The purity of a child’s willingness to explore emotions and unfiltered thoughts can evoke laughter, but it can also deepen consideration and fuel inspiration in the adults with whom these children share. Case in point, this video by the Obakki Foundation.

Obakki is a high-end fashion house in Vancouver, Canada that has philanthropic components intricately woven into its business model. Specifically, the Obakki Foundation is dedicated to helping improve the lives of children and their families in the developing world through humanitarian causes, fundraisers, and sales from the Obakki Foundation fashion line for which “not just a percentage of the profits, not just some of the money – every dime goes back to the community.”

Obakki Foundation x Cypress Park School: Kids for Clean Water from Obakki on Vimeo.

The video above is from a recent water awareness event the Obakki did at Cypress Park School in Vancouver. The children in this film are the most adorable, little philanthropists that pull on each and every one of your heartstrings. I hope you find this film as inspiring as we do!

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UK school children at Mill Lane School recycled 1,500 plastic bottles over the past 18 months in order to construct a greenhouse.

After the year and a half of collecting plastic drink bottles, the pupils nailed them to the wooden greenhouse frame. Once the greenhouse was completed, they made full use of it by planting tomato seeds for the gardening club. It is reported that they’ve grown five feet in just two weeks — so maybe there is something to be said for plastic greenhouses! Rare pyramidal orchids were also been planted within.

The school was also awarded vouchers through the RHS campaign for school gardening in order to buy the materials needed to build the greenhouse frame. Schools everywhere could benefit from this example of educating the young in the wonders of recycling and gardening.

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We’re thrilled to be a part of the Drink Me Island Paradise Party this year. I mean, who wouldn’t be excited to be part of a legendary and incredible man-made floating island on the San Francisco Bay celebrating a lush evening with live music, delicious drinks (lots of tasty rums) and spirited tastings?!

The event is a fundraiser for Spark, a San Francisco based non-profit that supports women-led programs that ignite global change. All profits from the event will go to support Spark’s efforts.

Who: Drink Me Readers and all (21+) are welcome, but there are limited tickets available, so make sure you don’t procrastinate. We’re teaming up with Spark, an amazing organization that seeks to build a community of global citizens who are invested in changing the patters of inequality that impact women throughout the world.

When: Friday July 29th, 7:30-10:30 (with VIP boarding at 6:30 for an exclusive tequila and margarita class and an extra hour to wander the island). Come after work and watch the sun go down over the golden gate.

Where: Forbes Island, San Francisco Bay (yes, that’s it in the picture on the invite).  The incredible man-made floating island near pier 39 with plenty to explore.

Why: How better to get away from the city and enjoy the beautiful summer on the water? All while supporting a great cause.

How: Purchase tickets through eventbrite HERE, and we will be in touch with details about how to get to and take our ferry to the island.  The price of the ticket includes everything you will need for the night.

Tickets are $45 or $75 for VIP tickets (with an exclusive tequila tasting and margarita class and an extra hour on the island).

Purchase tickets at www.drinkmeisland.eventbrite.com

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“Man’s history is woven into waterways, for not only did he live beside them, but he used them as highways for hunting, exploration, and trade. Water assured his welfare, its absence meant migration or death, its constancy nourished his spirit. A mountain, a desert, or a great forest might serve his need of strength, but water reflects his inner needs.”

-Sigurd F. Olson (1899-1982)

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TapIt, a network that makes clean tap water accessible to the general public, has launched the first TapIt water refill network in Washington DC in partnership with DC Water. They now have over 60 locations around the District with more being added everyday!

So when you are visiting the Capitol, the Whitehouse or you live in the District full time, there is always a water refill location near by.
You can download or print the DC location map here. You can also now directly access the DC map by going to http://www.tapitwater.com/dc on your PC or mobile phone to find cafe and restaurant refill locations.
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Alexis Siemons of teaspoons & petals shares with us her refreshing recipe for the perfect summer treat, Jasmine Green Tea Granita with lavender honey and mint. If you’re watching your waistline, this recipe is a fantastic alternative to the not so healthy ice cream treats.

5 cups filtered water
4 teaspoons lavender honey
7 teaspoons jasmine pearls
2 handfuls spearmint leaves

Fill a tea kettle with cool water and heat it on the stove until the water begins to steam from the spout. Place 7 teaspoons of jasmine pearls into the teapot’s infuser. Pour 5 cups steaming water over the jasmine pearls and steep in the teapot for 3 minutes.

Remove infuser from the teapot. Add 4 teaspoons lavender honey to the tea and stir to combine. Add a handful whole spearmint leaves. Let the flavors mesh as the temperature cools, about 5 minutes.

Pour the cooled tea into two ice cube trays and place in the freezer. Sip the remaining tea (about two cups), while the granita mixture freezes.

When the liquid has frozen, remove the ice cube trays from the freezer and let them thaw for a few minutes. Blend the ice cubes to a shaved ice consistency, scoop the icy goodness into two bowls and pop them back into the freezer for 1 minute. While the granita chills, finely chop remaining spearmint leaves. Before serving the granita, drizzle with honey and sprinkle chopped spearmint leaves atop the granita to add a burst of vibrant sweetness.

For more tea-inspired recipes, visit teaspoons & petals.

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Does filtered water really make a difference?

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a mountain spring running right into your kitchen faucet? If you think fresh, clean water already comes out of your faucet – think again! Some household tap water can contain dangerous chemicals and micro- organisms. Let’s be honest, mountain spring water, chemical free, and delicious as it is, might be a little difficult to hook up to your home faucet. However, delicious, clean, and fresh water is available to you with a home filtration system.

Experience the difference you’re cooking will have with filtered water! Here are a few facts about cooking food and preparing beverages with filtered water:

When water containing chlorine comes into contact with old and leaky pipes, it forms highly carcinogenic Tri-halomethanes (Note: when a substance is deemed as carcinogenic it means it is known to cause cancer). A similar result occurs when you cook food in chlorinated water. (Note: All unfiltered tap water contains chlorine in order to kill the majority of micro- organisms.) However, these harmful by-products also form when you cook food in or with unfiltered water. New international research is finding that even boiling chlorinated water can increase the Tri–halomethanes in the water substantially. Filtered water has no chlorine and other dangerous chemicals so you don’t have to worry about any cancer causing Tri- halomethanes!

Did you know that almost all fine restaurants use filtered water for their cooking and beverages? The truth is, top chefs can taste the difference filtered water has in coffee, teas, and other beverages. Beverages are found to have stronger flavors and decreased steeping times when made with filtered water. Other foods that show noticeable differences are pastas and rice, which cook faster and have a creamier texture. And don’t forget, chlorinated water also seeps into food when it is used for washing off fruits and vegetables!

Filtered water also has benefits to fruits, vegetables, and other plants that are still growing. And if you start with a healthy plant, and then cook it in filtered water; you are that much closer to a healthy and prosperous life!

Here are some healthy plant facts:

- Some studies show that plants can survive longer in a vase of filtered water than unfiltered (weeks in some cases)

- Root development may double or even triple

- Growth may increase by up to 30%

- Resistance to disease and fungus is decreased

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