Team joined 130+ volunteers from industry leading companies, Patagonia
, Horny Toad
, at the Conservation Alliance
’s fourth annual Backyard Collective on March 21, 2013. The Backyard Collective is held each year in an effort join forces with neighboring Conservation Alliance member companies in a collective goal to beautify their “backyard.”
This year, Conservation Alliance tapped into the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy to improve the Ventura River Parkway. This parkway has earned the street title of “Hobo Jungle” due to the hundreds of illegal homeless that have resided in the dry, overgrown Ventura riverbed over the last decade. Devoted efforts, like the Backyard Collective, have taken place in this area in recent years to work to create long term environmental and social solutions.
Vapur co-founder and CEO, David Czerwinski, helped kickoff the morning with the following presenters: Gordon Seabury from Horny Toad, Rose Marcario from Patagonia, Joel Heath from Teva, Eric Artz from REI and Cassondra Schindler from the Conservation Alliance. The theme from each presenter emphasized how the outdoors are our “playground” and, as companies in this industry, we have a commitment to both enjoy and protect it.
Amidst the poison oak, wild brush and empty homeless encampments that had to be cleared out, the following was accomplished by this lionhearted team volunteers:
- Nearly 200 willow trees were planted.
- Approximately two acres (nearly 3 tons) of the invasive plant species, Arundo Donax, was removed.
- Over a mile of trails were improved.
- Five tons of trash was removed from the riverbed!
“It was hot, dirty, smelly and completely worthwhile!” said Vapur’s Pam Gaiser. “When the day was over, you could really see the result of the work we did.”
An after party at Patagonia headquarters was held for all of the volunteers at the end of the day. Beyond lunch, this celebratory gathering included a raffle and booths manned by local environmental groups for additional ways to get involved throughout the year.
The Vapur Team at BYC!
The Trash Crew Picking Up Debris
Vapur Co-founder & CEO, David Czerwinski Speaking to the BYC Group
The Greats that Came Out to Clean Up
For more details and photos check out the Conservation Alliance’s Blog
When looking for a water bottle, there can seem to be no end of sippers, jumbo mugs, tumblers and canteens lining the aisle and, in these vast options, there’s no way to miss those with stickers and labels that cheer, “BPA FREE!” Vapur is proud to be among these brands in the movement to make BPA free water bottles .
What exactly is the point of going BPA free and what does BPA even mean? Well, we’re glad you asked! Unless you’re a well-studied chemist or industrial technologist (we know you’re out there!), BPA probably has no substantial meaning to you, except that you know it’s not good for your body. And, that it’s not in Vapur products.
In a nutshell, BPA is short for the chemical Bisphenol A. The food and beverage industries have been using BPA to make a clear, hard plastic called polycarbonate. Polycarbonate plastic is used to make reusable consumer products, like water bottles, and can also be used to provide a clear, protective liner in metal cans. Since the 1960s, BPA has been used with approval from the FDA. While it is possible to be exposed and ingest BPA through the air, dust and water, most human exposure happens through consuming food and beverages that have had contact with BPA. Plastic tableware, food storage containers, water bottles and baby bottles can easily leech BPA into your food and water under certain conditions. Certain types of cans can also leech BPA into food through the internal epoxy resin coating.
However, with recent studies showing a dramatic increase of BPA levels within the human body over the years, governing organizations have decided to research the lasting effects of BPA toxicity further. While not harmful in very low levels, the FDA has shown growing concern over BPA toxicity , especially in infants and children. Recent studies have shown that BPA, in large amounts or repetitive, consistent exposure, can have negative side effects on the brain, reproductive system, as well as on a developing fetus. As of July 12 2012, due to these studies, the FDA mandated that all baby bottles and sippy cups must be BPA free.
With recent studies and growing concern, Vapur proudly uses BPA free materials in building every one of our hydration vessels and products. We respect and support consumers that want to make educated decisions that lead to healthier lifestyles. At the end of the day, our goal at Vapur is to keep you happy, healthy and hydrated, and by offering only BPA free products, that’s exactly what we’re able to do.
Vapur Explorer Series MicroFilter Bottle
Vapur has been making roll-up water bottles for a while now – very useful when space and weight is at a premium. This year, they’ve unveiled the MicroFilter bottle – a roll-up, BPA-free one-liter water bottle with a 0.2-micron filter insert. Simply fill the bottle up with whatever H2O you can find, screw in the filter and drink up. The company claims this filter removes 99.9999 percent of bacteria as well as protozoan cysts (like cryptosporidium and giardia), and will clean 500 liters of water before needing replacement. Best of all, the filter flows freely, allowing for easy, instant drinking. (The filter can even be used as a straw to suck water right from the source.) Each pack comes with two bottles and one filter; one bottle with filter weighs less than 70 grams. – DW
By Holly Cara Price, NYCA Media Chair
We were thrilled to have Vapur‘s generous product contribution at our recent Luxury Travel Meeting for New York Celebrity Assistants at Manhattan’s Dream Hotel. Our membership numbers over 120 individuals in and around New York City. Our celebrity employers are leaders in entertainment, philanthropy, finance, law, and politics.
The Luxury Travel meeting is held annually so that our members can keep current with the latest changes in VIP services, transportation choices, and exotic travel locales. Attendees casually mingled with representatives from several travel-related companies before the evening’s presentations.
We loved hearing about Vapur’s products which meet both the needs of our busy employers and ourselves while simultaneously being healthy and green – something our employers (and us) are definitely interested in. Each NYCA member in attendance received a 0.5 liter Vapur Anti-Bottle in their giveaway bag at the meeting. Thanks, Vapur, for helping us all stay hydrated on the go!
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Written by Vapur Pro Team member, Laura Bylund.
Vapur has changed my life. There I said it. It has fundamentally altered and facilitated daily hydration in the outdoors in a way I would never think such a simplistic product would or even could.
I remember when I got my first bladder-like product and thought how incredibly it had revolutionized the sport of alpine climbing. The idea that you could hydrate through a gigantic hose-shaped straw whilst on the move and not spill all over yourself was relieving. The notion that there was no longer a need to expel time and energy taking off your heavy backpack or twisting and contorting your body to reach a bottle in the side pocket was almost titillating.
Reality struck when bladders started to puncture, pop or leak at the hose inlet, wasting precious water supply, soaking my belongings and now rendering an important piece of gear useless and dead weight. Even if I was lucky enough to have one that lasted, the horrendously involved cleaning process made me simply want to throw it away and buy another one. After a while, I decided that my time was worth more money than the product.
It was back to rigid, clunky, wide-mouth, spill-all-over-yourself-if-you-were-anything-but-still water bottles… That is, until a little gem by the name of Vapur came along. The lightweight, slim, collapsible body and built-in clip makes it perfectly attachable to any harness or pack and therefore accessible. The well-designed SuperCap is easy to open and drink out of even while moving. Throw in the fact that you can hand-wash the cap with ease and simply put the rest in the dishwasher, and there comes that good ole giddy feeling again.
This month, to further titillate the outdoor enthusiast, Vapur will unveil a product of astronomical proportions. Behold the Vapur Eclipse; a bold new look, feel and function for the Anti-Bottle. The Eclipse series comes in two natural colors, Olive and Night Blue, with a matte finish that provides a softer feel, yet is made out of the same durable materials as the Element and other lines. Hardcore adventurers will further enjoy an improved SuperCap for 2013 with increased strength and durability, as well as a lower profile and tighter closure.
I can’t help but wonder what’s next for Vapur. What astronomical feat will they come up with? Perhaps an anti-GRAVITY-bottle. Every rock climbers dream… gear they don’t have to worry about dropping. 🙂
Backpacker Magazine: 2013’s Best New Gear – VAPUR ELEMENT
When space and weight are precious commodities, a bulky, hard-sided water bottle is a liability as soon as it’s empty. The foldable, 1 liter Element solves that problem. Made from a soft, three ply, BPA-free polypropylene and nylon material, it rolls up like a tube of toothpaste. You can secure it with the plastic carabiner or stash it in a tiny crevice of your pack (it’s no bigger than a stack of business cards). I feel in love with this bottle on a trip to Hawaii’s Big Island. It was perfect for air travel because I could stow it empty in my crammed carry-on. On the trail, the screw-on cap makes refills easy, and I love the flip-top for splash-proof drinking. The Element is dishwasher safe and didn’t adopt any funky smalls, even over four months of use. Gripes: The sharp corners tore a few holes in my pack’s mesh bottle holders. And you won’t get a lifetime of use out of it: Vapur expects these bottles to last three to four year. And filling it other than from straight above can be tricky.
Shades Collection Now Available at Target In Stores and Online
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (Mar. 4, 2013) – Vapur®, designer and manufacturer of the innovative Anti-Bottle, announces the addition of two new collections to their colorful product line-up; Shades and Eclipse.
True to all Vapur styles, the colorful Shades and matte Eclipse Anti-Bottles are freezable, dishwasher safe, BPA-free and made in the USA. Equipped with Vapur’s widemouth Supercap® and an integrated clip, these new lines are versatile and efficient, folding up when empty for easy storage in a purse or pack.
The Shades Collection is now available in Target stores nationwide and at Target.com. Target will carry seven half-liter Shades designs, including all five colors, cool grey, true green, cyan, hot pink and purple, and two Target-exclusive Runway designs: Maze and Diamonds. MSRP: $9.99
“Vapur’s Shades line fits well with Target’s commitment to making well-designed products available at affordable prices,” said co-founder, Chief Design Officer Jason Carignan. “ Our products are created to make everyday hydration easy for everyone. With the vibrant new designs, convenient size and great price point, there is no reason not to hydrate with Vapur.”
The new Eclipse Anti-Bottles are debuting in olive and night blue and are available in both 0.7L and 1.0L sizes. Both new collections join Vapur’s Element, Quenchers and Reflex product lines at large and independent retailers nationwide, as well as at vapur.us.
For more information on Vapur Anti-Bottles, visit vapur.us. “Live Flexible” with the Vapur community; “Like” Vapur on Facebook or join the conversation on Twitter.
About Vapur, Inc.
Founded in 2009, California-based Vapur, Inc. is on a mission to make hydration incomparably portable. As the leading designer, marketer and distributor of reusable, handheld, collapsible hydration products, Vapur’s Anti-Bottles® have been adopted by athletes, celebrities, activists and families alike. The ultra-durable Anti-Bottle is proudly manufactured in the USA, BPA-free, freezable and dishwasher-safe. Privately held, with products available worldwide, Vapur contributes a portion of all sales to water-related and environmental causes. For more information, visit www.vapur.us and as always, “Live Flexible.”