There’s a lot you can do with a plastic bottle. Turn it into an electricity-free lamp or, if you have enough of it, a piece of furniture. Now that sea levels are rising at unstoppable rates, Pepsi is taking sustainability to heart. The beverage manufacturer is debuting the Drinkfinity pod system, a 20-ounce reusable water bottle.
The pods themselves, which feature two compartments—one for liquid flavoring and one for dry ingredients like chia seeds—are made with 65 percent less plastic than a standard 20-ounce bottle.
Four varieties of flavorful pods aim to replace caffeine and sweet tea, and boast vitamin and electrolyte benefits. Talk about an all-in-one sports drink. At $20 a bottle and $5 for a pack of pods, Pepsi isn’t hogging all the cash delights.
To round out a drink tailor made for the present day and age, PepsiCo will donate $1 from each purchase made in 2018 to Water.org (mitigating the product’s potential success, the company has capped their contribution at $100,000).
Gatorade for a cause? I’m all in!
For people on the go, coffee is a must-have. While many shops offer bring-your-own-tumbler discounts, for most, a take-out paper cup will do. They aren’t the easiest to recycle, but its plastic creamer capsules that take the cake. To combat plastic pollution, scientists invented edible coffee capsules for cream and sugar. This is another feat for the coffee industry, which recently involved coffee grounds in the making of sportswear.
The capsules are made with a crystalline, sugary layer that keeps the milk sealed inside at room temperature. Once added to your drink, the capsule dissolves and unleashes the douse of milky sweetness.
There are two types of capsules — sucrose capsules for a sweeter touch, and erythritol capsules for something more bitter. The milk, if sealed, remains good for three weeks.
“The capsules could replace the small, extremely unpractical coffee creamer packaging that is used in great quantities at conferences or on airplanes,”
Creators of the Keurig cup and Nespresso pod have since expressed regret for engineering such environmentally damaging products. After all, we shouldn’t seek convenience at the expense of the environment.
When it comes to tracking one’s health, there is a gadget for every fitness buff in the field. There is a technology for monitoring nearly anything, whether as part of one’s clothing or used directly on the skin. What we sometimes forget are the humbler devices that contribute directly to our fitness routines. This slick wearable hydration system called Wetsleeve may not be high-tech, but it’s a great tool for runners.
The deceptively simple concept — a forearm-length wrap that comes in three sizes and encloses a fluid-holding compartment —has several innovative design features.
The reservoir, which holds 12 fluid ounces, fits within the zippered upper portion of the sleeve and is detachable for refills. The silicone mouthpiece of the reservoir sits just above the wrist, making drinking easy.
Even better, the water stays cold for at least 30 minutes — the perfect amount of time for a jog. Additionally, Wetsleeve has compartments to store small items such as house keys. Creator Dave Herring also believes Wetsleeve will have a positive environmental impact, because the device is refillable.
“Every day, I see so many empty plastic water bottles — especially on the beach. Anything we can do to reduce that is a good thing.”
Cheers to that, Dave!
Wine enthusiasts might say that longer-aged drinks taste better. Most of the time, they are right. But what about a bottle that is nearly two-and-a-half centuries old? This Madeira, discovered at the New Jersey Liberty Hall Museum, is even older than the United States.
This particular type of vino was important in the early days of the United States.
Because our forefathers couldn’t figure out a way to grow wine-making grapes in the colonies, they needed to find a good place to import from.
That place was the Madeira Islands off the coast of Portugal.
The Madeira dates back to approximately 1769 and could be worth big bucks. It was also apparently not the only drink hiding within the walls of the museum.
Some of the bottles… had been specially created for New York millionaire Robert Lenox, who died in 1839.
Talk about finely aged! While there is no word on who will get to taste the practically-ancient drinks, the Portuguese president may get a sneaky taste of the Madeira.