More than a quarter of Americans avoid drinking tap water for fear of contamination.
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These were the findings of a recent survey of over 500 US households by TAPP Water – a Barcelona start-up that is looking to make tap water cleaner and healthier – which also found that in the past 10 years, consumption of water on plastic bottles doubled to 12.8 billion gallons in 2016. Households spent on average over $400 a year on bottled water, which also means a higher carbon footprint which also means they have a much-increased carbon footprint which comes with making and transporting those bottles.
“We are killing our oceans and planet,” says TAPP Water Co-founder Magnus Jern. “This year alone, plastic was found in a third of fish, and those individuals who eat seafood ingest up to 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic every year. We need to work together on a solution to this growing epidemic.”
In December TAPP Water launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to bring the world’s first fully biodegradable water cartridge to market. TAPP 2 is a Bluetooth-enabled IoT smart filter, and it quickly surpassed its $30,000 target.
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“Tap water, whether it’s filtered or unfiltered, is always the best alternative for the environment, concludes Jern. “There’s a monumental opportunity to educate consumers about the safety, health, cost and environmental benefits of consuming filtered, clean, tap water in their home.”
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