“Sandy the Superstorm”…Who Knew There was a “Super Hero”?

I live on the east coast and although we had a fair share of damage from Sandy the Superstorm it was NOTHING compared to what those poor people in New York and New Jersey have experienced.  My heart goes out to them and I wish them the best in working through these horrible circumstances the likes of which I pray I never experience.  They need all of the support they can get HOWEVER what they DON’T need is toxic bottled water and land fill challenges worsened by the addition of millions of more plastic bottles.  There streets (and homes) are filled with tons and tons of refuse already!

When I read this today I couldn’t help but get frustrated over the fact that the bottled water industry keeps growing and growing (and they use every disaster situation as a PR opportunity) when there are other VIABLE, healthy and (in comparison) more affordable options available.   Read it and weep…

Plastics Today – November 5, 2012


Nestlé Waters North America announced that five million bottles of water will be arriving to New York and New Jersey communities hard hit by Hurricane Sandy. Approximately 100 trucks will be converging on the region from (NWNA) plants in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Texas and Maine, where employees are working to meet the acute needs of storm victims. FEMA and the New York Office of Emergency Management made the request for bottled water to meet immediate need in the region.

Nestlé Waters North America is also donating 200,000 bottles of Poland Spring water that had been designated for the NYC Marathon. After the event was cancelled, all of that bottled water is being turned over to relief agencies. This brings total bottled water donations by NWNA to more than 775,000 bottles, most of which have by distributed through disaster relief partners AmeriCares and The American Red Cross.

Walmart has donated roughly one million bottles of water, half going to the five boroughs of New York City and half going to the state of New Jersey.

“The bottled water industry has always been at the forefront of relief efforts during natural disasters and other catastrophic events,” said Chris Hogan IBWA VP of communications, in the news release. “Throughout the years, bottled water companies have immediately responded to the need for clean water after disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, flooding, and wildfires; or the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center.”

“Having access to safe, clean drinking water is important to everyone’s survival, but this becomes paramount during disasters such as this when municipal supplies may become compromised,” Hogan continued. “During these times, bottled water is a necessary and reliable option to deliver clean, safe drinking water.”

If bottled water bans became widespread, what would happen in times of crisis when clean drinking water is not available? I’m not sure if that is something people consider when they rush to ban various products.

You read it right…5 million plastic water bottles and counting!   If you look closely you’ll see that the 5 million bottles are NOT donations but were ordered (and paid for) by FEMA and the New York Office of Emergency Management… tax dollars at work

So what’s the alternative in crisis situations like this?  Commercial grade Kangen Water ionizers in strategic locations and reusable water bottles.  In addition to having a bountiful supply of pure, healthy water, they could have a built-in disinfectant and a green cleaning alternative ALL of which would come in pretty handy at a time like this.   This strategy worked very well in Japan when the Tsunami struck and Kangen was the “Superhero” for the Chilean miners.

No worries bottled water industry.  If you stop bottling a pipe dream and polluting the planet with your products we’ve got you covered.



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