Casey Middle School in Boulder Colorado hosted an art exhibit displaying creative works of art created entirely from trash. The main purpose of this awareness project was to demonstrate the ubiquity of plastic waste in our oceans.

“The North Pacific Subtropical Gyre is a trash continent made from plastic trash accumulating in the ocean. The trash sits like a thin soup over an area twice the state of Texas. It is estimated that there are 3.5 million tons in this swath of filthy polluted water. This island of trash was not discovered until 1997 by Charles Moore.” But that’s not the only trash monster swimming the seas…

There is an island of plastic rubbish drifting in the Atlantic Ocean as well. Of the seven common plastics, only two are readily recyclable, only 3-5% of all plastic used is recycled at all. 10% of all plastic trash winds up in the ocean, starting out as loose garbage along coastal areas.


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Water filters provide better tasting and smelling water by removing chlorine and bacterial contaminants, but that’s not the only benefit to using a filtration system. The water that flows from your faucet is hard water, which actually reduces the development of flavor and aroma in things such as coffee, tea, and other hot beverages. Tea connoisseur, RT Cunningham, from Coffee, Tea, & Me also poses an interesting discussion regarding the financial benefits of using a water filtration pitcher in your home.

WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW: The folks from MAVEA do a great job of illustrating the benefits of using the MAVEA filtration system in your home via their “MAVEA Tea Test.” Check it out!

Visit Coffee, Tea & Me to read the full article or MAVEA to learn more.

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Just another reason to ditch the plastic bottled water…


Have you heard about the Pacific garbage patch or seen those pictures of birds on Midway Island that die with stomachs full of bottlecaps? This problem of plastic in our oceans is pretty serious. Here’s one way to help, and it’s pretty straightforward: Use less plastic!

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Water is usually perceived as a dynamic substance, which rarely stands still in the natural environment. However, human eye cannot catch all the changing nature of water in motion. Happily, the lens of digital cameras can… Even a drop, falling in to a glass of water, captured by a photographer, can be a masterpiece by itself. Indeed, water, whether it is a quiet brook, magnificent iceberg or a powerful mountain waterfall, has always inspired painters and visual art designers.

Check out the amazing water images “Splashes” created by Russian artists Alexandra Zaharova & Ilya Plotnikov.

View more pics after the jump!
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In San Francisco, California, bottled water has already been banned at city meetings, but now the city is considering the same ban for ALL events that take place on city property. The proposal will be discussed at an environment commission committee meeting today. If passed, any events at San Francisco parks, streets and festivals could become water-bottle free. Yipee!

Stay tuned for more on the bottled water ban…

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Here are the following seven contest participants who have graciously submitted pictures of their favorite or inspiring water destinations located around the world.

Being that each one of these photos is such an inspiration to you, we’ve decided to give each photo submission a MAVEA Water filtration pitcher! Congrats and thank you for sharing with Inspired Water.

Take a look at these amazing photos…

1- Epcoc Water Fountain, Florida

This is Epcot and one of the best places for water features …. the reason this place is special is because it reminds me of my childhood and how every time I went to Florida this place always was my favourite place right outside the imagination ride where you imagine can make anything happen. Once outside you come to this great water fountain which flows upwards but not downwards I always found this so amazing as a child and I still do. And last year I was able to take my own kids to see it for themselves and they also thought it was spectacular. This is so truly remarkable that water can flow upwards not just downwards this place has to be the most inspired place for water for me because its just not the norm which makes it so inspiring and magical…. for both adults and kids!

2- Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark, Texas

We would love to go to Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark in Texas, we’ve heard so much about it, but have never gone. We have three girls who would love to go!

3- Huntington Beach, California

This is a picture taken in June 2010 of the ocean in Huntington Beach Ca. We were on vacation and I found that it was so ironic that such beautiful scenery could be had with so many oil rigs in the backround. It is still a beautiful place to be every night at sunset.

4- Belle Isle Water Fountains, Michigan

This is a picture of our local park, Belle Isle water Fountains. This is an inspiring picture of the fountains during the day and night. I love it.

5- Round Valley Reservoir, New Jersey

One of my favorite water destinations is the lake where we fish. This picture was taken at Round Valley Reservoir in NJ. It’s special to me because it is the first fish my son caught. The lake is quite and relaxing and provides hours of family fun!

6- Lake Waloon, Michigan

Beautiful Lake Waloon in Northern Michigan. So beautiful. It’s home away from home.

7- Gilham's Fishing Resort; Krabi, Thailand

This is taken at Gilham’s fishing resort in Krabi, Thailand. My other half is really into fishing so this place gives us the best of both worlds – Its really off the beaten track meaning total peace and relaxation for me and fantastic fishing for him. It truly is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The wildlife and plants are gorgeous and the photo doesn’t really do it justice – We can’t wait to go back.

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