pOILitics and water don't mix

May 5, 2017

Oil and Water don't mix / Politics and Water don't mix

We love our planet, and we know you do too. So far, 2017 has been a whirlwind of a year, and it's been a little tough for us to keep track of the latest changes to our country’s environmental policies. So, we decided to do a little research into the sometimes messy, convoluted information that is U.S. politics and summarize the changes for you. This stuff can be preeettttttty dense reading, but we think it’s important to at least understand the basics, so we’ll try to make it as easy to follow as possible.

While there have been several policy changes and reviews requested in a such a short amount of time this year, the implications of these changes are still somewhat murky. We wanted to provide as much info as possible on the water-related policy changes and issues that we care so deeply about.

Here are the most important changes affecting our waters so far.

Environmental Policy Change in 2017

Needless to say, the policy changes and executive orders mentioned above are some pretty big actions that could lead to drastic environmental consequences. Since this email has gotten really long really quickly, we’ll keep this short. If the issues are concerning to you, talk to people (especially those who disagree) and get involved in any way you can. For those who argue that jobs are the number 1 priority, kindly remind them that we won’t have a society (to work in) if we destroy the environment.

P.S. If we missed anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us and let us know. We’d love to hear from you!

Supporting the Surfrider Foundation

April 4, 2017

We’ll cut right to the chase: we think giving back is incredibly important. If you didn’t know already, through our partnership with 1% For The Planet, Green Sheep Water donates 1% of our sales to an organization that aligns with our values. This year, we've chosen to support the Surfrider Foundation. In their own words, the Surfrider Foundation “is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.” With over 80 chapters and 110 active campaigns, Surfrider focuses efforts on five key initiatives:

  1. Securing Beach Access
  2. Ensuring Clean Water
  3. Protecting Special Places of our Oceans
  4. Preserving Our Coasts

And our personal favorite…

      5.  Preventing Plastic Pollution!

Hook, line, and sinker

Here at Green Sheep, we love our oceans and beaches and we’re going to do whatever we can to protect them. The biggest reason we started Green Sheep Water is because of plastic’s less than stellar reputation and the fact that so much of the plastic we use each year ends up in our oceans, making our sandy shores a little less inviting and our sea animals a lot less healthy.
 
We’ve said it before, but it’s worth mentioning again: Only about 30% of plastic bottles (of the billions used annually) will ever make it to a recycling bin. The remaining 70% will go directly to landfills and to our oceans, where they will slowly break into smaller and smaller pieces, but will take over 1,000 years to biodegrade. So, what happens to the itty bitty pieces of plastic that take foooooorever to break down?

Maybe you've heard of it

That plastic waste ends up in a huge, and we mean bigger-than-Texas huge, floating patch of garbage in the Pacific Ocean. Marine life often mistake the smaller pieces of plastic for food, which can be lethal for our amazing ocean buddies…like him!

Surfrider Foundation - Plastic Pollution

And her!

Surfrider Foundation - Plastic Pollution

And on top of that, the same marine life that digest these pieces of plastic may end up on our plates—eek!

What we're doing about it

We think Surfrider is awesome because of their focus on preventing plastic pollution through their Rise Above Plastics program and proven record of making change happen. In the past 30 years, Surfrider has built a network of coastal defenders, filled with local experts, scientists, lawyers, and more, who lead campaigns in communities throughout the U.S. Wanna know more about their active campaigns and victories? Don’t be shy—check ‘em out here! And because we’re just that big of fans, here are a few of our fav wins:

  • Plastic bag bans in several communities around the U.S. leading to 15 billion (with a B!) bags that will be kept out of landfills, watersheds, and oceans annually
  • Protected the Atlantic, Pacific, Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic from new oil drilling and seismic blasting
  • Monitored water quality of over 3,500 beaches

If you feel like supporting this extremely shrimportant cause, donate to Surfrider or sign up to volunteer with the world’s largest network of coastal defenders! Our team is actively involved in campaigns in the Chicago area, and we’d love to meet you!

Electrolyte me up!

March 7, 2017

Blinded by the lyte

What are electrolytes, and do we need them? Short answer: yes. Electrolytes are substances that produce an electrically-conducting solution when dissolved in water. Yeaaah, we didn’t quite get that either. In much simpler terms, electrolytes are minerals that are essential for life. The human body requires electrolytes—including sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphate, magnesium, and chloride—to function. We need these electrolytes to regulate our muscle function and balance our body’s pH level (among other things). A poor diet, an intense workout, a bout of sickness, or a long night of drinking can all lead to an electrolyte deficiency. These are all occasions when your body feels dehydrated and worn down.

So… how do we replenish electrolytes?

The best way to get electrolytes is through a healthy, well-balanced diet. That means eat your fruits and veggies, kiddos! That’s the bottom line, and anyone who tells you otherwise is a schemer. Don’t let them pull the wool over your eyes!

If you’re an overachiever and reallllly want to supplement your intake, water with natural electrolytes is usually your best option, especially compared against drinks loaded with added sugars, chemical sweeteners, and artificial colors.

Good news, Green Sheep Water has you covered

Our Still Water has natural electrolytes in greater quantities than most—even more than those brands touting their waters as being packed with these mysterious nutrients. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s just one more reason Green Sheep is the best solution for on-the-go healthy hydration ;)

Don’t forget, drinking water is just one piece of the puzzle—no drink provides you with all of the electrolytes your body needs on a daily basis. Just remember:

  1. Eat a balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables. Bananas, spinach, coconut, avocado, and beans are especially great sources of electrolytes.
  2. Don’t be afraid of a little salt. Sodium and chloride (which combined make plain ‘ol table salt) are the most depleted nutrients after a particularly sweaty workout. 
  3. Don’t overdo it with the coffee and alcohol, both of which are diuretics and will dehydrate you further. 
  4. Skip those “-ade” drinks (and their heavy doses of sugar), opting for plain water instead. You can lose up to a liter of water during an hour-long workout, so make sure you’re drinking enough to make up for the loss. 

If you’re a numbers nerd, take a look below at how Green Sheep Water's electrolytes stack up.

Natural Electrolytes

Climate Change is Real

Climate Change is Real

November 8, 2016

ICYMI—Check out Before the Flood, Leonardo DiCaprio and National Geographic's documentary exploring climate change and the dangers it brings. We like Global Citizen's run down of 9 takeaway facts:

  1. Greenland and the Arctic are on track to melt entirely. 
  2. The last time the Earth was four degrees celsius warmer was 4 million years ago.
  3. 50% of all coral has been lost in the past 30 years.
  4. 700 million Indians cook with biomass, aka cow dung.
  5. Cows are environmentally hazardous.
  6. China is the world’s biggest polluter, but it also invests the most in sustainable energy.
  7. Elon Musk has a plan.
  8. espite scientific evidence, not everyone believes in climate change, and that has slowed action.
  9. You can make a difference.

 

 

Hollow

Hollow

November 3, 2016

Comissioned by the University of Bristol, Hollow is a permanent public artwork by artist Katie Paterson and architects Zeller & Moye.

Under your feet lie fossils, which span 390 million years, and above you thousands of unique tree samples connect across time and space, each with their own story to tell.

Designed as a "miniature forest", when you step inside and you'll find wood samples collected from over 10,000 different tree species that the artist collected from nearly every country around the world. Not only is it visually stunning, but it also is a truly unique look at our planet's history. Learn more about the project and explore over 1,000 of the trees' stories here.

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