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!

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

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