are her favorite parts of working here at Quench. As a big water drinker, she loves seeing the company grow and new products develop as well. In terms of Quench Machines, the 760 and 940 are her first choices due to their sharp aesthetics.

In her free time, Mary Ann loves to listen to music, watch movies and see shows. She absolutely loves Georgia and the south, “I never had to shovel snow in my life!”  Even though she is from the land of country music, the only type of music she doesn’t like is country! When it comes to movies, horror is the only genre she tends to avoid. Comedies, action/adventures, foreign films, tear jerkers- she loves them all! Just recently, she saw the newest Planet of the Apes movie and highly recommends it- along with her all-time favorites, The Shawshank Redemption and A Few Good Men.

In the future Mary Ann hopes to travel and explore more. We are so happy to have her here- she adds warmth to the Quench family every day!