International Day of Education

January 24th is the International Day of Education! This day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in celebration of the role of education for peace and development. As Nelson Mandela once said “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world,” and he wasn’t wrong! Without education, we couldn’t ensure significant improvements in health, technology or even innovation. To contribute to this day, we would like to educate our readers on the consumption of water by sharing some helpful tips and facts:

Millions of people lack access to clean water worldwide

Millions of people around the globe don’t have access to clean, healthy water. In some countries including certain remote areas of Thailand, water that comes from the tap isn’t even clean enough to drink. It is either polluted by agricultural, industrial operations, or full of harmful chemicals, like chlorine and this can cause some illness. It’s not even healthy enough to brush your teeth or taking a shower. So, in such countries, tap water should be avoided.

Water-related diseases cause 3.4 million deaths each year

As mentioned before, the lack of clean water worldwide triggers different diseases including Cholera, Guinea worm disease, Typhoid, and Dysentery. Children and people with low resources are more prone to get sick from the bad hygiene of water. Sad truth is, most of these water conditions’ related deaths and diseases could be prevented by spreading the word on the importance of good, hygienic water for healthy consumption in some regions and by providing water filter systems that could easily reduce bacteria and pathogens from water.

Water-related diseases cause 3.4 million deaths each year

As mentioned before, the lack of clean water worldwide triggers different diseases including Cholera, Guinea worm disease, Typhoid, and Dysentery. Children and people with low resources are more prone to get sick from the bad hygiene of water. Sad truth is, most of these water conditions’ related deaths and diseases could be prevented by spreading the word on the importance of good, hygienic water for healthy consumption in some regions and by providing water filter systems that could easily reduce bacteria and pathogens from water.

Plastic bottled water doesn’t contribute to the environment

Did you know the process of bottling water uses about 2.7 million tons of plastic each year? But that’s not all! Transporting bottled water to supermarkets and convenience stores contributes to air pollution and global warming due to the emissions of carbon dioxide. The worst part is that most plastic bottles end up being accumulated in big piles of waste or incinerated. Each time we buy a plastic bottle of water we must bear in mind that we are contributing to global warming, even if we recycle it.

A high percentage of bottled water actually comes from the tap

Surprised? Bottled water does not only contribute to plastic waste, but it is also not as healthy as you may think it is. Some brands of bottled water invest tons of money marketing a product that simply comes from the tap. So, they get money out of something you can actually get for free whenever you want. However, we strongly advise you not to drink water from the tap unless you are in developed countries with rigorous water monitoring. If you travel to a foreign country, make sure you do some research about tap water sources as you don’t want to get sick while travelling!

Water filters are a great solution to get unlimited clean water

We already know that water from the tap isn’t healthy to drink, and water from plastic bottles contribute to plastic waste and global warming. So, what’s the best option? Water filters! By having a water filter at home, you can have peace of mind that your family and you will always have clean, great-tasting and healthy water to drink. What’s great about these filters is that they are not expensive and they also help you save money in the long run. There are different types of filters depending on how much you would like to invest or what are your home conditions. If you live in a big home with kids, and you are not planning to move anytime soon you can invest in an under the counter filter. Otherwise, if you are the kind of person that tends to move from one house to another frequently, or want something simpler you can invest in an over the counter filter. For more information about our types of water filters, check out our shop page.

Remember, you can never be overeducated. The more we learn about general culture, technology, history or the events that happen around us, the better! Everyone has the right to get a good education, learn how to read, how to write and most importantly, how to make smart decisions. Be the change you want to see in the world!