Boxed Water is Better (What about boxed wine?)

boxed water

Popping into a local quick shopper last week, I noticed single-serving size boxes of water in the cooler section, with the name “BOXED WATER IS BETTER” (  Reading the box taught me quite a bit.  Interestingly enough, boxed water is a better environmental choice than bottled water.  The Boxed Water company works with world water relief, reforestation and environmental projects to help achieve a positive impact on humanitarian and environmental efforts.  Water is perhaps the most valuable resource on our planet so it makes sense to be judicious in its use.  Also, 70% of the box is made up of a renewable resource, trees.  The trees used come from certified, well-managed forests.  Because the boxes are shipped flat to the filler, less fuel is used in transportation, which costs less and uses less energy, and in certain areas (luckily mine), the cartons are recyclable.  The Boxed Water is part of a group, 1% For the Planet.  These companies donate 1% of their annual net revenues to  environmental organizations around the world.  This might not sound like a lot, but Boxed Water is one of 1,200 companies in 48 countries contributing 1% of their sales directly to 3,300 organizations.  This has resulted in more than 100 million dollars going to protect our fragile environment.  And, if you post a picture of Boxed Water with #ReTree, they will plant 2 trees.  To date, they have planted over 206,000 trees, and their goal is to plant a million trees by 2020.  Don’t have it in your local store?  Ask them to carry it.  Or, you can buy it online.  Click on the above link for more information.

candy wrapper

Traveling on the Pennsylvania Turnpike to visit family, we frequently stop at the Sideling Hill service plaza for a snack or drink.  Gripped in the throes of what I euphemistically like to refer as a chocolate fit, I spotted chocolate bars from a project called TerraPass,  (    These candy bars are marketed by HMSHost, ( the corporation which manages restaurants in airports and along highways in the US.  According to its label, twenty-five cents from the sale proceeds will be used to fund the TerraPass carbon offset project.  When you think about it, almost everything we do in our modern world has an environmental impact, and as much as we try, it is nearly impossible to completely undo it.  It’s possible to purchase “offsets” through TerraPass, which are used to fund renewable energy projects and methane recapture projects.  You can actually go on the TerraPass website and purchase offset units of varying amounts and for various projects in order to undo some of the environmental damage we routinely do.  I apologize for the ratty-looking photo of the candy wrapper.  Apparently my “chocolate fit” got the best of me!


“The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away.”

Pablo Picasso

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