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Hydros Water Bottle and UPenn and Wharton Happy Earth Day everyone!

Today is the last day of our DT contest where you can win a Hydros bottle.

Hydros Bottle provides American consumers with access to great tasting, refreshing water on the go through a novel, fast flow filter built into reusable filtered water bottles. Their bottles are made from Tritan™, the same material used in Nalgene bottles, and a sophisticated filter that quickly removes chlorine, chloramines, and particulates.

To enter, all you need to do is COMMENT BELOW by clicking the "Post a comment" link at very bottom of either this DT post (by 4/22, 11:59 pm) or my original DT post about this contest on:
  • what else you are doing to go green or
  • what will you be doing in the coming year to go green? or
  • what else are you doing to help others go green? 

The more creative the better!

(FYI, you can also order your bottle online HERE)

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*Contest Details:
  • Only Penn undergrads, alumni, staff and newly accepted to Penn prospects can participate
  • Only comments posted on the site will count.  (Facebook comments will not count.)
  • In the post, please be sure to leave your first name, last name, class year.  I will contact winners via facebook.
  • A total of 3 winners will be chosen at random from eligible applicants to receive (via mail) 1 Hydros water bottle
  • Contest ends on Earth Day: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 11:59 pm
  • How the winners will be chosen:
    To decide the winners of this competition, Aakash Mathur and Jay Parekh, will determine the winner based on creativity and impact.  I will then contact the winner about his/her prize via facebook by Monday, April 26.  I will announce the winner on this blog soon after.

For other Penn folks who want to donate a prize for a future DT contest, email me at 


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  1. Unknown // April 22, 2010 at 7:39 AM  

    Perhaps the biggest challenge we face as we transition into the next decade is "going green." For a lot of people, this is just a catchphrase, an ambiguous collection of morals and ethical codes we have to abide by to ensure the longevity of our planet. But really, what it comes down to is a commitment. A comparatively small commitment on each of our parts to become more cognizant of the choices we make and how they effect the environment around us. Here are some ways I am being "green" and ways I intend to "go green" as the year progresses.

    -Reduce Energy Costs: Heating and cooling cost lots of money and are big environmental stressors. I try to set my thermostat lower, switch to flourescent light bulbs, unplug my appliances when I am not using them, wash clothes in cold water, and use a line to dry clothes.

    -Save Water: I have reduced shower time and plan on installing a low-flow shower head in my shower when I have my own place.

    -Conserve Gas: I enjoy walking and biking and try to do this whenever possible. Carpooling is a great way to cut down on pollution when traveling in cars is a necessity.

    -Eating: I always try to eat locally grown products as much as possible. Eating a lot of meat is a big environmental strain - and whenever you eat meat, always choose locally raised, humane, and organic meat.

    -Water: Water consumption doesn't just apply to the shower. I don't buy bottled water anymore. Instead, I use a Brita filter and use reusable bottles like Sigg and Nalgene.

    Borrowing or Buying Secondhand Products: We all want "new" stuff. But sometimes secondhand products are just as good, and they are always better for the environment. Garage sales, thrift stores, and consignment shops have great stuff. Borrowing library books is cheaper and more environmentally friendly than buying new books. And sharing things like tools helps too!

    Compost: I plan on saving all of my leftover foods (those that are natural without oils) and creating a compost pile. Compost is great for the earth and can, in turn, be used to fertilize plants and vegetables of your own.

    Here are a few other things I currently do or plan to do in the year:

    -Buy in bulk
    -Donate electronic items
    -Make my own cleaning supplies

    When thought about in this way, "going green" doesn't seem so daunting and is, in fact, a very obtainable goal. By making simple life changes, these decisions become habit and impact the greater global community in profound ways.

  2. camblog // April 22, 2010 at 7:56 AM  

    Al about walking places and taking public transportation.

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