Weird Water News – January 23

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

  • Bill Gates drinks water produced from human waste! The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has funded the “Omniprocessor”, a steam-powered sewage processor that burns solid waste and creates both potable water and electricity. Bill Gates has tasted the water recently.
  • Everyone wants to purify waste water – researchers in Finland are developing a water purification technique that is seven times more energy efficient than current methodology – freezing it!
  • Bouncing water? Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a metal that is so hydrophobic that water bounces off of it!
  • A playground of ice? Workers are building an ice playground in Alaska in preparation for the annual world ice sculpture championships.
  • Beautiful but dangerous – the water off the shore of Hong Kong is glimmering with a beautiful blue fluorescent glow, however the glow is produced by potentially toxic algae.

Weird Water News – January 16

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

  • Couldn’t agree more, Humphrey! Humphrey, an 8-week-old British bulldog puppy, hates bottled water and expresses his hate by barking.
  • Move over, Calvin and Hobbes! These brothers built a 12-foot-tall and 37-foot-long sea turtle snow sculpture in their parents’ front yard.
  • Not to be out done by the Bartz’ brothers snow sea turtle – the Ragel-Moreland family created a 45-foot icicle in their front yard.
  • Speaking of snow and ice – an ice storm in Hawaii has kept the Mauna Kea summit inaccessible for more than a week!

Happy New Year! 5 Ways to Drink More Water in 2015

Keep Calm and Drink More Water 510x594 e1391112833421 Happy New Year! 5 Ways to Drink More Water in 2015Drinking more water will help you maintain a variety of New Year’s resolutions, including losing weight, getting organized, staying fit and healthy, and even falling in love! So why not make “Drink More Water” your New Year’s resolution this year? Here are 5 easy ways to make sure you keep your resolution:

  • Switch to reusable! If water is more readily available, like in a reusable water bottle, you are more apt to choose water over sugary drinks. Also it acts as a visual reminder to drink water!
  • Add flavor or bubbles! Does water taste boring? Add a slice of lemon or cucumber to spice up your water. Feeling adventurous? Try adding lemongrass or other herbs for a tasty flavor. Still need something more? Try sparkling water! Or add some flavor to sparkling to create a healthy soda drink without the sugar!
  • Track your intake! Try one of the many apps – WaterLogged is our favorite – to track your daily water intake. The app will send you reminders to drink water throughout the day! Make sure you aim to get the recommended daily amount – 3 liters for men and 2.2 liters for women.
  • Make it part of your morning! Before reaching for your morning coffee, drink a glass of cold water. You might actually end up drinking less coffee and feeling more awake in the morning! Added benefit? It will help jumpstart your metabolism and help you lose weight.
  • Eat it! Just because most fruit is out of season, doesn’t mean you can’t eat your water! Make some soup or other brothy meals to increase your water intake and stay warm. Or sip on some warm cider or hot tea to stay warm.

Say hello to 2015 with a tall glass of filtered water!

Weird Water News – December 23

Happy Holidays! As our present to you, below are this week’s top 5 Weird Water News stories. Check back after the holidays for the latest stories!

  • Using the ocean to remove the salt? The Odyssey project, headed by 8 undergraduate students at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, aims to build a floating device that will use the energy from waves to desalinate sea water.
  • Even Yellowstone’s thermal pools decorate for the holidays! Yellowstone’s thermal pools often have yellow, blue, green, or even red coloring, but unfortunately they aren’t for the holidays. Scientists believe the colorings are related to human pollution.
  • Need a last minute gift idea? Connetech’s new reusable water bottle holds 12 ounces of water, charges mobile devices, and plays music via Bluetooth!

An Ocean of Plastic

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Photo Courtesy of Jacob Gonzalez Solis

How about a swim in the beautiful plastic sea? In what is being described as “the most scientifically rigorous estimate to date,” scientists have more accurately estimated how much plastic is floating in the Earth’s oceans. After gathering data from 24 ship expeditions from around the globe, including the five subtropical gyres, coastal Australia, the Bay of Bengal, and the Mediterranean Sea, researchers estimate that there are 5.25 trillion particles of plastic litter in the oceans – or 269,000 tons of plastic!

“Scientists have now estimated that if you look under a microscope, there’s 4 to 6 times the plastic than there is plankton, marine life,” said Dr. Craig Gilman, Coastal Carolina University’s Associate Professor of Marine Science.

Researchers gathered data on microplastics, which comprise 92% of the ocean’s plastic pollution, gathered using nets as well as large plastic debris from visual surveys. Larger plastics are more abundant near the coastlines while more degraded microplastics were found in the five subtropical gyres. But researchers also found tiny plastic particles, down to the size of a grain of sand in the remove polar regions!

“Our findings show that the garbage patches in the middle of the five subtropical gyres are not the final resting places for the world’s floating plastic trash,” said Marcus Eriksen, research director for the 5 Gyres Institute, who led the study. “The endgame for micro-plastic is interactions with entire ocean ecosystems.”

Help eliminate the plastic from the oceans by eliminating the plastic from your workplace. Switch to a Quench bottleless water cooler! Replacing one traditional office water cooler with a Quench bottleless water cooler prevents as many as 2,100 5-gallon plastic jugs from entering landfills each year!

Weird Water News – December 12

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

  • Walking on water?! Two hikers in the High Tatras Mountains in Slovakia walked across a frozen lake with ice so crystal clear that it looked like they were walking on water!

A Single Exposure to BPA Can Affect Your Health

BottledWaterBan 150x141 A Single Exposure to BPA Can Affect Your HealthNew research from the Seoul National University’s department of preventive medicine in Korea has found that even single exposure to BPA can have a direct and immediate impact on cardiovascular health. The study found that when people drank soy milk from a can with BPA linings, the levels of BPA in their urine as well as their blood pressure rose within two hours. However, when the same individuals drank soy milk from glass bottles, which do not use BPA linings, there was no significant change in their BPA levels or blood pressure.

The study, published in Hypertension, a journal of the American Heart Association, was a random controlled trial. Researchers recruited 60 older subjects, majority of them women, to drink soy milk from cans or glass bottles on three separate occasions, weeks apart. Most of the subjects had no history of high blood pressure, though some did.

Soy milk does not have any properties that are known to increase blood pressure and is considered fairly neutral making it less likely to leach BPA from containers, like soda, fruit juice or other acidic beverages.

The study found that when the subjects drank from glass bottles their urinary BPA levels remained fairly low, but when they drank from BPA-lined cans, their urinary BPA levels were about 16 times higher. As their urinary BPA levels rose, so did their systolic blood pressure readings – on average by about 5 millimeters of mercury. In general, every 20 millimeter increase in systolic blood pressure doubles the risk of cardiovascular disease.

While a single instance of increased blood pressure may not be harmful, the findings suggest that multiple exposures on a consistent basis may contribute to hypertension over time. “I think this is a very interesting and important study that adds to the concern of bisphenol A,” said Dr. Karin Michels, an expert on BPA who was not involved in the new research. “It raises a lot of questions. We have such a high rate of hypertension in this country, which has risen, and we haven’t really thought of bisphenol A and its use in cans as one of the causes of that.”

Previous research has found that BPA is an endocrine disrupter that can mimic estrogen, leading the Food and Drug Administration to ban BPA in baby bottles and children’s drinking cups. Canadian regulators formally declared BPA a toxic substance in 2010 and banned it from all children’s products.

Ban BPA from your office by switching to bottleless water coolers! Bottleless water coolers are like miniature water purification plants in your office: the good stuff (like minerals) stay in while the bad stuff (like chlorine, lead, phosphates, and bacteria) comes out, providing your office with the cleanest, best-tasting water delivered to your glass!

Weird Water News – December 5

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

  • Forget a partridge in a pear tree! Stolichnaya Vodka has created the pristine water series vodka just in time for the holiday season. The Andean edition costs $3,000 a bottle!
  • Turn seawater into drinking water by adding sunlight? Desolenator, an award-winning British-based company, has developed a machine that turns seawater and other dirty waters into pure, distilled water just by adding sunlight.
  • Lobster eligible to collect Social Security! Biologist Forrest Galante caught a 12 pound, 70-year old lobster off the coast of Santa Barbara, CA!

Good Music – No Plastic

PlasticPollutionCoalition Good Music   No PlasticPlastic Pollution Coalition is on a mission. Headed by environmental activist and artist Dianna Cohen, Plastic Pollution Coalition has launched Plastic Free Touring in an effort to clean up the carbon footprint of live music events.

Plastic Pollution Coalition has worked with Jackson Browne, Ben Harper, and Crosby, Stills and Nash as well as Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival to provide concert-goers with reusable, stainless-steel containers to use instead of disposable cups. As Cohen recounts, after 7,500 reusable cups sold out, “people started stealing them from each other. They were very coveted.”

Cohen’s focus on plastic began almost 25 years ago when she started to create three-dimensional works of art and she learned that “all the plastic we’ve ever made is pretty much still around, either as micro-plastic of incinerated in particulate pollution.” After trying to work to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Cohen decided to focus her efforts on eliminating the need for single-use plastic in the first place.

Even musical artists and festivals unaffiliated with the Plastic Pollution Coalition, including Phish, have started to work to reduce plastic at concerts. Over the next couple years, Cohen hopes to see all the major music festivals hand concert-goers a reusable container as they enter the concert though her longer term goal is to “break people from their addiction to bottled water.”

Most offices aren’t live music events. However, you can join the movement by eliminating plastic from your water cooler! Switch to a bottleless water cooler and enjoy a virtually endless supply of clean, great-tasting water delivered straight to your glass. It’s the greener solution that saves you green!

Weird Water News – November 26

Happy Thanksgiving! One of the things we are thankful for is Weird Water News! To celebrate Thanksgiving, we have put together a list of the week’s top 5 Weird Water News stories. Enjoy!

  • Move over Nessy; there is a new sea monster in town! Scientists were able to catch the black seadevil on film and it is truly terrifying.
  • Don’t drink the water! Toyota’s Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car produces heat and water as byproducts instead of carbon dioxide, but Toyota does not recommend drinking the water as it is not sterilized.