Published on February 22nd, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan6
One More Time: Let’s Transform The Water Industry
February 22nd, 2014 by Zachary Shahan
Many of you know that there wasn’t much of a “bottled water” industry a few decades ago, but now the industry is so big that there are isles of bottled water choices in many shops. Of course, you’ve probably read all about the plastics problems we’re having across the world, many of which are tied to these water bottles.
This isn’t going to change overnight, but one excellent place to get some corrections started would be at major events. Think of the sporting events, concerts, conferences, etc where water bottles are everywhere. A startup called WaterStop Carts has a great solution. Its water carts use the same filtration system that bottled water companies use so that you can expect that same bottled water taste (minus the BPA) anywhere you can find a cart.
These WaterStop Carts could save people a ton of money, and they could easily be used at major events like those listed above. “As consumers we are paying between 300 to 4,000 times the costs of tap water when we buy bottled water,” the founder, Nan Harris, notes on the IndieGogo campaign page. “The average American spends over $250 a year on bottled water. We also end up paying for the cost to our environment of carbon released and the oil and water used in manufacturing and transportation.”
Nan was also quite clever with one special addition to the WaterStop Carts—they will also be WiFi hotspots. If that doesn’t pull people away from bottled water and towards these carts, I don’t know what would.
Unfortunately, WaterStop Carts’ crowdfunding campaign doesn’t look like its going to come close to its target. But it’s a flexible funding campaign, so any contributions still help. Some of the big potential perks include a CBS tour in LA conducted by “Young and Restless” actress Kate Linder (Esther Valentine) for 2 people, a WaterStop Cart of your very own, or 50% off the lease or purchase of a cart. Check out the full list of offers and give a helping hand if you’re into the idea of helping cut our bottled water use. I’m sure that even $10 helps.
*This article has been supported by WaterStop Carts LLC, but as is always the case: we don’t run sponsored articles for technologies or companies that we don’t think deserve more eyes and positive press.
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