Hitch is a reusable water bottle and coffee cup in one

May 6, 2020 by  
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Coffee is a popular start to the day for millions of people. There’s nothing quite like the scent of coffee wafting through the air and that first sip to get you started on the right foot. But an estimated 3 billion paper cups end up in the landfills each year — cups that mostly can’t be recycled due to the mixed materials, including plastic . The solution, of course, is reusable coffee cups; however, many people have struggled to incorporate that addition into the host of other items that travel with them daily. So Remaker Labs, a San Diego-based company, has carefully designed a to-go cup that you won’t even notice you’re carrying. As co-founder Sky Gilbar explained, “The essence of the problem is that people already carry so much — water bottle, phone, chargers, laptops, and other essentials — that their hands and bags are full, so carrying a reusable cup all day on top of all that is just too inconvenient.” Related: This aluminum water bottle is a reusable alternative to single-use plastic Hitch, the first product launched on Kickstarter by Sky Gilbar and David Silverander, is a full-sized, fully insulated and leak-proof 12-ounce cup that fits inside a water bottle — similar to the one you likely already carry, making it easy to bring along your reusable cup without making the choice between that and a water bottle. While your cup “Hitch(es)” a ride inside your 18-ounce insulated stainless steel water bottle, it easily slides out for use. The lid for the water bottle doubles as a leak-proof lid for your cup. Plus, you can lock the cup on top of the water bottle for easy one-hand carries. The dual-cup design also fits into most standard cup holders. Hitch is carbon-neutral , and a portion of each Kickstarter pledge is used to plant a tree via One Tree Planted and remove 1kg of ocean-bound plastic via Plastic Bank. Join the zero-waste movement along with the other backers on the Hitch Kickstarter campaign, which is set to end May 28, 2020. + Remaker Labs Images via Remaker Labs

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This aluminum water bottle is a reusable alternative to single-use plastic

February 25, 2020 by  
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Pathwater, based out of northern California, began with a Christmas Eve run to a grocery store, where three friends lamented about the lack of truly sustainable water bottle options. So they rented a space, added two like-minded partners and got down to the business of providing water in something other than plastic . The result is a sleek, aluminum water bottle that keeps you hydrated, even when you are on the go. The team knew there were already alternatives to single-use plastic on the market, such as paper-based products. But even though paper is a more eco-friendly option to petroleum-based plastic, it is still resource-intensive and ends up in the landfill or littering beaches. Related: Coca-Cola to offer Dasani water in aluminum cans and bottles to reduce plastic waste The team brainstormed around the idea of widely popular, refillable metal water bottles. From there, they settled on a sturdy, aluminum bottle with a wide-mouth, twist-off lid that is easy to refill. The bottle is filled with locally sourced water purified through a seven-step reverse-osmosis process.  Pathwater is readily available in the northern California region and is continuing to grow in popularity. It can be found online through Amazon and in a growing number of stores and hotel snack centers — more than 4,000 to date. When you find a bottle of Pathwater, you will also discover it is fairly priced at $2.19 for a 25-ounce bottle that is both reusable and recyclable. It makes it easy to use sustainable options, even if you might be traveling and forgot to pack a reusable vessel. The future could see Pathwater bottles in vending machines and on store shelves instead of plastic bottles. In addition to taking the steps to create a viable alternative to single-use plastic, the team is dedicated to fighting plastic pollution by regularly volunteering for and partnering with beach clean-up organizations. The company has launched the PATHWATER Student Ambassador Program (PSA) to inspire and educate youth. The BAN Single-Use Plastic Bottles at Schools initiative also inspires the next generation to carry the torch in the fight against single-use plastic. + Pathwater Images via Dawn Hammon / Inhabitat

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Renewlogy turns low-grade plastic into usable fuels

June 7, 2019 by  
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Renewlogy is a three-way win: it’s a profitable business model, keeps plastic out of the landfills , and produces usable fuel. The creators of Renewlogy technology found inspiration out of disgust when they learned that less than 10 percent of plastic was being recycled through traditional recycling processes. Armed with an MIT education and pinpoint focus, the team designed a recycling system that can be built on-site, specific to the needs of the waste management company, with no pollution. With this method, Renewlogy’s systems can process up to 10 tons of plastic waste daily without the need for additional transportation costs and the fuel emissions that go along with it. Renewlogy systems offer a range of benefits over traditional recycling systems, primarily that they are able to accept all types of plastic, including the low-grade, single-use types that are otherwise not recyclable. Not only does this mean commercial processing of these low-grade materials, but the process even accepts contaminated and mixed streams of plastic that get thrown out in other systems. Related: How to celebrate World Environment Day Like standard recycling centers, the process begins with the collection and delivery of materials. Once onsite, the commingled plastic heads into the hopper where it is shredded into smaller pieces. Through a proprietary chemical process, the materials are then converted into high-value products used to make virgin plastic, diesel fuel and other petrochemical products. Gases offset throughout the process are captured and recycled so there are no toxic emissions . The first continuous-process commercial system in the United States was set up in Utah as a demonstration facility. From there, another large scale unit has been installed in Nova Scotia and several businesses are committed to integrating the system across the U.S. currently. Renewlogy has a waiting list where interested parties can sign up. As production of facilities ramps up, the company also has ocean clean-up goals on the horizon. Targeting limited-land use communities like islands and emerging urban developments that both struggle with limited space, the hope of the Renewlogy team is that they will be able to convert plastic into fuel onsite so that waste compilation is eliminated altogether. To support marine vessels collecting plastic from the ocean, Renewlogy offers a small-scale, portable system that can be used on-board the ship. In addition, they have developed ReFence, a system that diverts plastics out of rivers before it reaches the ocean . With an overarching goal of eliminating all plastic from landfills and ocean pollution , Renewlogy aims to set a long-term, sustainable example with continuing innovation in the field of plastic processing. + Renewlogy Images via Shutterstock

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Meet Hydaway: the water bottle that folds down to fit in your pocket

April 20, 2015 by  
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Reusable water bottles can take up a lot of space, but Hydaway folds down to just over an inch, so it can fit in a pocket, wallet, backpack, or just about anywhere. These food-grade silicone and BPA-free plastic collapsible bottles are dishwasher safe, and can be filled up with fresh water for drinking on the go. Hydaway’s creators have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund its production, and reached their funding goal in the first day! Production has already begun, and if they manage to raise $70,000 by midnight on Earth Day , April 22nd 2015, they will donate 1 percent of their total fundraising goal to One Percent for the Planet ! They’re at nearly $58,000 right now, so you can help them reach their goal, and in turn, help the entire planet. + Hydaway Bottles on Kickstarter + Hydaway Bottles The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BPA Free , BPA-free plastic bottle , collapsible bottle , foldable bottle , Hydaway , Hydaway bottle , hydaway bottles , kickstarter , reusable water bottle , silicone , water bottle

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Groundfridge lets you store perishables without traditional refrigeration

April 20, 2015 by  
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It’s easy to forget how much energy it takes to keep our food fresh. So imagine taking advantage of the earth’s natural underground insulation to store and keep your vegetables. Weltevree , a Scandinavian design company created by Floris Schoonderbeek, specializes in products made to encourage people to take advantage of natural and outdoor living.  Their Groundfridge is a modern take on the familiar root cellar concept, allowing you to keep your produce fresh without traditional refrigeration . Read the rest of Groundfridge lets you store perishables without traditional refrigeration Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: food storage , green design , green food storage , green refrigeration , milan 2015 , Milan Design , Milan Design Week , milan expo , milan fair , Milan Furniture Fair , refrigeration , The Ground Fridge

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Luzinterruptus Unveils Amazing Plastic Waste Labyrinth Made From 6,000 Recycled Bottles

June 16, 2014 by  
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San Francisco’s Bottled Water Ban Set to be Among the Nation’s Strictest

December 18, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors are poised to approve one of the strictest bans on the sale of bottled water in the nation. The ban would extend legislation passed in 2007 that forbids the use of city funds to purchase bottled water, and would make it illegal to sell bottled water of 21 fluid ounces or less on city property or food trucks, at large events, or in parks. If passed, the ordinance would move San Francisco further towards its goal of producing zero net waste by 2020 . Read the rest of San Francisco’s Bottled Water Ban Set to be Among the Nation’s Strictest Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: american beverage association , board of supervisors , Catherine Rauschuber , david chiu , landfill , plastic bottle , recycling , San Francisco , Waste , water bottle , water bottle ban        

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Vapur Unveils Water Filtering Anti-Bottles That Remove 99.99% of Bacteria

March 11, 2013 by  
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Vapur  introduced several new products at the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show that expand their line of BPA-free “Anti-Bottles” – including a new filtering technology that safely removes 99.99% of bacteria and organic matter (it can make even river water potable). With a collection of fun new colors and super cute DIY customizing kits for kids , Vapur is encouraging the whole family to keep hydrated. Read the rest of Vapur Unveils Water Filtering Anti-Bottles That Remove 99.99% of Bacteria Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “flat pack” , anti-bottle , Eco , filter , graphics , green , housewares , kids , vapur , water bottle , water issues

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Concord, Mass. Becomes the First US City to Ban Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles

January 2, 2013 by  
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Cities across the country have already worked towards banning plastic bags , and now Concord, Massachusetts has become one of the very first communities to ditch the single-use plastic bottle. The result of a three-year effort by local activists and an effective Ban the Bottle campaign, the new bylaw would make it illegal to sell non-sparkling, unflavored liquids in single-serving polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles of 1 liter or less. With exceptions for emergencies, a first offense will garner a warning, the second infraction incurs a $25 fine, and the third transgression earns a $50 fine. Concord’s Health Division is in charge of enforcing the ban starting the first of this year. Read the rest of Concord, Mass. Becomes the First US City to Ban Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antimony , aquifer , Ban the Bottle , concord , concord health division , epa , Massachusetts , PET , plastic , plastic water bottle , polyethylene terephthalate , US

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“The Square” Re-Imagines the Shape of the Classic Water Bottle

September 18, 2012 by  
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When it comes to water bottles, it’s hip to be square. Made of stainless steel and BPA free plastic, The Square water bottle and its unique silhouette is the product of a three-year collaboration between engineers and designers from Apple, Stanford, and Frog Design . With ends that unscrew for easy cleaning and a shape that fits easily in the hand and does not roll away when set down to rest, the 20 oz bottle is currently looking for support through Kickstarter . Read the rest of “The Square” Re-Imagines the Shape of the Classic Water Bottle Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple , BPA Free , david mayer , frog design , kickstarter , stainless steel , stanford , the square , water bottle

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