Help Keep Our Beaches and Oceans Clean

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Healthy oceans are the life support system for our planet providing 97% of the Earths livable habitat. In order to help keep our oceans and marine life sustainable, we need to keep our beaches clean.

Beaches are home to many creatures that depend on both land and sea to survive. Even sea creatures that live solely in the water are affected by polluted beaches when rubbish that accumulates on the beach is washed out with the tides. In addition to plastic and paper rubbish, chemical and human wastes on the beach also wash out to sea.

Plastic pollution impacts virtually every living organism in, or thriving off of, the oceans of our world.1 (https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/rethink-plastic/). Today many sea creatures that are found dead often have huge amounts of plastic debris in their internal organs.

Every person who visits a beach in any part of the world can help keep our beaches and oceans clean. We each can commit to making a difference and educating our children, so they can practice green behaviors from an early age. If you haven’t already started, this summer is a great time to take action:

  1. “Take 3 for the Sea” is an organization that teaches people to take three pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach or any waterway. By doing so, you will have made a difference. Participation in this program has burgeoned to 129 countries with 300,000 people educated in helping to make plastic pollution a thing of the past.2
  2. Don’t drink bottled water. (https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2019/06/03/stay-hydrated-the-smart-way/) More than one million plastic bottles are purchased every minute around the world. 3 They require large amounts of energy and water to produce, then end up clogging landfills.
  3. Use re-usable alternatives to plastic bottles. You can buy re-usable water bottles everywhere, but you can only purchase the PiMag®Water Bottle with the nano-technology filter system at Nikken. At home, you can make a difference by drinking filtered water from a PiMag Waterfall® – good for Active Wellness as well as minimizing your personal carbon footprint.
  4. Use re-usable tote bags and containers. Avoid buying food and other items wrapped in plastic. For example, when buying fresh food, buy whole fruit and vegetables instead of pre-cut, prepackaged versions wrapped in plastic. Carry out with your own totes.
  5. Decrease chemical usage as much as possible. Pesticides, fertilizers and weed killers are harmful for our oceans—the closer you live to the sea, the more likely those chemicals will end up there. About 245,000 square kilometers (about the size of the UK) are known as “dead zones” where marine life cannot survive, due to chemical poisons in the eco-system.
  6. Opt for mineral sunscreens or non-nano zinc oxide as the primary active ingredient. Chemicals such as oxybenzone and octinoxate that are commonly found in popular sunscreens are not eco-friendly. Once these chemicals make their way off beach bodies into the ocean, they can damage coral DNA. Sunscreens without these damaging chemicals are called “reef-safe.” 4
  7. Be careful what you flush down the toilet. Medicines have been detected in ground water and marine life. For example, 4500 wet wipes were found in a 154 square-meter portion of the River Thames in London in 2017, an example of what doesn’t break down in the flushing process. 5

Share your knowledge of eco-friendly habits with friends and family. The more people who commit to making a difference, the better chance we have of maintaining the lives of our beaches and oceans.

1 https://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/marine-animals-are-dying-because-of-our-plastic-trash/

2 https://www.take3.org/?gclid=CjwKCAjwg-DpBRBbEiwAEV1_-F4JC9qmJy35k0TPp6tB0pi5o-jQFIESz_NNK61DuzePtQM2QoFj_xoCpJsQAvD_BwE

3 https://www.take3.org/the-plastic-facts/

4 https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2019/05/25/4-ways-help-protect-ocean-beach-summer/?ea.tracking.id=19HPXGJAXX&gclid=CjwKCAjwg-DpBRBbEiwAEV1_-NIxzfGU-rDeqiEyBfzBtl-AOOB3v8vGZ9Ekzb0xAswuQwI2d1A-vBoCL9EQAvD_BwE

5 http://mentalfloss.com/article/546495/things-you-can-do-help-keep-oceans-clean

31st July 2019

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Stay Hydrated the Smart Way…

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Most of us have drunk pre-bottled water at some time. It’s sold everywhere – in supermarkets, corner shops, concert venues, theaters, etc. Can we even imagine not drinking pre-bottled water? Realistically, it’s important not only to imagine it, but also imperative to start practicing it. Planet Earth depends on us.

According to a new European Environment Agency (EEA) report, between 75 and 96 % of the assessed area of Europe’s regional seas have a contamination problem.1

Although most people are led to think of bottled water as being healthier than tap water, bottled water is not subjected to the same high level of scrutiny and regulation that the government mandates for tap water. In fact, the chemical pollution standards for bottled water and tap water are nearly identical – most brands of bottled water are simply filtered tap water.

Water is life and an Active Wellness lifestyle requires drinking plenty to maintain a healthy body. We also owe it to ourselves and future generations to minimize waste in order to save the environment. Producing less plastic waste bybreaking the bottled water habit is key to this effort.

Here’s why:

  • In 2015 in Europe, 1,8 million tones of PET bottles were collected and recycled; this represents only 59% of the bottles sold on the market.2
  • Along with plastic bags, plastic bottles are the most prevalent source of pollution found on our beaches and shores. Each year, plastic bottles are in the top 10 litters most found on coastline during collections in Europe. 3
  • Once you add in the water needed to manufacture paper labels and transportation fuel, it actually takes closer to six bottles of water to produce one liter of bottled water.4
  • From production to disposal, plastic water bottles contribute to air pollution. And many of the chemicals that go into their production continue to leach out into the air and into the water they hold.

Get used to taking a reusable water bottle when on-the-road and using a countertop water filter at home. Filtering tap water at home and from water fountains elsewhere can help remove impurities and make water safer to drink. Pathogens, dirt, chemicals and other contaminants are effectively removed by micro-, ultra- and nano-filters.5

As we look forward to other innovations, we can all contribute to the wellbeing of the environment by drinking filtered water instead of pre-bottled water.

Nikken is a pioneer in water filtration and helps us break the bottled water habit. The PiMag® Water Bottle and the PiMag® Waterfall feature state-of-the-art filtration that exceeds NSF standards. Both feature multiple filtration systems that help remove chloramine, chlorine, cysts, lead and bacteria.

1. https://www.eea.europa.eu/signals/signals-2018-content-list/articles/close-up-2014-an-ocean
2,3. https://surfrider.eu/en/le-blog/plastic-bottles-key-figures-environmental-disaster/
4. https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2013/10/28/241419373/how-much-water-actually-goes-into-making-a-bottle-of-water?ft=1&f=1007
5. https://www.livestrong.com/article/152739-water-purification-advantages-disadvanages/

3rd June 2019

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Drink Water To Improve Well Being…

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Water makes up more than two-thirds of our body weight, which is why it’s essential to stay hydrated. Approximately 50 – 70 % of our body is made up of water. Water plays an essential role in every part of our bodies and the processes that they go through. Whether it is digestion, absorption, circulation, the maintenance of body temperature, or the transportation of nutrients, water is there to help things go smoothly.

According to The Eatwell Guidefrom NHS England, the government recommends the consumption of 6 to 8 cups or glasses a day. Common sense dictates that the more we exercise, the more water we need to drink.

Here are a few of many benefits of drinking water:

1. Increases energy levels. Since the brain is mostly made of water, hydrating it will help us concentrate and be more alert.

2. Promotes weight loss. Water boosts the metabolism that will result in various health benefits such as weight loss.

3. Helps improve skin complexion. The skin is the largest organof the bodyand its role is toprotect usfrom microbes and the elements. It also helps regulate body temperature and permits the sensations of touch, heat, and cold. Therefore, keeping it hydrated is a must.

4. Boosts the immune system. According to Fit Day2, water can help strengthen the immune system by carrying oxygen to the body’s cells and it flushes harmful toxins from the body.

5. Promotes a healthy digestive system. Drinking water during or after a meal aids digestion. Water is essential for good health. Water and other liquids help break down food so that the body can absorb the nutrients.

The simplest way to ensure that you stay hydrated is to carry a water bottle. It’ll serve as a reminder to drink water throughout the day, whether you’re outdoors or sitting at your desk. Cold water can be especially refreshing and help you stay alert. Hot water, either alone or in a cup of green tea, can help calm and relax you in the evenings.

Keeping a PiMag® Water Bottle with you at all times is the smart way to stay hydrated as part of your Active Wellness lifestyle. You can fill it up with tap water and the patented micro filter will automatically help remove sediment, reduce chlorine and lead. PiMag® water technology adds natural minerals and helps adjust the pH value to 8.5-9.5, an alkaline range that helps counterbalance our acidic environment. In addition to its benefits to us physically, PiMag® water is so much cheaper than purchased bottled water, and is environmentally responsible.

The bottle itself is biodegradable and contains no BPA or other potentially harmful compounds. The filter components are replaceable, further extending the life of the bottle — by using the PiMag® Water Bottle, you’re helping to reduce the impact on landfill waste caused by disposable water bottles.

SPECIAL OFFER

To support World Water Day on Friday the 22nd March, the Nikken PiMag® Water Bottle (#11375) is reduced by 50 % until the 31stMarch 2019.

1. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/the-eatwell-guide/
2. https://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/5-immune-system-benefits-of-drinking-water.html

18th March 2019

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The value of water…

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Whilst planet Earth is primarily covered in water, only 3% of it is fresh! Yet this 3% provides the worlds drinking water and delivers food through fishing and crop irrigation, along with many other key functions. The world’s water supply is a major concern and it’s not just plants and animals that are at risk.  Issues of water scarcity and poor water quality could have serious social and economic consequences too.1

Life is full of things we can’t control, but there are conscious decisions we can make and follow through on. Living with Active Wellness is within our personal control and drinking PiMag® filtered water is a positive step towards Active Wellness.

The new Water Pack, launched as part of the Wellness Home Packs range on 1st August, can help address the maintenance of an Active Wellness lifestyle in light of the worlds increasing water concern. Each Water Pack contains advanced water filtration products including:

  • PiMag WaterFall® System plus Filter Pack
  • PiMag® Water Bottle plus two Bottle Filter Packs
  • PiMag® MicroJet Shower plus Filter Replacement

Purchasing the Wellness Home Water Pack is a major step towards helping improve the water quality in your home, plus you’ll save 10% more than on individual product purchases.  The PiMag® MicroJet Shower and the PiMag Waterfall® both provide a means towards improved drinking and bathing water, but what happens when you leave home?

The reusable Nikken PiMag® Water Bottle, with filter, enables you to drink PiMag® water wherever you are. The bottle is made from BPA free resin and is fully biodegradable, breaking down into natural biomass that contributes to the soils nutrients.

Whoever is concerned about living well will want a Water Pack. Share It with everyone.

Summer Dash: If you successfully completed the Summer Dash (by achieving 500 PPV in July), you qualify to purchase and/or sell any of the new Wellness Home Packs and receive free shipping for the entire month of August (Terms & Conditions apply, visit the Virtual Office or ask Customer Services for details).

  1. https://www.worldwildlife.org/blogs/sustainability-works/posts/the-value-of-water

Water Pack (#88320)
PiMag Waterfall® (#1384)
PiMag® MicroJet Shower (#1466)
PiMag® Water Bottle (#11375)

Note: The bottle is to be used with potable, municipally treated water. Do not try to use it to filter water from streams, rivers etc.

7th August 2018

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