Instagram Photo Contest

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This April, we are launching a monthly Instagram photo contest. Each month, we’ll select a photo featuring our bottle for a free case of Green Sheep Water. To enter, follow these 3 steps:

  1. Snap a shot with a Green Sheep Water bottle

  2. Tag us and follow us on Instagram @greensheepwater

  3. Include the hashtag #byebyeplastic

At the start of each month, we'll announce the winner on our Instagram page. Good luck!

The Plastic Lifecycle

Plastic Pollution, Recycling, and Waste Management

Plastic Pollution and Recycling: From plastic bottle to ocean waste

So what exactly happens to that plastic bottle from your typical water bottle brand after you toss it in a recycling bin? What we’re about to share will break your little, green heart.

Plastic bottled water lifecycle / the lifestyle of plastic products

After the recycled plastics are collected (which happens less than 30% of the time), they’re separated by type so that they can be processed correctly. The materials are then washed and shredded into small pieces called pellets. These pellets are downcycled, which means they are formed into lesser quality products, like doormats and construction materials.

Eventually, the plastic becomes so low-quality that it can’t be recycled anymore. So even after the plastics are collected and separated, many pieces end up in the trash, which takes them to landfills and oceans.

Please do the planet a favor: say “bye, bye plastic” and choose more recycling-friendly materials—like aluminum! :)

The more you know

Greenspiration - living a green lifestyle

Let’s be real, being eco-conscious isn’t always easy. There’s a lot to keep up with: your carbon footprint, which day recycling gets picked up, the ever-changing policies that will determine the future of our planet...just to name a few. Educating yourself on the subject shouldn’t be a chore, so we’ve done the work for you and created a list of books and movies to inspire you to keep living that green life. Pick up your feet, grab a bottle of Green Sheep Water, and enjoy one (or more!) of the following books or movies.

Books

Bottled & Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water
Peter H. Gleick
Bought and Sold attempts to answer the million dollar question, “is bottled water really better than tap?” Berkeley scientist Peter Gleick shares how water went from being a free natural resource to one of the most commercially successful products today. Gleick investigates whether the bottled water industry’s claims about safety, convenience, and taste hold true when compared to tap water (hint hint: they don’t). At Green Sheep Water, we always hope you'll use tap water when it's available to you. But for the times it's not, that's when we hope you'll think beyond plastic.

Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans
Captain Charles Moore
Captain Charles Moore was sailing home when he found himself in the middle of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, or what he dubbed “plastic soup”.  The largest garbage dump on the planet is in the middle of our biggest ocean, where the plastic outweighs the zooplankton by six to one! Moore exposes the inconvenient truth behind plastic and urges for change. Aye, aye, Captain!

Plastic: A Toxic Love Story
Susan Freinkel
We have an unhealthy obsession with plastic and it isn’t going away anytime soon. Humans have produced as much plastic in the last decade as we did in the entire 20th century (holy smokes!). Susan Freinkel looks at the history of how plastic has infiltrated our lives. Freinkel shares her findings by delving into the story of eight common plastic items: a comb, chair, Frisbee, IV bag, disposable lighter, grocery bag, pop bottle, and our personal fave, the credit card. Spoiler alert: plastic will break your heart.

Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash
Edward Humes
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes takes readers on a dumpster diving investigative journey through America’s biggest export: trash. The statistics and discoveries are appalling and devastating to our little green hearts. Humes answers the questions we have been thinking about: what’s in trash, why do we produce so much of it, and most importantly, is a less wasteful future possible?

Movies

Divide in Concord
Eighty-four year-old Jean Hill is on a mission to fight the sale of single-serve plastic water bottles in the small American town of Concord, Massachusetts. Met with strong opposition from local merchants and that deep-pocketed bottled water industry, fiery Jean continues her idealistic fight undeterred. Want to know how it all turned out?

A Plastic Ocean
A Plastic Ocean follows journalist Craig Leeson and free diver Tanya Streeter joined by a team of international scientists and researchers as they travel to twenty locations all over the world to examine the state of our oceans. Along the way, they reveal alarming truths about the oceans and suggest ways we can help. 

Tapped
Stephanie Soechtig examines the big business of bottled water and its effect on our health, the economy, and the environment. It takes a closer look at industry giants like PepsiCo and Nestle Water, examining their transportation costs and conducting tests on the plastic bottle materials.

Before the Flood
Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Hollywood's sustainability guru Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels around the world to see the effects of climate change firsthand. DiCaprio meets with scientists and politicians globally to expose the reality of climate change and learn what we can do to prevent further deterioration of our beloved planet. "We'll never let go (of hope), Jack."

Inspired already? We definitely were. All of these books and movies pushed us towards finding a more sustainable bottled water solution. Join the movement, and start saying bye bye to plastic today.

Plastic Planet

Plastic is everywhere, plastic water bottles

Plastic is everywhere. Literally everywhere. It has invaded every home, store, electronic, and even the occasional dog (just ask our resident office puppy). Your grandma even uses it to protect that antique sofa that no one’s allowed to sit on. A recent study estimates that since mass production began in 1950, humans have created 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic. That’s enough to bury Manhattan two-miles deep!
 
Over the decades, the plastic manufacturing industry has grown 8% annually, and it’s not slowing down: 4.15 billion metric tons of plastic—half of all the plastic EVER MADE—was manufactured since 2004. But it’s not just Granny’s furniture-wrapping tendencies that have caused this massive and consistent growth.

So what's causing it then?

It’s packaging, which in 2015 accounted for 42% of all plastic use, capitalizing on the shifting global trend from reusable to single-use products. In a world where 1 million plastic water bottles are consumed every minute, how can we not have a plastic problem?
 
Since so many single-use products are made of plastic, most plastics are no longer in use! In fact, over 6 billion metric tons of plastic have been thrown away. Most of this ends up in landfills and oceans. Plastic is non-biodegradable and with the current rates of consumption, we are simply adding to the already too-big pile of junk that is quite literally just sitting there. While the long-term consequences of plastic on our environment are unknown, it’s probably not just an aesthetic issue.

It's up to us to stop using plastic

Our global plastic pollution problem must be solved by a change in behavior; we cannot keep consuming plastic at this rate. You may think that as soon as you toss a plastic bottle into that blue bin that you’ve done your part, and although recycling is extremely important, it usually just delays plastic’s inevitable fate: it will eventually either be incinerated or sit in landfills and waterways for thousands of years to come. Now you may be thinking: “how can I help?” (and if you’re not, well, maybe you should be!)
 
The first step to solving any problem is awareness: you are now officially aware that plastic has got to go! 

Next Step: Bye, bye plastic!

Time to kiss your long-distance relationship goodbye

Carbon footprint of those popular foreign bottled water brand

Many of you already know how we feel about plastic bottles, but in case you somehow missed it, here’s a quick recap: it sucks! Obviously, there’s a lot of bad stuff that happens after you’ve finished using that nasty plastic bottle, but have you ever thought about what happens before you take that first sip?
 
It turns out that making the bottles and then getting them from the factory and into your hands takes a TON of energy. In fact, in 2006 it took 17 million barrels of oil to produce plastic bottles for American consumption alone (without counting transportation). That’s enough gas to jet ski around the Earth 90,000 times!
 
Most premium bottled water, especially the sparkling variety, comes from far, far away. And while drinking water sourced from picturesque European towns, Scandinavian mountaintops, or small Pacific islands may make you feel trés fancy, these places are thousands of miles away. That means that those heavy, foreign bottles need to cross an entire ocean just to get water (water!) to you. We think that’s more than a little silly…

imported bottled water / Recycling facts

Green Sheep Water has a much smaller footprint. In the US, aluminum contains an average of 70% recycled content, which uses 95% less energy than virgin aluminum. Our bottles are also recycled more than twice as often as plastic (nearly 70% of the time!), and are infinitely recyclable. Try and beat that, plastic. Most importantly, our products are made right here. We actually source our materials and package all our water in the Midwest, keeping our transportation footprint extra low.
 
This Fourth of July, gather your courage, and do something even more patriotic than breaking out your star-spangled tube socks: put an end to your long-distance relationship with that imported bottled water (those never work out anyway). We’ve made it extra easy for you with our handy-dandy break-up letter generator (patent pending).

Hot days, cold waters

June 8, 2017

Chicago Summer Events Green Sheep Water

Break out the white pants & sunscreen!

It’s almost summertime and we’re excited to announce the outdoor events that we are participating in this year! Since Green Sheep Water is based in Chicago, we love supporting local events. We also like partnering with events and festivals that support the super, duper important cause of sustainability.

Bottled water consumption continues to increase globally, and with that: plastic pollution. Summer events and festivals are a blast, but they also entail hours outside in the sunshine, slowly dehydrating your body... which means an uptick in bottled water consumption. We get it, folks need to stay hydrated while basking in the sun (and consuming a string of beers and sparkling rosé), but adding to the already massive amount of plastic bottles we use just makes us cringe.

Refillable water stations are a great eco-friendly option, but we’ve noticed that attendees often forget to bring their own reusable bottle. Banning bottled water entirely can be dangerous. If only there was a way to offer convenient on-the-go water in a bottle with a highly reduced environmental impact!

Here’s our spiel (surprisingly, that is how it’s spelled!): Green Sheep Water is the best way to stay hydrated during long days at summer festivals. Our bottles get recycled more often than any other, are infinitely recyclable, and as a bonus, get colder faster—perfect for those hot summer months! You can click here to learn more about why Green Sheep Water is a match-made-in-heaven for your next event or festival.
 
And without further ado, here are some Chicagoland events you should 100% check out this summer!

June 10th-11th
Green Music Fest
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago, IL
Tickets: $10 suggested donation
At its 9th annual festival, Green Music Fest continues its mission of “making sure Wicker Park gets its party on while leading by example to consider our environmental impact”. The festival features original live music, social activism efforts, and sustainable local retail, arts, crafts, and food. The festival has been a leader in reducing waste, water consumption, and energy use.

July 20th
Green City Chef BBQ
Location: Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL
Tickets: $25 (kids), $125 (adults), VIP tickets available
Chef BBQ is an event organized by Green City Market, a not for profit organization in Chicago known for its sustainable farmer’s markets. This is Green Sheep’s third year working with Green City Market and their highly anticipated Chef BBQ event in heart of Lincoln Park. Chef BBQ is a showcase of local restaurants, produce, and yummy craft beverages. Attendees will be able to try food and beverage from over 100 of Chicago’s best retailers. We seriously cannot recommend this enough. It’s Incredible with a capital ‘I’!
 
August 25th-26th
Naperville Wine Festival
Location: Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St, Naperville, IL
Tickets: Between $35-$50 per day, VIP tickets available
The Naperville Wine Festival is back for its 15th year to celebrate wine, beer, food, music, and friends. With over 300 wines from around the world, the festival lets you sample the wines, attend learning seminars and cooking demos, and enjoy the live music entertainment!

September 8th-9th
Windy City Wine Festival
Location: Buckingham Fountain, Chicago, IL
Tickets: Between $40-$60 per day, VIP tickets available
On its 13th year and organized by the same team behind the Naperville Wine Festival, the Windy City Wine Festival offers a relaxed setting in the center of Grant Park. With hundreds of exhibiting wineries offering samples, live music, and several cooking demos from local chefs, the Windy City Wine Festival looks to celebrate the best of the Chicago summers downtown.

All Summer Long
Green City Market
Location: Lincoln Park, West Loop, and Wrigleyville
Tickets: Free
Started 18 years ago, Green City Market is Chicago's most well-known marketplace for sustainably grown food. With over 3 locations weekly and several events, the market connects local farmers and producers with Chicago residents, chefs, and restaurants. The markets are super family friendly with kids classes, live music, yoga, and more! We LOVE Green City Market and know you will too! Check the calendar on their website for dates and times for each location.

If you would like to see us at event near you, please reach out to us at info@greensheepwater.com!

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