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All About Water Filters

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Drinking water is an essential part of our daily lives as human beings, but the type of water you consume is up to you. You either can go for some bottled water, tap water, well water or filtered water. When you think of bottled water, you assume that it has gone through some sort of filtration process to make it safer for consumption, but in reality that isn’t always the case. Not all bottled water companies put their water through an intensive filtration process like you’d assume. About a quarter of the time water bottle companies actually are just bottling up tap water and then they sell it to their consumers (NRDC). To top it all off, a lot of well known bottled water companies are actually taking the water they use for consumption from the most drought ridden places (Mother Jones). Ethically and environmentally consistently buying bottled water isn’t the best way to go, but if ever do find yourself needing a plastic water bottle, be sure to recycle it. Water bottles like that are 100% recyclable, but only 27% are actually recycled! Filling up our landfills and oceans with more and more junk (Green America).

Many don’t realize, but tap water has to be treated too. Public water is treated with chlorine and fluoride, which is something not everyone agrees on (CNN), but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has to maintain a certain quality of water that comes out of your tap so it is safe for consumption. In major cities tap water has to be disinfected, filtered and tested for certain things while bottled water is not and doesn’t have to be. To put it into a better perspective, once a week bottled water companies have to test for coliform bacteria, while a city tap is required to be tested 100 times a month. Sometimes even more than that (NRDC)! If you only have access to well water, then be sure to have a company come out and make sure the quality of your water is safe to drink.

Your best bet always is going to be setting up a water filtration system in your home. This doesn’t have to be as costly as it sounds, and we’re here to help you pick the best one for your hydration needs.

1. Gravity Based Purifier

These types of systems do not need to run off of electricity, instead they work off of gravity. They sound super complicated and futuristic, but they only contain two chambers that give different pressures to the water that in turn filters out contaminants (USA Today). They are extremely low maintenance, very affordable and don’t make your electricity bill sky rocket, which are all ideal for any homeowner. Usually with gravity purifiers they tend to use activated carbon filters and a ultrafiltration membrane to take out the harmful components in the water. It is the most advanced process to take out harsh bacteria without using any sort of potent chemicals in return for the filtration. Unfortunately it does not filter out metals and salts from the water, nor is it ideal for someone living in an area with water that has high levels of TDS (Best UF Water Purifier).

2. Reverse Osmosis Water Purifier

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A reverse osmosis filtration system is ideal for people trying to improve the taste, remove impurities, save money and not have to worry about maintenance. This system is something that is installed to the kitchen tap, and it can also be connected to your fridge! There are even more extreme versions of RO systems that are tied to the main water line in your home so that the water will reach all areas of the house (ESP Water Products). This type of filter is nice for people who are worried about the amount of heavy metals and salt that is in their drinking water since this process is good for removing things like mercury, arsenic, fluoride and plenty more. The main con with RO systems is that you do lose water during the filtration process (USA Today).

3. Universal Water Purifier

Universal water purifiers are also known as multi-stage water purification systems. This option is going to be a bit pricier, but if you’re someone who wants your water to taste pristine and be able to reach the highest of quality standards, this is the type of system for you. These systems are actually able to go through multiple types of filtering processes, which means you can remove an immense amount of contaminants in your water at one time (USA Today).

4. Ultrafiltration Water Purifier

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If the reverse osmosis filter sounded like you’re cup of tea, but you want a little bit more out of your filtration system, the UF purifiers might be just right for you. This has the same features that a reverse osmosis filter does, but it contains a larger mechanism that gets rid of more bacteria than the RO filter does. The RO filters also get out the salt and heavy metal content, but the UF systems do not have this feature since it is more focused on getting rid of germs (USA Today).

5. UV Water Purifier

UV water purifiers radiate out viruses and bacteria that are harmful to your body using just UV technology. Some systems use chemicals to get rid of unwanted organisms, but since this one does not it doesn’t give your water an unflattering taste. It is one of the most green friendly water filtration options for you. Sadly though, certain chemicals like arsenic, nitrates and fluoride will not be something that this process gets rid of (USA Today).

6. Distillation Filters

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If you want the most environmentally safe and natural way to go about filtering your water, distilling may be right up your alley. The process of distilling your drinking water starts by taking different components of your water and separating it with evaporation, then condensation. It removes heavy metals and contaminants during this cycle. A downfall to this process is that it does make the water taste flat to some people since it lacks oxygen and removes the minerals from your water. Purifying systems usually add in the minerals at the end of the process, which you can do yourself if you prefer the taste, but still want the benefits of distilled water (Water Filter Magazine).

7. Cheapest Alternatives

If these more hi-tech systems aren’t in your budget or if you’d rather have something simpler, you can always go for a faucet attachment water filter, have one for you to keep in your refrigerator or grab a reusable water bottle that has an add-on filter. These are extremely cheap options that range from about $10-$40, and they that still do get the job done!

Whether you gravitate towards an intense or minimal filtration system, just remember that you should always be confident on the quality of your water. There is that perfect option for you out there just waiting for you, so don’t wait any longer. Water is a paramount part of your daily life that is not to be taken lightly. Keep on healthy hydratin’!

Living More Sustainably

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Living a sustainable lifestyle is something that ethical humans dream, if not strive, to achieve at some point in their lives. Even though it is definitely a struggle to live as self-sufficient person in this day and age, just by incorporating more “green” decisions here and there will make an enormous difference. When going towards a more sustainable lifestyle, know that you will not only be saving money and boosting your self satisfaction, but you will also be helping out with the downsize of landfills, reduction of your carbon footprint, promoting energy efficiency (HuffPost) and even more unarguably rewarding things that also give back to the planet. We are here to help bring awareness to some steps for you to consider bringing into to your daily life to help out your girl, Mother Nature.

1. Cut Down on Electricity

Electricity is something that a lot of us probably don’t focus on too often. We leave a light on here and there, fall asleep with the television on, keep our cell unnecessarily charging all night, but realistically things like this can cause a giant negative impact since a majority of people are living this way. If you are prone to accidentally leaving the lights on, look into purchasing LED or CFL bulbs instead of incandescent lights. LED and CFL bulbs last much longer and are more energy efficient. Even just opening up your blinds more often during the day and using natural light instead of the artificial nonsense is an significant change. Laundry is something else around the house that you can start modifying that will be largely beneficial. If you’re not in a rush to wear something, forget about throwing the garment in the dryer, hang it up to dry! No astronomical sacrifices here, just have to stay a tad bit more patient when it comes to your clothes drying. When the chilly nights start, be sure to bulk up on clothes instead of running your heat at an excessive temperature. Nothing two pairs of fuzzy socks and a comfy hoodie can’t fix!

2. Changing Food Habits

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Food is something that most people seem to have the hardest time altering due to comfortable habits. Having to constantly be super conscience of what you’re consuming regularly is a hefty hurdle, but it’s well worth it. Going vegan isn’t for everybody, but it is something that has a really monumental impact on our environment and ourselves. A lot of people don’t realize that what they’re putting into their bodies is harming not only the animals, but the planet as well on a monstrous scale. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations did an assessment and concluded that the livestock industry is contributing more to greenhouse gases than transportation is (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). Even if you don’t follow a strict vegan diet, incorporating some form of a Mediterranean, pescetarian, vegetarian or vegan diet is useful for reducing greenhouse gas emissions immensely. A study done by Nature, the international journal of science, had found that if across the globe we all followed an equal combination of these types of diets, an 80% increase of greenhouse gas emissions from the food industry can be steered clear of (Nature). If you start maintaining your own garden, that could be a huge lifesaver as well. When you have your own garden you can start canning your own in-season fruits and veggies, be more motivated and inspired to home cook meals and even compost. Composting is material that can be used in your soil that will ultimately help your plants thrive. 30% of what we throw out in our trash to be sent to the dump is food scraps and waste from our yards, which could be used to benefit the earth all this time (EPA). No need to waste perfectly good nutrient and soil enhancers! If composting is something you’re interested in, check out this useful and easy to follow beginners guide.

3. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Repurposing within your home, or even prepping it to be repurposed once it leaves your home, is an essential part of becoming self sustainable. A huge thing that consumers use an abundance of is plastic bags. No matter what type of shopping trip you’re planning on taking, it’s more than likely you’re going to be using a plastic bag provided by the company at checkout. Next time you’re about to go shopping, don’t forget to grab a handy reusable tote bag. Good news too, most stores are starting to provide purchasable reusable bags if you forget yours at home. If you use lots of plastic bags in your daily life for things other than shopping, look for other alternatives for other types of bags as well. They have an eco friendly bag for just about anything, even pet waste bags that are biodegradable! Another thing that a lot of homeowners tend to have in their house is takeout containers. Plenty of takeout containers now are made of plastic and are pretty sturdy compared to some old school to-go boxes. They are usually dishwasher safe, and something you’ll be able to use for meal prepping, storage containers and even DIY projects! Recycling is something that you should try out even if you don’t have a recycling bin in close proximity to your home. Just because there might not be something super close by, the trip to a nearby recycling bin is worth the trip. Recycling helps reduce the pollution put into the air caused by waste, and we want to keep our air as clean as possible for us and future generations to come, am I right?! The fun thing about recycling is that you may never know where your recycled material is going to end up, but you do know that it is being put towards something brand new. It could be backpacks, phone cases, beanies, bikes, toys, soaps, clothing, equipment, picnic tables, toothbrushes, kitty litter, birdhouses, shoes, etc. The list goes on and on and these things can be made from YOUR recycled material. You just have to simply make the effort to contribute!

There you have it, now you’re ready to start your journey to becoming more environmentally friendly. These steps seem to be a lot to handle when viewed on a large scale, but remember that breaking it down into small daily changes can make a massive difference over time. Be prepared to become physically and mentally healthier, more self-reliant and overall much more satisfied with life, all while sending earth in a more positive direction.

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