The Goldman Environmental Prize is awarded to a small handful of people from around the world in recognition of their grassroots environmental activism. ¬†
Selected by an international jury, this year‚Äôs seven winners came from places as diverse as Vietnam, Colombia, South Africa‚Ä¶and Flint, Michigan. ¬†
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. ¬†State authorities didn‚Äôt want to listen and LeeAnne worked tirelessly with the EPA and Marc Edwards, …
Back in 2016, French multinational corporation Saint-Gobain ‚Äėfessed 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. ¬†
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. ¬†
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 ‚Äúa monumental agreement‚ÄĚ¬†to ensure …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On February 27, 2018 7:00 am
“Housework? ¬†It can‚Äôt kill you, but why take the risk?”¬†goes the fridge magnet/meme/Birthday card for your sister. ¬†
But within that little lol, is a grain of truth. ¬†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. ¬†If you use cleaning sprays regularly, then the impact can be the equivalent of smoking a full pack of cigarettes every day. ¬†
The Dangers of Chemical Cleaners
The research is pretty thorough, with scientists following 6000 test subjects over a 20-year period. ¬†The findings observe that the chemicals inhaled from …
Water is big news. ¬†Of course it is, it‚Äôs a massive part of our lives. ¬†We depend on it for life itself and yet we‚Äôre all guilty of wasting it from time to time. ¬†So how did we become so complacent …
The cancer-causing contaminant Chromium-6, brought to the public gaze by Erin Brockovich, is at levels exceeding public health goals in 50 states.
Millions of people are trying to find a workable solution to protect themselves and their families and to avoid drinking contaminated water. ¬†
What Reverse Osmosis Water Does to the Pipeline
A reverse osmosis water system is sometimes touted as a possible solution on both a domestic and municipal level. ¬†After all, it removes contaminants and that‚Äôs the goal, right?
Unfortunately, reverse osmosis is not a solution on either front. ¬†On a city-wide basis, aside from the prohibitive cost of building the plant, the stripped-back water ‚Äď though admittedly free of contaminants …
Now, it‚Äôs easy to think about the bottled water industry being right at the other end of any “Earth-friendly” scale, but some recent news is heartening and perhaps surprising. ¬†
On January 17, at the 2018 Keep America Beautiful National Conference, the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) announced that it would be sponsoring the Keep America Beautiful initiative.¬†
‚ÄúWe stand committed to helping Americans better understand recycling and its potential for economic, environmental and community benefits by working with all stakeholders‚ÄĒmanufacturers; the waste management industry; government entities; other nonprofit
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 company¬†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 …
Awards season has kicked off with the Golden Globes, and as we ooh and aah at the dresses, the winners and their speeches, it‚Äôs also a timely reminder that it‚Äôs not just movie stars who get internationally acclaimed awards!
And the Winner Is‚Ä¶
Tyent has won the coveted Ionizer of the Year Award an unprecedented eight times since 2009. ¬†This distinguished industry award is a benchmark of world-class engineering and production, and recognizes that Tyent Water Ionizers are officially the best!
But even making the best water ionizer in the world isn‚Äôt enough for us; we need to make sure that our customers are the most …
Before Christmas, one of my young nephews was desperate (in the way that only a 7 year old boy at Christmas can be) for a particular toy. ¬†
A large number of painstakingly written letters and notes to Father Christmas that politely requested this small, brightly colored object were posted and stuffed up the chimney. ¬†On Christmas morning, amid shouts and whoops of happiness, came the most ecstatic one, as my nephew finally opened the toy of his dreams.
Well, That Didn‚Äôt Last Long‚Ä¶
There followed around 30 minutes of frenzied, joyful play before one part of the precious toy became detached from the other, in a way that wasn‚Äôt …
Our thoughts are with all of those affected by Hurricane Harvey, and it‚Äôs wonderful to see the heroic relief efforts of individuals and the large-scale aid that has been arriving since the Tropical storm hit. ¬†
There was also a big-hearted offer from Blackwater Draw Brewing Company, promising that affected residents could collect as much water as they needed. ¬†But this isn‚Äôt regular water ‚Äď it‚Äôs reverse osmosis water, used in the …