- Golden Gate Bridge Gets a Water Filling Station - March 5, 2014

March 5, 2014

Thousands of runners, cyclists, walkers, commuters, and tourists pass by or over the Golden Gate Bridge every single day. To help cut down on plastic waste, reusable glass bottle provider Lifefactory teamed up with both the National Park Service and Globaltap to install a reusable bottle filling station at the Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion in San Francisco. Combined with the proposed ban on the sale of plastic water bottles in the city, San Francisco would be the first major metropolis to take the brave plunge in reducing their environmental impact.

The Golden Gate Bridge is part of the larger U.S. National Park Service, where plastic bottles represent 1/3 to 1/2 the trash left by visitors, creating both an ecological and financial burden. Since 2011, the National Park Service has moved to implement disposable plastic water bottle recycling and reduction programs, with the option for total elimination of sales where refilling stations are feasible, such as the one above.

The new San Francisco water fountain/bottle filling station unit is located on the southeast side of the bridge at the Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion adjacent to the Visitor Center and Gift Shop. Next time you head out on that ride, walk, or run near the Golden Gate Bridge, bring your reusable bottle and fill up with some great tasting Hetch Hetchy water.

Read Full Post - Sausalito Company Donates Bottle Filling Station - March 5, 2014

March 5, 2014

Sausalito-based reusable glass water bottle provider Lifefactory and the National Park Service helped kick of the official opening of a reusable bottle filling station at the Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion last week.

Representatives from Lifefactory, Globaltap, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area helped kick off the official opening of the new filling station in advance the summer tourist seasons, according to Lifefactory co-founder Daren Joy.

“The San Francisco Bay Area has always led the nation in environmental action and what better place to address the problem of disposable plastic water bottles than at the entryway to the Golden Gate Bridge,” Joy said. “This truly was a collaborative effort and we’re honored to donate this filling station.”

Read Full Post - Filling Station at Golden Gate National Recreation Area - March 3, 2014

March 3, 2014

Plastic water bottles are taking a hit at Biscayne National Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area, where water filling stations have been installed with a goal of reducing plastic waste.

At Biscayne in South Florida, two water bottle filling stations are being installed at the Dante Fascell Visitor Center to provide clean, filtered water in a convenient and environmentally friendly way, to park visitors. One filling station opened last week on the lower floor of the visitor center...

Meanwhile, at Golden Gate in California, a ceremony was held last week to mark the installation of a Lifefactory GLOBALTAP filling station and water fountain at the Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion in San Francisco. The station is intended to help limit the use of disposable plastic water bottles.

Read Full Post - Featuring Lifefactory - March 2014

March 1, 2014

There's a reason wine and spirits are stored in glass: purity of taste. Plastic (and, to a lesser degree, metal) can impart various "flavors" into the liquids it comes into contact with. But that's just one reason that glass is an increasingly popular alternative to plastic and aluminum or stainless steel sport-style bottles.

Another is peace of mind. About five years ago, scientists and the Food and Drug Administration started issuing warnings about bisphenol A, commonly called BPA, a chemical used in plastics and in the linings of some metal vessels...

Enter glass.

"Glass is made from naturally abundant materials — primarily sand — and it won't degrade over time," says Scott Radcliffe, a spokesman for glass-bottle manufacturer Lifefactory, which is based in Sausalito, Calif. Plus, "glass can last for decades," he says.

Read Full Post - Featuring Glass Bottle with Classic Cap - March 2014

March 1, 2014

You probably don’t think the words "chic" and "water bottle" go together all that logically, do you? Well, allow us to change your mind. The ultimate accessory to tote around this spring isn’t that Fendi furry nor is it a teensy micro-purse — it’s none other than a bottle full of H2O...

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