The Goldman Environmental Prize is awarded to a small handful of people from around the world in recognition of their grassroots environmental activism. Â
Selected by an international jury, this yearâs seven winners came from places as diverse as Vietnam, Colombia, South AfricaâŠand Flint, Michigan. Â
A Short History of Environmental Heroism
Just after Flint officials notoriously switched the city water source in April 2014 to save money, LeeAnne Walters started to become concerned that the water she and her four children were drinking was harmful.
She was, of course, right, but proving it was a struggle. Â State authorities didnât want to listen and LeeAnne worked tirelessly with the EPA and Marc Edwards, …
Letâs not beat around the bush. Â If we ignore for a moment all the important benefits of hydrogen alkaline water and look purely at the issue of filtration, itâs no secret that there are cheaper ways to filter your water than with a water ionizer. Â
At some point, many people consider buying a jug filter. Â Pitchers are cheap and easy to use, but how do they really compare? Â
Putting You in The Pitcher
Even the most high-end and technically advanced filter pitchers have only a tiny proportion of the capabilities of a water ionizer. Â They remove some impurities from your water and make it taste better, but quite …
Back in 2016, French multinational corporation Saint-Gobain âfessed up to releasing carcinogenic chemicals from its premises in Merrimack, New Hampshire, causing private wells in the area to become contaminated though the local groundwater. Â
Bottled Water Hand-Out
Following the spill, bottled water was provided to residents with a private well within a one-mile radius of the plant, which meant supplying around 400 properties with bottled water. Â
The state gave Saint-Gobain strict deadlines to fix the problem, requiring the 350-year old corporation to conceive, design and install a water treatment solution to clean up the contamination.
A Satisfactory Solution?
Flash forward to March 2018, and state officials have reached âa monumental agreementâÂ to ensure …
We all know that we need to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables to stay healthy. Â Although most types of frozen, canned and dried produce count towards your daily total, nothing beats the taste of fresh, seasonal fruit and veggies.
Whatâs On Our Veggies? Â
But have you wondered about how those lovely tomatoes, salad leaves and bell peppers are produced? Â If you buy organic or grow your own, then you can skip this. However, if â like so many of us â you tend to grab whatâs on offer or looks great in the store display or farmerâs market, then read on. Â
Did you know that much of the deliciously tempting produce on offer …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On February 27, 2018 7:00 am
“Housework? Â It canât kill you, but why take the risk?”Â goes the fridge magnet/meme/Birthday card for your sister. Â
But within that little lol, is a grain of truth. Â Research just published in the American Thoracic Society’s Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine has found that using chemical-laden cleaning products every day has a detrimental effect on lung health. Â If you use cleaning sprays regularly, then the impact can be the equivalent of smoking a full pack of cigarettes every day. Â
The Dangers of Chemical Cleaners
The research is pretty thorough, with scientists following 6000 test subjects over a 20-year period. Â The findings observe that the chemicals inhaled from …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On January 18, 2018 12:00 pm
The latest trend that seems to be gathering attention in 2018 is the craze for drinking so-called “raw water.”
When a small, Oregon-based start-up companyÂ started selling “pristine mountain spring water” to people in the San Francisco area, they tapped into the fashionable notion that the more “natural” something is, then the better for you it will be.
What is “Raw Water”?
Raw water is, quite simply, water that springs from the earth; or in this particular case, from “an ancient aquifer.” It is completely untreated and unfiltered.
One of several companies selling raw water around the country says that filtering and treating water to remove contaminants “disrupts healthy bacterias” that would …
A water ionizer is usually a bigger investment than a standard, faucet-mounted water filter, so how do they compare?
Whatâs In the Water? With a point-of-use water filter, you need to start with your source water and whatâs in it.Â No water filter of this kind is going to remove all organic, chemical and toxic contaminants.Â You need to know that the type of filter you opt for will take out the worst of what’s in your water.
A Tyent Water Ionizer filter has the same micron level and filtration capabilities as a kidney dialysis machine, removing over 200 contaminants including 99% of lead, and up to …
Great â youâve decided to jump in and make the best possible decision for your health and family.Â Youâre going to buy a water ionizer!Â So, where to start?Â As ever, weâre here to help.
What to Consider Before You BuyÂ
Hydrogen. You need to find a water ionizer that naturally adds precious hydrogen to the ionized water.Â Some donât and it really matters.Â Tyent Water is brimming with natural hydrogen, minerals and antioxidants in every single glass.
Filters. We all know that Americaâs water network is in a pretty desperate state, or heading that way.Â With an estimated repair bill of around $1 trillion, donât hold your breath for
Big question.Â The answer?Â Well it depends on your ionizer, your source water and how the two work together.
Source Water Worries
Letâs look at source water first.Â Is your water contaminated by herbicides, pesticides, chemicals or even worse â lead?Â The harsh truth is if you buy a water ionizer that doesn’t filter your source water properly, it can be dangerous.Â The reason?Â Well, some machines will process the water and produce alkaline water with a higher concentration of contaminants than the original source water.
Not good news at all.
Whatâs in the Water?
Thereâs also the “unknown” to factor in.Â Pharmaceutical companies are producing ever-more complex medicinal compounds.Â As …