Published: October 9, 2018

    Our New Sustainability Scholarship Aims to Reduce Plastic Pollution

    We spend our days at Pelican Water filtering, purifying, and protecting the planet’s most precious resource: water.

    The “go green” initiative at Pelican Water was born from our passion for the environment and conservation. As we developed our products we sought methods that would save energy and eliminate salt and chemical discharge while softening and filtering your drinking water to the highest standards.

    What we developed was our #1 market leading water softener alternative with salt free technology. As we continue to refine our best-selling filtration and softening system we seek to support the next generation of leaders and innovators twice per year with our college scholarship contest.

    We continually refresh the theme of our scholarship contests to mirror what’s happening in conservation right now, today. Last fall we asked students to explain what water conservation meant to them in a visual submission via Instagram. This spring we propelled students to action by asking them to submit a video on Instagram demonstrating how they do their part to conserve water.

    Plastic: The Hard Facts

    For our fall 2018 scholarship contest we’re tackling a global crisis that is directly tied to our water systems and oceans: rampant, unchecked plastic pollution. Plastic pollution is an epidemic. Here are some fast facts about plastic:

    • Human beings have made over 3 billion metric tons of plastic since the manufacturing process was perfected in the 1960s, and that number is projected to double by 2050.
    • Only 9% of plastic is recycled. Many consumers believe that the majority of plastic gets recycled, but the grim reality is most of the plastic we use ends up in landfills where it will not biodegrade.
    • In ten years the amount of plastic waste in the ocean will triple. That’s not a typo — based on scientist projections the plastic debris floating in the ocean harming and killing marine life will continue to grow unabated.
    • 94% of the drinking water in the United States is contaminated with plastic fibers. Our use is so ubiquitous that it’s made its way into our water in microscopic fragments.

    Plastic waste production and water quality are not separate issues. They are intertwined as mass production and lax corporate regulations rapidly destroy much of the natural world.

    Bottled Water

    In fact, the convenience of drinking water out of a bottle has created a profit machine that is concurrently endangering our planet’s future. Bottled water is an enormous industry: in 2016 total sales of bottled water in the United States alone topped $16 billion.

    This massive production and consumption of bottled water accounts for a significant portion of our plastic waste, and is wholly unnecessary. Bottled water also costs consumers — if your family switched from plastic bottled water to drinking out of reusable water bottles you would save $40,000 over the course of two decades. That’s a ton of money!

    End Plastic Pollution

    For our latest scholarship contest we are asking students to make a pledge to reduce the amount of plastic they consume in their daily lives. We want you to submit a video telling us how you did your part to support a future free of plastic pollution, and what challenges you faced along the way.

    Our scholarship deadline of October 15 is fast approaching — apply to our scholarship contest soon for a chance to win $1500 for your next semester of undergraduate or graduate level education.