Sunday, February 8, 2009

Watershed - Campaign for 1000

Join us in reducing the amount of plastic in our landfills and oceans. Whenever possible, we are now using extended-life, refillable water bottles instead of purchasing bottled water. Think of this: if you use 2 bottles per day x 7 days x 52 weeks that amounts to 728 bottles per year. We were actually using more than that. We calculate that between the two of us we used about 2500 per year. That is a huge amount of bottles!

This post marks the beginning of our Watershed - Campaign for 1000. Our goal is for 1000 people to join us. If we achieve this goal it could mean that anywhere from 700,000-1,000,000 bottles per year do not enter our landfills and oceans. End to end that is a string of bottles 100 miles (160 Km) long.

If you would like to participate, here is what you must do - commit to use a high-quality, reusable beverage bottle instead of purchasing water (and whenever possible other beverages) in disposable plastic bottles. Please email us your first and last name at when you have begun and we will add it to the list below.

Some Helpful Suggestions:
- Make sure your bottle is high quality and does not leach chemicals or petroleum byproducts into your water or beverage. One brand that we really love is SIGG. Another great brand is Nalgene. We've heard that Primus makes a great stainless steel bottle, but we have not tried it yet. Whatever you buy, make sure that they are BPA Free.
- Purchase a home water filtration system. This can be as simple as a Brita pitcher. Fill your bottle from it. Before you know it, it will be second nature.
- You may want to have a few different bottles and some different sizes for the members of your family and for different uses - gym, work, purse, hiking, skiing, travel, etc.

Here's the List - Be the Next
1)Mieke Nanes
2)Ezra Nanes
3)Kyu Kim
4)Stan Vermeulen
5)Geert alias Jos Vermeulen
6)Julie Van Der Hooft-Vermeulen
7)Nina Goldrich
8)Ian Goldrich
9)Molly Goldrich
10)Barbara Amstutz
11)Kitty Joe Ste-Marie
12)Luke Gebb
13)Sibyl Anthierens
15)Dave Marston
16)Nimmi Kalla
17)Saskia Verlinde
18)Ilia Verlinde
19)Susan Mandel
20)Alice Nanes
21)Marc Nanes
22)Jacqueline Yaokam
23)Anne Lorenzetti
24)Adam Naddelman
25)Dana Naddelman
26)Susan Levinson
27)Annie Bouillon
28)Geert Haeck
29)Michelle Cruz
30)Helene Lees
31)Sarah Levinson
32)Haley Slosberg
33)Noah Slosberg
34)Evi Pipers
35)James Yaker
36)Kricken Yaker
37)Sheldon Kawer
38)Tamara Kluger Jacobson
39)Els Haeck-Dendooven
40)Jurgen Dendooven
41)Loïc Dendooven
42)Thibo Dendooven
43)Allison Klein
44)Paul Hunter
45)Christina Hunter
46)Amy Ahlstrom
47)Allyson Ahlstrom
48)Anika Ahlstrom
49)Nicole Giordano
50)Alison Logrieco


  1. That's a Great yet simple idea ! Sign me up - Kyu Kim

  2. i'm in! (thanks to the beautiful sigg bottle you gave me for my birthday!) congrats on launching your blog. love you guys.

  3. sweeties,

    Our little Stan has a supernice SIGG-bottle with giraffs on it. So he's definitely in! Me and Jos still need to buy the bottle, but then we'll join

  4. You have been the inspiration for my sigg use - count me in! This is wonderful - congratulations on your launch! barbara xoxo

  5. First on my to do-list:
    Buy a SIGG-bottle :-)
    Count me in!
    Rein x

  6. I'm doing this for a couple of months now! and yes, it's a lifestyle, or should i say liefstyle... Great to hear from you. Sign me up as well!

    Sas (and although Ilia's a bit too wee to realise what it's all about, i'm sure he will thank us one day) x

  7. Wonderful blog. Count me in! Now I will go out and buy a real bottle!
    Love, Alice

  8. Got our Sigg bottles! - James & Kricken

  9. Hi Mieke & Ezra! This is Amy, Kitty's sis. I, along with my girls, use reusable water bottles. We have three rather generic ones, I'll have to check out your suggestions in more depth to make sure we have good ones. I hope all is well with you both. :)

  10. p.s. My girls are Allyson & Anika, if you need their names for your list.