Why it could be more important to have clean water at work and at school

Home cleanliness and safety are priorities for most families and working professionals. We make sure that our home and water are clean. Some even install under sink water filtration systems in the kitchen so that the water will be free from most contaminants. This way, the whole family will be safe and they’re sure that the water is safe for drinking and other household use.

However, many forget that there are also risks in school and workplace. The risks could be even far greater because we actually spend most of our waking hours there. We are spending at least 8 hours almost every day in school or workplace. At our homes, many of us spend most of the time sleeping.

That’s why schools, offices, and other commercial areas now are also installing under sink water filters. This is to ensure that the water is safe and clean for students and employees. This is important because many of us spend most of our time at work or at school.

We are also more active during study and work time

At home, we could be active once in a while or every now and then. But for students and employees, they are more active at school or office. It’s likely they are spending most of their physical and mental energy on studying or working.

That means our physiological processes will be more active during those times. Our brains and bodies will run faster. We will need a consistent supply of energy and our bodies will be producing a lot of waste. All those biochemical processes will require a balance of fluid in our bodies.

This results to having the need to stay hydrated at those busy times. It’s different from drinking coffee or sweet beverages. They will actually be a burden to our system because our bodies need to continuously process them to get them out of our bloodstream. But if we stay hydrated by regularly drinking water, our bodies will function normally and our energies will be directed more towards our work or study.

How to have a steady supply of clean water at work or at school

This is a challenge because we often forget to drink water. One reason is it’s a hurdle to get a glass or bottle of water. The place may be lacking drinking fountains and other sources of potable water.

To address these issues, we can start by regularly bringing a stainless water bottle with us as we go to work or school. Managers can also install under sink water filters and drinking fountains near the work stations so employees can stay hydrated all day long.

Both the students and working professionals will benefit from the setup. They can have a steady supply of clean water. Each day, they can stay productive and focused because their bodies are functioning properly. In the long term, their health will also improve because they will rely less on sweet beverages and other unhealthy drinks. They will drink more water and stay healthy as a result.

How to Automatically Choose Water Over Sugary Drinks

There’s so much talk about the effects of sugary drinks (and high-sugar foods) to the human body. Many researchers and scientists have also published their findings about how a high-sugar diet can make us more susceptible to various diseases. The evidence and data are already piling.

But no matter how obvious is it that regularly drinking sugary drinks is not good for our body, we still see all around us reaching for that can of soda. Why is that the case?

Sugary drinks are a default choice for many

One reason is that soft drinks are widely available. Whenever people get thirsty and they go inside a convenience store, the first thing they see is that can or bottle of soda. In addition, some workplaces and many public areas don’t have enough drinking fountains around. When we get thirsty, we will reach out for the easiest solution and often it’s buying a can of soda at the store.

Relying on our own willpower is not enough. What really works is we make it “automatic” so we won’t ever think about it. This way, it becomes a part of our habit and we maintain our good health in the process. But how do we accomplish that?

Ways on how to make drinking more water habitual

One easy way is to tie it in with an existing habit (the cue). It’s the same with encouraging kids to “brush their teeth after eating.” If you tie in the new habit with an old one, it becomes easier to adopt.

Here’s a scenario. Before you go to work or school, you can fill out a stainless water bottle and bring it with you right after brushing your teeth. If you are regularly jogging, you can set the drinking fountain to be your last destination before you get back home.

In public places and during outdoor events, officials and coordinators can put up drinking fountains and water refill stations around. This is important especially if the community or event promote healthy practices. This way, the whole place or event will be aligned with the agenda.

Here’s another scenario. Before you get into your car for a long travel, have a stainless water bottle with you. Make sure it’s washed and filled with clean water. Add it to your checklist whenever you’re going for an extended trip.

A bigger picture for drinking more water

Staying hydrated with clean water will benefit you and your family. In addition, there are benefits that extend to the community and even to the society as a whole.

If you’re getting the water repeatedly from a drinking fountain or reusable water bottle, think of how you’re helping the environment. You won’t be contributing anymore to the plastic wastes in the landfill. Do that every day and it will make a difference in the long run.

Recycled plastic bricks create sturdy homes

by Lacy Cooke

Colombian company Conceptos Plásticos saw two pressing issues in the world and decided to tackle both with recycled building materials. One issue is the housing crisis, prevalent in Latin America where 80 percent of the population now resides in urban areas. The second is the overwhelming amount of plastic crowding landfills. To combat these issues, Conceptos Plásticos recycles plastic into LEGO-like building blocks that families can use to easily construct their own homes.

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Use water bubblers and ban the sale of single-use plastic water bottles

Why we need to BAN single-use plastic water bottles

By Suzanne Soto-Davies

We need to work together in order to make change happen. 

We need to BAN single-use water bottle sales in Burlington, Ontario. The research is plenty, the reasons are too. Work together with us and let’s make this happen!

Chances are that you have indoor plumbing in your home – so why are you purchasing and transporting bottled water from your supermarket?

Myth: Bottled water is healthier water.

Fact:

Just look at the labels of bottled water: Sources are from “deep, pristine pools of spring water” or “majestic alpine peaks”. In reality water is just water, and municipal water systems are well-regulated. While public safety groups correctly point out that many municipal water systems are aging and there remain hundreds of chemical contaminants, there’s very little evidence that suggests bottled water is any cleaner or better for you than its tap equivalent. Yet bottled water is extremely expensive, with one regular single-use litre bottle costing more than a litre of gasoline. The truth is, most bottled water is just filtered water.

Bottled water is regulated as a food product under the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and as such, water bottling plants are inspected on average only once every 3 years. Tap water regulation on the other hand, is far more stringent, with municipal tap water being continually tested – both during and after treatment. Check your bottled water labels carefully: The source of the spring or mineral water must be clearly identified, otherwise it may come from any source, including a well or municipal water supply, and may be treated to make it fit for human consumption.

A WWF study concluded that in 50% of the cases studied, the only difference between tap and bottled water was that the latter contained added minerals and salts, which “do not actually mean the water is healthier.”

The plastic often used to make water bottles contains a variety of health-harming chemicals that can easily leach out and contaminate the water, such as cancer-causing PFOA’s (perfluorooctanoic acid), PBDEs (flame retardant chemicals), which have been linked to reproductive problems and altered thyroid levels, phthalates, which are reproductive toxins, and BPA, which disrupts the endocrine system by mimicking the female hormone estrogen. If you leave your water bottle in a hot car, or reuse it, your exposure is magnified because heat and stress increase the amount of chemicals that leach out of the plastic.
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aquafil Water Bubblers and Refill Stations keep the public refreshed and hydrated and eliminate the need for single-use plastic water bottles. Everyone can make a difference and help the environment by using public water bubblers and refusing to buy or use plastic bottled water. Call us today on 1300 400 006 to find our more about modern day water bubblers.

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