Slashing Waste with Two Green Businesses – Stylish, Cutting Edge Water Filtration

Hydros Water Filter Bottle - green businessesWe know that water is a serious environmental and social issue. The following two green enterprises are looking to tackle the problem of water-related waste, wish a social justice twist. These green businesses have created products that help reduce plastic water bottle and filtration-related waste so that you can drink more eco-responsibly, and both give back by donating a portion of their profits to nonprofits to spread the love.


Hydros Movement to Fight the Global Water Crisis

Hydros water filter bottle - green entrepreneurAmericans spent $15 billion last year on bottled water, but Hydros hopes to save consumers money and tackle the plastic bottle waste problem with their Filtering Water Bottle. Using a built-in water filter, you can get 450 gallons of filtered water for the price of a single bottle of water, and for every Hydros Filter, Americans keep 200 plastic water bottles from landfills.

The simple filtration concept starts by filling the bottle through the side port (the only bottle like it in the world!) at the tap, a water fountain, or any other potable water source. You then close the top and take it with you. The water is filtered quickly and easily as it enters into the bottle – so unlike other filter water bottle models, this one requires no squeezing or sucking to draw the water through the filter. This 100% Made in America bottle comes in five colors and has a fun twist cap for spill-free, but easy-access drinking on the go. The Hydros Filter Reclamation Program allows you to ensure your spent filter is recycled properly rather than ending up in a landfill. You can either recycle your filter at participating retail locations, or mail your filters to Hydros in Philadelphia.

The Hydros bottle boasts many health and environmental benefits: it’s BPA-free and phthalate-free, made in America, and removes off flavors using an activated carbon filtration system. It also includes the ANSI/NSF standard 42 water filter to reduce chlorine, chloramine, and particles. And it prevents the build-up of microbial contaminants using a natural, anti-microbial filter. It is also durable and dishwasher safe so it’s easy to clean and will last for years to come.

Perhaps best of all is that $1 from every purchase goes to supporting sustainable water infrastructure projects in developing countries through Engineers Without Borders.

The Only Compostable Water Filter – Kishu Natural Charcoal Filtration

Kishu Japanese water filter - green businessesThe Japanese have been filtering their water using a unique form of charcoal for centuries, and Kishu is now bringing the concept to the masses with their compostable water filtration system. The technique of creating the charcoal for this type of water filtration involves taking branches from holm oak trees that grow exclusively in Japanese Wakayama forests and slowly firing them in traditional kilns for several days. What results is a single piece of charcoal that usually lasts up to six months. And when it’s exhausted, the charcoal can simply be composted.

Extensively tested at the Colorado State University in their Soil, Water and Plant Testing Lab, the Kishu system has been shown to absorb toxins such as lead, mercury, chlorine, cadmium, and copper. And when you purchase a Kishu water filter, 2% of the profits are donated to, helping to spread the social goodness.

Both of these businesses recently were named in the Top 6 Green Businesses list for 2012.

This post was written by:

Maryruth Belsey Priebe

Maryruth has been seeking the keys to environmental justice - both at home and at work - for over a decade. Growing up adjacent to wild spaces, Maryruth developed a healthy respect (and whimsical appreciation) for things non-human, but her practical mind constantly draws her down to earth to ponder tangible solutions to complex eco-problems.

With interests that range from green living to green business, sustainable building designs to organic gardening practices, ecosystem restoration to environmental health, Maryruth has been exploring and writing about earth-matters for most of her life. Of special interest is the subject of ecopsychology and the role the natural world plays in the long-term health and well-being of humanity. You can learn more about Maryruth's work at

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  1. Hey Maryruth!

    I am blogger & SEO consultant. But really very fond of Wild life, Last month I was on a tour to Masai mara, and in those 20 days i had the good fortune of visiting Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda! it was an experience going to these countries, I purposely avoided the big cities, i went inside..

    I was amazed to see the rich cultural heritage they have, In-spite of having one of the biggest lakes, Lake Victoria nearby, they have a real problem of drinking water.

    I am trying to start a page on the pure drinking water fro the region, I am sure this Hydros Movement is going to be a very interesting and workable solution that we can help to offer them. I dont plan to collect money for them, just to create an awareness, I am sure it will help.. What do you think?

  2. Stephen Ross says:

    Making sure that every person on Earth has access to clean, potable water will be one of the more important social issues of the 21st century. Since many places in lesser-developed countries, especially in Africa, do not have easy access to a clean water source, making filtration and transportation more potable is very important. The ability to simply pour water into a bottle and for the impurities to be filtered out is ground-breaking, and opens the door for many others to drink clean water.

  3. Darin Spears says:

    I think I agree with Stephen, there is a huge amount of awareness needed and moreover the money that is being sent to those countries is going via diplomatic channels, hence on the way the money is being badly used and lost. So the proper awareness is seriously needed!

  4. david dawson says:

    Is there any indication of the cost per unit of these? It would be an interesting prospect of using it as a promotional item and printing sponsors logos on them.

    Are they available in the UK?

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