I bet you forgot about the draw for the Zuvo Water Filtration System. But I didn't. At all. Really.

Ahem.

I'm sure you've all been waiting with bated breath for the announcement of who wins the Zuvo Water Filtration System, so that they can have clean, fresh drinking water while the rest of you (as the Didactic Pirate said), let stomach parasites battle it out for supremacy?

I put everyones name in a hat for each of their entries, because I suck at counting and I don't trust that random.org - because everything on the internet is random and therefore nothing is - and let hubby draw the name. So if you have an issue with the result, take it up with him.

Yes, I do often throw him under the bus, why?

Anyway.

The winner is Brandy at You Don't Know! Congrats, lady - send me your info so they can send you your swag! Happy drinking!

Water, water, everywhere, and now you can actually drink it: Zuvo Water Filtration System

Does anybody actually drink their tap water? I don't. I prefer to make myself feel 'safer' by drinking bottled water from our cooler, despite the fact that said cooler never gets serviced, is likely growing all kinds of bacteria, and the water sits there in a plastic jug that is probably leaching BPA.

But actually, tap water is more stringently regulated than bottled water. Bottled water manufacturers aren't required to provide their source, quality reports, or test for e. coli regularly. And I know all this, which means that my penchant for bottled water has less to do with 'safety' and more to do with the fact that my tap water tastes like ass.

So even though I don't really "do" many reviews, when Zuvo contacted me about trying out their Water Filtration System, I said yes. Because it sounded pretty ingenious, and cost-effective as well. Basically, it sounded too good to be true.

They sent me one to test and it promptly sat in my kitchen for a week, because I looked briefly at the instructions and thought I couldn't put it on my tap because you can't run hot water through the unit and I only have ONE tap, because I live in a wartime house the size of a peanut, and now I'm going to have to get a new sink or put it downstairs and run back and forth all the time and aaaaggghhhhhhxxxzzGAH toolazy! can'tfunction!

But, ahem, reading comprehension for the win, because you CAN put it on and just bypass the unit when you're running hot water. Duh.

I wasn't chosen for my technical expertise, okay? I was chosen for my razor wit and environmental alarmism. Anyway, the Zuvo is super easy to install counter-side, though the hoses running to your tap are kind of a pain. You can also install it under the sink, but it's a more complex process, and did I mention I was lazy?

At any rate, if you install it under the sink you don't get to see it in action, which is the cool part. The Zuvo uses a five step process to filter, purify, and generally de-stank your tap water:

1. Ozonation: mixes ozone with the tap water to improve taste & smell.
2. UV Light: kills microorganisms.
3. Photo-Oxidation: ozone and UV! Together! Releases the power of Grayskull! Further treats contaminants.
4. Filtration with lead removal: an activated carbon filter, similar to your standard 'pitcher' filters.
5. Post-filtration UV: More UV! In case you didn't have enough pretty blue light (also stays on for 30 seconds after it's cycle to ensure that things don't grow in the water in the unit...unlike my cooler, ahem.)

...and then you get a tiny trickle of water. That's probably my biggest complaint about the Zuvo, is that the flow? It's pretty low. But I think most on-tap filtration systems are similar.

I'll just resign myself to walking away and having a cup of coffee while my water pitcher fills up, because the results are AMAZING. I had a glass of water from the first batch, and my initial impression was that it tasted better, but still a little like tap water. Maybe, I thought, that's just the temperature? So I stuck it in the fridge and came back later and tried it again, and yeah - that little glowy space-age unit took all the grossness out of my tap water, both the kind you can taste and the kind you can't see.

I drink a lot of water. The Zuvo has been in my house for a week now, and I think I'm in love.

The Zuvo Water Filtration System retails for $300. Which, I know, doesn't sound cost-effective at ALL. However, you only have to replace the filter twice a year, at a cost of $30, and the UV light is good for 10,000 cycles, or approximately 7-10 years (each time you turn it on is a 'cycle', whether you fill a glass or a pitcher). When you stack that up against replacing your Brita filter or buying bottled water, it works out. Here's the math.

And, obviously, drinking any kind of filtered water is WAY better for the environment than drinking bottled water. I mean, I'm sure all you guys recycle, but 4 out of 5 water bottles end up in a landfill. So, be good to the earth, yadda yadda, even though I'm pretty sure she'll be fine after we all poison ourselves with chemicals and die.

(And, as a bonus, the Zuvo doubles as toddler entertainment. My son asks to turn it on about every 3.46 seconds or so. We've probably gone through half of it's ten thousand uses already. Which, now that I think of it, isn't much of a 'bonus'...so never mind.)

So! In addition to saving your health and saving you money, the lovely folks at Zuvo would like to give one away! (I can't help but feel they're shooting themselves in the foot with all this cost-effectiveness and generosity.) Here's what you have to do:

Go over to the Zuvo site and then leave me a comment telling me one thing you learned that you didn't already know about water, water filtration systems, or Zuvo's 5-step process. Make sure your Blogger profile is email-enabled, or that you leave your email in the comment, so I have a way to contact you!

For an additional entry, you can tweet this giveaway. Leave me a comment saying you did, and either include the link in the comment or include my Twitter handle (@superkeely) in the tweet. You can enter this way once per day.

The contest will be open for one week, until July 21st at midnight CST. Open to US and Canadian residents.

...Aren't you thirsty now?

The one (and only) where I try to sell you things. THINGS THAT MIGHT KEEP YOU HEALTHY. You’re welcome.

Anybody remember how a little while ago I mentioned I was considering becoming a rep for a company called OnlyGreen? No? It’s okay, I assume that I’m talking to myself most of the time.

But anyway, I went ahead and did just that, became an "Eco Advisor" for OnlyGreen. Anybody who knows me realizes that this kind of thing is, well, not really my thing. I mean, it involves sales. And talking passionately about stuff. Stuff that is not the Zombie Apocalypse.

(Seriously, you guys really need to start fortifying and stockpiling.)

But, I like the concept of OnlyGreen because there is a lot of scary information out there, about pthalates and parabens and PVCs and what they can do to us (and the planet, though personally I think that once we poison ourselves and all die from cancer that the planet will be fine). And I totally understand why a person would choose to NOT try to wade through that constantly-shifting information, and instead assume that the FDA knows what they're doing and Big Pharma truly does have our best interests in mind and lalalalalalalala I can't heeeeaaaaaaar you.

Because otherwise you end up whimpering and rocking in a corner, unable to bathe or eat or wear anything other than a burlap sack.

What was my point?

Oh, right. OnlyGreen just does all the research FOR you. All their products are subject to stringent criteria for eco-friendliness and sustainable harvesting and lack of the kind of chemicals that might grow you an extra liver or make your face fall off. It makes it easy to choose products that are truly "green", instead of just labelled that way. And as we all know...every little bit helps.

So that is all I'm going to say about THAT, because shilling wares is not what this blog is about (I don't know what it IS about, still, but it's not that)(Also, that's what TWITTER is for, mwahhahhahah). I'll put up a permanent link up top (once I figure out how to do that without breaking my blog) and then shut the fuck up. If there's enough interest, periodically I might hold an "Eco Workshop" where I give you little factoids about the amount of endocrine-altering chemicals your PVC dildo is offgassing, or how everytime you buy a Proctor & Gamble product they kill a kitten*, and then I might offer you some discounts. But if there's little to no interest, I'll happily go back to just being your RTT bitch.

*Totally facetious. I'm pretty sure P&G lets them grow up to be cats first.**

**Again, facetious. Please don't sue me.

Someone ask Jesus what he used to clean his kitchen

I've recently come to the conclusion that for heathens agnostic-atheist people like me, Green is the new Religion.

Seriously, nothing makes me feel more virtuous (and maybe the teensiest bit holier-than-thou) than refusing plastic bags or buying organic vegetables. Switching out part of my cosmetic arsenal for a product that won't lay waste to the planet or make my face fall off is accompanied by a small, sure glow in my heart. The feeling that I did the right thing.

(And that product happens to fucking WORK? Hallelujah! Angels show up to sing hosannahs.)

Opting out of using pesticides in the yard? That's equivilant to 50 Hail Marys, or something. Buying dish detergent that isn't full of sulfates? Never mind love thy neighbour, I love the whole planet. Walking to work instead of driving?

Uh...I'm still working on that one.

Anyway. Lately I've become aware of a Canadian company called Only Green, who seem to have extremely stringent criteria and whose products have had rave reviews. A friend was hosting one of their EcoWorkshops, so I went. Naturally I ended up wanting to order one of everything.

I found myself cautiously ticking off the "Yes, tell me more about becoming an EcoAdvisor" box on the order form.

I'm TOTALLY getting into Heaven now.

Just step away from the computer, or the planet gets it

Earth Hour is tonight, at 8:30 pm wherever you happen to be. So turn off your lights, step away from the computer, do what you can to reduce your energy consumption. Have a late candle-lit dinner or a nap with your beloved (wink, wink, nudge, nudge knowwhatimean?).

Then, take that initiative and carry it forward to tomorrow. Hang your clothes to dry or walk to work. Cause your planet loves you, you should return the favor.

(Me? I'm going to have a relaxing bath tonight, BECAUSE THAT SUCKER IS TILED NOW. Woot!)

(The candlelight will help me ignore the drywall dust and mortar that's still all over the place.)

(Hopefully.)