water: bottle vs. filter

October 15, 2008

Americans send billions of water bottles to landfills each year. On tour, bottled water is an easy and sometimes necessary solution…but I recently thought about the number of bottles in the trash, and wondered if there is a way to do better.

The topic is a bit of a worm-hole…if we’re on tour outside the country, drinking the tap water can actually get you sick (thank you, Tijuana). I think most people are OK with their own local water, but as soon as you leave home, tap water can taste weird…for example, to me New York water is totally sketchy (it tastes the way the subway smells).

Bottled, filtered local tap water has its own problems ($1.50+ for a product I can for free at home? Plus, it tastes like dirt).

On the other end of the spectrum, a lot of people here in the U.S. drink bottled waters that are flown halfway across the world. I started wondering about the waste it is creating (jet fuel, shipping truck emissions, cardboard & plastic packaging).

So what’s the best option? I don’t really know yet. I’m going to try to start bringing a small water filter on tour. I have a water filter at home that I use regularly, so I don’t use many bottles at home, and it works really well. Someone needs to invent a sports bottle with a built-in filter…

Britta started this interesting campaign to promote filtering your own water. Pretty cool. Check them out here:

http://www.filterforgood.com/index.php


Incidentally, I just realized I never officially blogged about the Music For Relief t-shirts I designed. You can check them out and purchase one here:
http://bandmerch.seenon.com/detail.php?p=58965&v=musicforrelief

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mike

mike

83 Comments

  1. Eamer on February 26, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    I found this article earlier today which kind of links to this blog post so thought i would share it woth you and other members as so many people are clueless when it comes to recycling of plastics. So check it out at http://www.valcorerecycling.org/affair/archives/2002-08-04.htm
    thanks

  2. traveller on October 23, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Mike, you are my hero! I knew I could not be wrong falling for Linkin Park 7 years ago. I think it is great that after achieving such an international status, you (I mean the whole LP) are so down to Earth (in all meanings).
    You, Mike, should be a role model for all the famous people out there. People listen to you more and tend to follow in your footsteps. You have inspired me to look for charity work. Thanx, Mike.

  3. maria on October 20, 2008 at 8:17 am

    Well, there are many suggestions or measures that can be taken due to the environment) protection).
    I think that the filter is only a way from the tunnel without an end). Brita Filter that I’ve got too, really can help, to my mind, at least make water more clean). But it’s up to you to decide what filter to choose to drain water).

  4. soyuneik on October 20, 2008 at 3:40 am

    Yea I got the Brita Filter. Without it, I might as well be drinking bleach. Delaware’s water is horrible. Uh Recycling.. turns out its not as great for the environment as they made it out to be. (E.g. Takes more energy creates more pollution then landfill dumping) Oh yea, Brita has a pitcher with a built in filter.

  5. asianotter on October 18, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Personal water purifiers! Check it out for a 26 oz.water bottle purification system: http://www.purwaterfilter.com/exorwatbotpu.html OR for a 34 oz. Colbalt blue water bottle: http://www.purwaterfilter.com/exxrwabopusy.html

  6. Ameen__ on October 18, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Wait but mike cant u recycle bottles? isnt that ok 2? or is that worse than using a reuseable bottle? im just asking hope none of u guys get mad at me =(

  7. axrinekey on October 18, 2008 at 2:52 am

    You’re such an environmentalist!!

    Ah well, my house’s water tastes sweet…

    But it wouldn’t be really convenient for you to bring a filter everywhere!
    It would be a little weird, don’t you think?
    Hahaha!

    Oh oh! The shirt’s is nice🙂
    And I see the robots again! xD

  8. tinkerbella26 on October 17, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    It’s so weird that you wrote this blog because our local newspaper just printed an article about how unsafe bottled water actually is. Needless to say, after I read this articale, I decided to go out and buy a Brita filter…

    http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/nationalworld/stories/2008/10/15/badbottlewater1015.ARTART10-15-08A3EFBJTEU.html?sid=101

  9. Lee on October 17, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    I know what you mean. Whenever I drink bottled water, I always feel guilty whenever I throw it in the trash. And the tap water is nasty since I live in New York only a short distance away from the city, so I know exactly what you mean by that subway taste. Sometimes I wonder if the cesspool somehow mixes with the water pipes… I’ll just stop there.

    It’s great how you’re going green like that. Not only are you helping out the environment, but you’re improving your own health too. And to some of the band members (Chester? No, really?), that could be a really great thing.

  10. sasummsumm on October 17, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    um…how about using tetra pak s ? :D… i only drink out of tetra paks XD…and the water here in bavaria is clean…i know how water smells in italy or so…
    god i don’t want to think of lp drinkin all the bad water on tour or sumthin XD…
    then chester would get sick or sumthin XD…
    and you know –hands off ice cubes in other countrys — ; )

    i use too much sumthin XD…actually it’s something😄 arg

  11. underthewaves on October 17, 2008 at 10:28 am

    We have a water filter built into our fridge and another under our kitchen counter to filter out more than what the fridge filter does. We do use water bottles, but re-use them throughout the week and recycle them at the end of the week. If we could find a good re-usable water bottle that doesn’t leak, we could stop using the other ones. We have tried buying different types and none of them have been a successful replacement for the bottled-water bottles.

  12. Susi1 on October 17, 2008 at 10:02 am

  13. Esaul on October 17, 2008 at 6:26 am

    I have to filter water cuz we have lead pipes. Britta filters are good, but you have to replace the filters every so often, and I don’t think you can recycle them…

  14. Lori on October 17, 2008 at 6:24 am

    where i am, tap water doesnt taste bad, i mean you can tell the difference between that and bottled but its not any worse or better – just different. i buy a bottle of water and then tend to refill it with tap water for a few weeks.

  15. Hawaii_LP_fan on October 16, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Where I live, it’s mandatory we recycle. When I purchase bottled water, soda, juices, an automatic beverage fee is added to the cost for each item I purchase. It ranges from .06 to .08 cents. We have recycle centers here locally. Fortunately the water here in Hawaii tastes good & dosen’t smell like stinky chlorine. When I travel I have no choice but to buy bottled. I bring it back w/me because I feel guilty tossing it in the trash. Haha, I pack my trash in the suitcase & take it home.🙂

  16. ninguem on October 16, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    tap water is so bad, only the smell you can “see” the “quality”, i always buy bottles of 5l or more, but is only for me, i had filter for a few years, but comes one time which the water can taste like “mud” (ok, i never ate mud, but i knew the smell, so i can “feel” how is), but one question, your filter is on the tap or is this http://images.jacotei.com.br/grd/479175.jpg or this http://www.acqualeve.com.br/produtos/purificadores/Fitgrande.jpg

    and one filter on tour isn’t a good idea, because is for 6 people, and they need drink a lot of water or you want kill your bandmates?

  17. IGrabbedChestersWrist on October 16, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    I hate all tap water. You can either taste chlorine or metal in it. I drink a lot of Poland Spring just because it tastes better than tap water. I recently bought a distiller because I got sick of carrying gallons of water and then dumping a huge barrel of them out on garbage/recycle night. Plus like you said, it’s cheaper to do it yourself.
    You might want to just Google “Water Distillers” because they do make them compact enough to travel with. As shown here:
    http://www.2-life.com/site/waterwise_distillers.html
    Quick explanation of them here:
    http://www.tribest.com/purewise.asp
    Some people say it tastes kind of blah though. But they’re probably used to tap water or cheap spring water.

  18. Ezza on October 16, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    about the drink bottle with a built in filter…one of my friends had one a couple of years ago but for the life of me i cant remember where she got it… it might have been a tupperware thing but im not sure…and im pretty sure she went through about 2 of them in a year because she broke them…. then again that’s better than throwing away a bottle after every use.

  19. BoC on October 16, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Yeah. The tap water here (Florida) is kind of iffy… At my house we have a filter in our sink and we have bottles that we fill up with water.
    As far as tour, I don’t know what the solution is. You could make it so that everyone had to drink filtered water out of a reuseable bottle, but that seems like it would be a lot of work. When you’re traveling bottled water is much more convenient. I think that if you must use bottled water you should at least recycle because that’s doing something.

  20. Zara on October 16, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    I watched a documentary about bottled and tap water.In the UK there are standards tap water has to be at however such standards aren’t in place for bottled water.They were also saying that any bottled water labelled “natural” or something similar is just water straight out of the tap it hasn’t been specially filtered or anything. Then they did a little experiment where the guy bottled up tap water from his house, put a label on it and gave it out to people on the street to test the new brand of bottled water; most people preferred it to the water that they could buy in shops. Saying that however I know what you mean, when I moved for university I didn’t like the water here at all.

  21. FCastro on October 16, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    I’m glad the Brazilian water is alright 😀

  22. LPFanatick on October 16, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Speaking of sending billions of water bottles to landfills each year, there is a very well represented animation regarding story of stuff (read garbage) by Annie Leonard. Might have already watched it. But check it out at http://www.storyofstuff.com/

    I prefer boiled water to filtered or bottled water.

  23. msgirl on October 16, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    wow……..how nice t-shirt…..🙂🙂

  24. caleb_bozeman on October 16, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    I’m fine with the water here in Oregon but when I visit family in Guatemala I always drink bottled water because tap water is contaminated down there. I think the only difference is that the companies who make the bottled water are s*****n you by charging you two bucks (sometimes they even charge me at fast-food places). If bottled water doesn’t make you sick or anything it shouldn’t be a problem. Mike this is gonna sound weird because it’s not about the subject but in the 90’s when the west coast, east coast rap feud happened who’s side were you on?

  25. NataliaForgotten on October 16, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    We always used a filter at home, I think here in Brazil it’s actually a habit. Anyway, I don’t like to drink bottled water at home, it’s weird for me…😛

  26. MS_Ineedyou on October 16, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Hey Mike. I hope you and Anna are doing well.🙂 I think that drinking bottled water can be very useful because i mean, like, who want want to bring a glass of water somewhere ? But it is also bad for the environment because millions of people don’t even recycle. You’re blogs are very interesting…. I read these over watching the news xDDD. I’m on backorder for one of you’re Music For Relief shirts. Filters would be VERY helpful and less wasteful. What is your whole view on pollution and stuff like this… Are you trying to help it ? I mean like i know you already are but will you continue ?

  27. ShadowerLiltani on October 16, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    I used to be so into those flavored bottled waters, and was thinking of actually drinking them again… Now realizing how much garbage they accumulate, I’ll hold off on that. This is a very informative blog, reading your posts is better than watching the news or reading the local newspaper. My one true link to civilization as we know it. Maybe you guys can get those big gatorade water containers for every tent during Projekt Revolution, so they’ll hand out cups and people can grab some water while they bust moves on games. It’s good for customer service, too. And make sure it’s free.

  28. durg on October 16, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    hmm.. i never drink bottled water, but i have to agree that other places water is always kindof weird, like my best friend right down the road from me has well water thats totally normal to her but i cant drink it without gagging.😄
    but i think water from wherever is better in the long run than bottled water, i mean it takes so much friggin plastic & whatnot like you said but it doesnt even taste right half the time either. everytime i get a bottled water from school or something it tastes weird to me anyway, so i just stick with water from my fridge. :p
    & hey, if the water somewhere gets you sick it just is working up your immune system right? haha, & no plastic needed!

  29. Rez on October 16, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Hi Mike. I commend you for all that you and the band have done for the environment. The only problem I have with your entry is the importing of bottled water. We live in a global economy where everything is dependent on everything else. That person making that bottle,tv,shoe,pants, and etc., depend on us for their livelihood. If America and other industrial nations stop importing goods from other countries like China and other developing countries it would be disastrous. You are essentially putting someone out of a job that they need to survive. Mike, you are in a position of influence and a lot of people look up to you. I hope that you will take the time to consider what I have said here.

  30. Melinahites on October 16, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    i must admit…. i drink tons of bottled water…. cant stand the taste of the local water (honestly it tastes like there is chlorine in it)….it makes me so sick…. espically after doing something like soccer or gym class or anything like that …but i always recycle so ya…. plastic bottles i use don’t end up in the landfill…. Britta filters are awesome…. i just don’t drink any water where i live….
    dumb thought…. Does water even really have a taste?

  31. NeneLP88 on October 16, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    When there’s no risk of sickness, it’s just a matter of habits.

    In my family we’ve always been drinking tap water. But here water is good in taste and all that stuff. In the town where i study i do that too, even though it tastes like..drain! =S i’m like “wtf, why to pay if i can have this for free?”😉 But i know people who get shocked when i tell them i drink tap water. Because they think kind of like you are gonna die young if you do that =/

    Solutions may be: glass bottles (here, a society comes once a week: it picks up empty bottles and delivers filled ones. i mean, the bottles are not recycled but sterilized), people who finally learn how to recycle, but that’s too hard. =/

  32. asianotter on October 16, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    I use a filter at home too. The water in my area has sketchy metallic taste and the filter does a pretty good job. But, the dilema of the best option when you are traveling or on the go? . . . jury is still out on that one. In the U.S. alone there are more thatn 100,000 plastic bottles thrown in to landfill each day!!! I would love to see a filtered water bottle but till then, a stainless steel water bottle is my solution. Keeps the water cold for hours and is more sturdy than plastic.
    Love my 2 MFR Entites tees. Thanks for the sick design!

  33. Diana_LP_adicted on October 16, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    I HAVE A WATER FILTER AT HOME TOO!! IT WAS A LITLE BIT EXPENSIVE…BUT IS FRIEND OF THE ENVIRONMENT …BOTTLE VERSUS FILTER…..WELL FILTER ABSOLUTLY WINS!!! LOL…..I’M ANSCIOUSLY WAITING FOR THE NEW DVD…WILL COME TO PORTUGAL LATER…BUT WHEN IT COMES HERE I WILL BUY IT THE FASTER I CAN^^. MUCH REPECT=D DIANA

  34. bec on October 16, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    I completely understand what you’re saying about water tasting like sewage – I’m from the mountains in Wales where tap water is fresh and good – I moved to London and I don’t even feel comfortable watering my plants with what comes out of the tap! I use the britta filter here.

    I’d advise not drinking tap water in Southern Europe, Vietnam or China unless you want an upset stomach.

    Japanese water is perfectly healthy from the tap, but there is no Flourine so make sure you have floride in your toothpaste. Although if you are there in the summer, drink pokari sweat as it puts the salts back into your system…and then recycle the plastic bottles!

  35. Sammy on October 16, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Britta is really great ! We have one here at home cause here in germany the water is although clean but there is still lime and other hidden harmful substances in it and this can be banefull for the health.

  36. Mikeshi_Linkfort on October 16, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Water-important an element of a life and consequently it is necessary cares of her cleanliness. In cities from the crane the chlorinated water flows and it is really bad. On the Earth every day ever less than fresh water. A unique exit to think up an effective way of a filtration, and also he should be accessible much. I hope development of nano-technologies will help to solve this problem.
    P.S. I very much would wish to have a vest with your design, but I have no an opportunity her to get = (

  37. Anna_4 on October 16, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    yeah, I agree..
    t-shirts desing is very, very cool!! =D
    love yOu ^^;

  38. ZU13KA on October 16, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Its great that this has gotten some blog space o mighty earth warrior(or should it be worrier,hmm?…):P anyway i read somewhere that the reason people find water from other places is because they get used to d minerals,bcteria even the chemicals in it and is why people get funky reactions to drinkin in diff places. but ur right tho its crazy how much people spend and in effect waste when it comes to bottled water. and just downright sad.but enough wit d doom n gloom love the tees but am broke, oh and yday woz blog action day 08 and woz wndering if u took part the topic woz poverty. lots of love and hope chester is feeling better… laters.

  39. Henna on October 16, 2008 at 11:22 am

    hey mike yeah i agree, there is too much plastic waste and people should use filters. i take tap water 2 school everyday simply because it’s conveniant and tastes fine 2 me. people say it’s easier 2 buy bottled water but theres nothing difficult in filling ur bottle with filtered water before u leave home is there?
    oh and nice t-shirt design, mayb u could make more varied designs too? that’d b great!. . xxx

  40. zahra on October 16, 2008 at 10:47 am

    ya nice that u notice this… its very sad that ppl get sick becuz of the water and about the t-shirt s , i love them ! their like soo sooo cool!

  41. rockermeg on October 16, 2008 at 10:33 am

    And also, when you leave plastic bottles out in the sun/if they are in a warm place for too long(ie. on shelves in stores) the plastic starts to melt and chemicals seep into the water🙂
    I know what you mean about different tap water-I like the tap water in the north of England because they’re closer to the Pennines and so its fresher, but down here I’m used to the tap water. And I just went to Turkey and I thought the tap water there was nasty!
    I need some help with homework Mike! “Choose a musician/actor/celebrity and assess where they get their values from”
    So,Mike…what are your values and where do you get them from?? =D
    xxx

  42. ManBearPig on October 16, 2008 at 10:20 am

    But then you have to think of the plastic required to make the replaceable filters, the materials used to actually filter the water (charcoal, resins etc.). These things need to be processed, and then shipped to a separate location to be added to the plastic (petroleum-based products FTL) devices, and then packaged in more plastic and cardboard. These need to be replaced every month or two. So, really, you’re in the same boat. Personally, I use tap water and my metal bottle. No bisphenol A, no mangy bacteria growth and you just look badass.

  43. burningdaylight on October 16, 2008 at 9:59 am

    hey mike – just as an FYI, brita has water pitchers (w/a filter in it!) that can easily fit in a mini-fridge. you can get them @ walmart or target (and, if you want flavored water, brita also has some flavor filters too) for like $20-$30.
    also – if you are going to get a refillable water bottle – camelbak has some awesome ones that are BPE free.
    ps: can you tell us how chester’s doing please? breaks out the puppy eyes

  44. Umi on October 16, 2008 at 9:34 am

    I just remember, that, when I’ve been to Houston, my host sister some friends of her and me went to the movies and I chose to drink water instead of coke (since it was free)… and it tasted awful >.< There was so much chlorine in it… I told my host sis ‘This tastes like the water in our outdoor swimming pools in Germany’ and her answer was just a ‘WOW, you’ve got clean swimming pool water there!’… All in all I’m not a big water drinking fan at all, so I didn’t have a problem with not drinking it again there lol

  45. komi on October 16, 2008 at 9:25 am

    im really glad that you notice this, mike. water filters are good solution but people are too lazy to use it. is it more comfortable to buy a new bottle and then throw it to the trash….

  46. Kalini on October 16, 2008 at 9:06 am

    We use bottled water, too, but we just know that there are companies, which are specialised in recycling and recovery and that’s all. People just don’t know about Brita. Talking about the “Go Green” products, Mike are you interested in the Solar cells? It’s a way to use less electricity: http://www.howstuffworks.com/solar-cell.htm. Installing solar panels in an existing home is expensive, but if the architects include solar panels in the new residential projects, people could start using them. Krassie K.

  47. cyco_green_monkey on October 16, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Penn & Teller did an episode BS! on bottled water, totally hilarious. Anyone who has never seen the show should check it out, a lot of the episodes are up on youtube, but some are edited. I’m not sure if the Feng Shui/Bottled water episode is up, but it’s a great show anyway. WARNING: The show “Penn & Teller: BS” does contain swearing and nudity.

  48. LPLibrarian on October 16, 2008 at 8:39 am

    WATER: BOTTLE VS. FILTER – I think we are all guilty of overusing bottled water. I have seen the Brita commercials on television and think they are pretty effective.
    WIKIPEDIA – I’m a librarian at a university and appreciate that you wrote that Wikipedia should not be the only source for research. The university spends thousands of dollars on databases and librarians are willing to show students search methods. Have you seen the disclaimer page on Wikipedia? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:General_disclaimer

  49. noidea on October 16, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Ha Ha!!! I use Brita filter everyday for several years. It works really well.
    As for traveling, most of the time I just use the tap water and boil it. Then it is fine.
    The reason you get sick when you drink tap water in different countries is because the E. coli is slightly different in different area. That’s what I learned in my microbiology class.
    People get used to the bacteria in their home town but not immune to the bacteria in other places.
    Boil the water before you drink it. It’s not good that you guys get sick before the show because of drinking tap water. That will be quite funny. LPTV: we get sick because of tap water XDXD.

  50. lucky_cat on October 16, 2008 at 8:24 am

    There are big problems with plastic-garbage, especially in the Pacific. I think you know about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Here is a site about that problem: http://science.howstuffworks.com/great-pacific-garbage-patch.htm
    An other good idea is to use bioplastics. They are biodegradable. I think this could be a potential market. For more information: http://www.bioplastics24.com/content/view/111/110/lang,en/
    And for you as a Californian I found this: http://www.cawrecycles.org/issues/plastic_bottles

  51. SinisterNL on October 16, 2008 at 7:42 am

    Hee Mike, when did u actually start drawing in your unique painting/drawing style? did u always painted like this or did u started in the Fort Minor Era? pz, SinisterNL LPU

  52. Yves on October 16, 2008 at 7:11 am

    I think the problem about the waste ist that drinking water from a bottle became a lifestyle. Maybe it’s because musicians and sport stars are always drinking water😀 I guess most people buy those bottles even if the quality of their tap water is better.
    I live in Switzerland and we have a weird situation here. We probably have the best tap water qualtity in Europe, you don’t smell anything, but we buy tons of water from around the world.
    In the last two weeks I was in Spain (Valencia, Barcelona) and I wasn’t able to drink the tap water. So I bought every evening water bottles for the next day.

  53. YuN_RoCks on October 16, 2008 at 6:59 am

    in Italy we actually always drink tap water, here in Rome actually it tastes damn good. when travelling I use to do the same and never had problems..sometimes I buy small bottles though. anyway, I agree with you on the recycling issue, I mean, it’s better if we use less bottles and plastic, no doubt! I think that people are not so into the recycling mode and that’s really bad. it would be a huge step forward if people would just begin recycling, but people act like they don’t care.

  54. Gabry94LinkinParkfan23 on October 16, 2008 at 6:47 am

    thats a great idea, even tought in italy there arent many problems about water. but here we usually buy buttled water… i know somebody is gonna (or its yet) get sick 4 the water not filtered nd i think thats horrible, Mike. oh, nd about the music 4 reliefe’s t-shirt.. i really love it!!!🙂

  55. Dun on October 16, 2008 at 6:37 am

    save water? so drink bear! xD

    i haven’t travelled a lot (just around my country-poland) but i’ve drunk a lot of tap water wich wasn’t boiled or filtered and – i can say – it was much better than bottled😉

  56. LPROCKS on October 16, 2008 at 6:23 am

    Oh Please! after drinkin tap water in my country (Peru) for 18 years I guess I am immune now, filtered water is a plus, i don’t mind tap water at all. I think our children’s children and so on… will get sick of everything and it will only get worst as humans will not tolerate anything….😉 i hope not…

  57. drpd1 on October 16, 2008 at 6:12 am

    We use boiled and filtered water at home here in Sikkim,India. When we travel, we have to buy bottled water because portable filters arn’t available here and water tastes really bad elsewhere anyways

  58. skindesbous on October 16, 2008 at 5:53 am

    A friend of mine told me that her mum and brother couldn’t drink tap water there in LA (they are from South America), so they had to drink bottled water. I have a Britta at home, is really useful, wish something like that could be done with bottles ._.

  59. MissNatalie1984 on October 16, 2008 at 5:27 am

    it’s true about tap water tasting funky when you go to another state, let alone another country!

    but as previously mentioned, Australia already has a filtered water bottle.

    as for there being so many water bottles in the trash, have people not heard of recycling?

  60. Janni_Loves_LP on October 16, 2008 at 5:21 am

    Great idea.. But since I live in Denmark I almost never buy bottled water. We’re known for having some of the cleanest tap water in the world. Recently a group of chinese scientists visited Denmark to do some research on how they could make their water cleaner. But if you live in the U.S, I think it’s definately a good solution. My cousin studied in New York she said the thing she missed the most was to drink water that didn’t taste like sewage xP hehe..

  61. Wello on October 16, 2008 at 5:03 am

    Mike. All you have to do is get some gravel and rock and put it in the bottom of (1) water bottle. Turn the bottle upside down and cut off the bottom. Then put some grass mesh or cotton material to cover the bottom. Then you’re ready to run through the top, creek water -=!FILTERED!=-. DELICIOUS! It’s very simple and can last you a life time with only (1) water bottle. However, you may want to switch out the grass mesh or cotton every once and a while. 😉

  62. Shinodabestfriend on October 16, 2008 at 5:02 am

    wooow!!!!! was this the shirt? o.o

  63. ruru87 on October 16, 2008 at 4:13 am

    I never drink tap water cause I don’t like the way it smell. for the water bottles, I always make sure to send them to a place where they can collect the bottles. those bottles will be recycled. most of the water bottles can be recycled, so I think the water bottles will not be just trash.

  64. merve on October 16, 2008 at 3:05 am

    we dont have water problem in my country,tap water is clean and good for drinking,also we have filter at home.but i use bottled water in my college campus in Cyprus.

  65. sassi_lp on October 16, 2008 at 2:36 am

    Well I’ve been filtering my water with the help of Brita for like 3 years and I guess I used approx. 80% less bottles than I used to, so it really is worth the investment of those couple of dollars for the filters.
    AND at least you know what exactly happens with your water, you never know with those bottles.

  66. Neil on October 16, 2008 at 2:22 am

    Yeah i live in Australia and LP_Ann is right except its not just Brita now. there are about 3-4 companies that make a filtered sports bottle because they are a great idea. They cost a bit more but are really worth it. I personally rarely buy bottled water cause it is such a waste. i cant really taste much difference in between states.

  67. keineAhnung on October 16, 2008 at 1:50 am

    I don’t need a filter here, but I think it’s maybe a great option if you want to reduce your waste…but, about the water bottles: most of them will be recycled (or maybe even better upcycled🙂 ), nowadays almost every bottle contains some percentage of recyclate (not b/c everybody’s going green but b/c it’s way cheaper)…so, it’s not THAT bad

  68. VampirePrincess on October 16, 2008 at 1:21 am

    my family and I by water from a local water store in my town, we’ve had the same 3 Gal. bottles for a few years now and that is the main way we get water, we hardly ever get bottled water now (except for the few bottles of Smart Water we get from Cost Co but those always get put into the recycle when we’re done drinking them, they never end up in the regular trash).

    My dad recently bought a thermos type thing that had a built in filter, I don’t remember who made it nor do I remember how much it cost but there are such things like that already out there.

  69. LP_Ann on October 16, 2008 at 12:58 am

    Hi Mike, I dont know whether u guys have them in the US but here in Australia u can buy a sports bottle with a filter on it. It made by Brita, they sell filter jugs and tap filters to.
    The filter is below the opening so when u drink out of it the water is filtered🙂

  70. AliceXD on October 16, 2008 at 12:27 am

    ok so yeah about tap water that you get from like anywhere outside of where you live… it does taste funky… and i notice at like.. resteraunts that i go to and order water from the water tastes really bad…. so i wind up not drinking it….. oh.. ha yeah also.. check it out… please : http://forums.linkinpark.com/showthread.php?p=454002#

  71. cuz on October 16, 2008 at 12:24 am

    I don’t have that problem at home–I simply drink tap water, non filtered. The same with trips, I take a bottle of tap water from home. A bottle is still the same so I don’t trash too much of it. I know it’s impossible everywhere so God bless water in Kąty Wrocławskie… But my trip are not like yours. I don’t travel all around the world for such long period of time. So maybe having a filter on tour would be a good idea?

    I want those MFR shirts for so long. I planned to buy for Christmas but Entities appears as sold out. Will it be available again?
    And where’s that green one with “MFR” sing on it?😦 Take care and hug Chester🙂

  72. Dori on October 15, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Hey Mike!

    Interesting. I’m not much of a water drinker, admittedly, but I really like smart water! You too?

    Also, I’m one of the girls partaking in the LP halloween festivites….. so, may I direct your attention please: http://forums.linkinpark.com/showthread.php?p=454002#

  73. LenneAB on October 15, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Check this out: http://www.nubiusorganics.com/New-Biodegradable-Reusable-Bottle-with-built-in-Filter-P363.aspx
    These bottles exist already; google for it, Mike….
    And in addition to this, most of the bottles are made of corn which are biodegradable.
    They last about six weeks and then usually spring a leak, but the filter can still be used on another bottle for awhile if you wish. One note — squeeze water through the filter to get rid of the carbon dust before the first time you use it.
    The stuff is still in the inventing process I guess….

  74. YourConscience on October 15, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    I think it’s awesome that you’re aware of all the bottled water you guys consume while traveling… I’ve seen pretty small water filter systems out there, but only one or two of them are conveniently small AND effectively fiter your water. Maybe someday something better will be available to us… =) While you brought up the shirt you designed for MFR, I’d like to let people know that there are a few girls trying to sell other things with ALL proceeds being directly donated to MFR through a MFR/PayPal widet at http://www.myspace.com/idea4you. Also, just for fun, http://forums.linkinpark.com/showthread.php?p=454002# =)

  75. Anstice on October 15, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    I helped with MFR at Projekt Rev in Noblesville, Indiana this year. It was amazing the amount of trash (mainly plastic bottles and cups) there was left over once everyone left the Revolution Stage area. It was sad.
    Check out this awesome Myspace page. It belongs to two girls that are trying to benefit MFR by designing and making things they can sell/send to people once they donate money to MFR through the MFR Widget/Pay Pal. http://www.myspace.com/idea4you

    Mike. You’re going to laugh loudly.

    http://forums.linkinpark.com/showthread.php?p=454002#

    PS – I’m wearing my “Entities” shirt as we speak. It’s so pertifulistic ^_^

  76. Hybr1d_7h3ory on October 15, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    You might want to check my story, but every 3=5 or so years New Yorkers are tested to see which type of water tastes best to them, bottled or NY tap water. And the New Yorkers always choose the tap water for tasting the best. Anywho, Im glad Im not the only one who sits around thinking about random stuff. I can imagine you guys go through a lot of bottled water on tour, and that would be a good way to cut back on some waste. Here is a link to a filter-sports bottle in one…

    http://www.backcountryedge.com/katadyn-exstream-purifier-bottle.aspx?utmsource=froogle&utmmedium=cpc

  77. Philly_Willy on October 15, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    I’ll buy a big 1.25 L water bottle then just reuse it for as long as I can, the one I have now is like 3-4 months old😀

  78. murry on October 15, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    I don’t tour, but I do have this problem on my college campus, since our water here has unusually high levels of arsenic and tastes like metal. I keep thermoses or used water bottles handy and I keep a brita pitcher in the fridge. It’s something you could think about keeping on the tour bus or hotel mini fridge. But keeping a filter with you for other instances would be a more elegant and green solution, for sure.

  79. ThePrincess on October 15, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    i agree with you…and whoooa…cool shirt..i want it…

  80. Frerard on October 15, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    in some countries tap water is a big no no. i’m in Jakarta, Indonesia and nobody, really NOBODY here drinks straight from tap. they would heated the tap water until it boils first, then you can drink it (after it cools down, obviously). but that takes quite an effort if you live in a home with 1298378 people in it. so other alternative is buying mineral water in gallons, not in bottles. for me personally, i don’t take water from home if i go out, i barely buy bottle of water while i was out. i prolly only trash 1 bottle per week, that’s the toppest. cos i rather overdose myself with coffee. yay me?

  81. matthew146 on October 15, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Totally agree with u mike and check out this article (http://www.healthzone.ca/health/article/517780) shows that tap water may even be better for you than the so called purified water. People just naturally assume that if its in a bottle its better for you.

  82. renny on October 15, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    I use both. When I’m out and about I’ll get a bottle. But at home I’ll just take from my tap. Most people think it’s disgusting and gross but those people can go fuck themselves. And I must be taking some risky chance drinking the water from tap since I am from New York–specifically Long Island. But, whatevs, water is water.

  83. Randomdudeof2010 on October 15, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Ha ha I loled at the “thank you Tijuana” part. I was actually born in Tijuana dude.. And dang dude those are some awesome shirts you designed! I’m like the most poor person ever at this time, but whenever I get some more cash, I would totally like to buy one of them awesome shirts!

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