The Simple Self Care Lifestyle with mo

Purified Water Whenever, Wherever. Simple. Effective. Practical.

What Purifies Water SIMPLY, Effectively & is Practical when on the go?

A product called GeoPress. It is a simple, effective, CONVENIENT product that can provide purified water wherever and whenever you are out and about.

 

Think play grounds, schools, college campuses. Water fountains in public places, bike paths, grocery stores, malls, churches, amusement parks, museums, trails, hotels, rest stops on road trips, camping grounds, drinking from a hose, plastic bottles sitting in your hot car, traveling overseas….

No matter where you are the quality of the water source doesn’t ever have to be a concern!

 

If you are thinking that your parks, shops and town’s water is just fine to drink when you are out I’d encourage you to peruse the Consumer reports article linked for you in references at the end.

In any given year somewhere between 9 million and 45 million Americans get their drinking water from a source in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act. (2)

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This is JUST the US. (2)(7) The 2021 Consumer Reports article is eyeopening and worth a read. I’ve linked it in the reference section for you below.

Doesn’t drinking bottled water when I’m out and about fix that mo?

Nope. For many years now, research shows that when we buy and drink water from disposable, plastic water bottles we are also drinking tiny bits of plastic. Plastic that is most often from the bottling process itself. (1)

Plastic is adding up in our bodies. Current research (2022) is showing plastics detectable in the blood of 77% of the general population they tested. (2)

researchers found plastic in the blood of 17 of 22 of study participants, (general population) about 77 percent. (7) (bold, italic, population added)

Avoiding plastic is not easy but taking steps to reduce contact as much as possible by not buying and drinking water from plastic bottles is a good idea.

Is there a way to have purified water when on the go that is ALSO free of micro-plastics?

 

Yes. I personally own, use and recommend todays product. It is called GeoPress

GeoPress

  • Provides a quick fill up of clean water whenever and wherever.
  • Is easy to leave empty in the car- at the ready.
  • and is very convenient for ALL kinds of travel.

It is light, super SIMPLE to use and pays for itself.

I have no connection to the company and as a matter of fact the way I use their product is atypical compared to their niche market.

I want to point out there is one very important consideration when it comes to this filter that is: Users need upper body strength. You’ll see why when I show you how it works.

This Post was Sparked by a Recent Question Posed to me.

A couple months back during a meeting with with a practitioner the question came up:

mo, is there anything you would suggest when it comes to driving across country?”


My IMMEDIATE thought was YES!! A portable water purifier!

Having driven across country and back a couple of times, and honestly even just traveling the East Coast- D.C., N.Y., Florida…. there have been so many times the water has tasted bad or bottled water was so inconvenient and heavy to schlepp in museums etc. that I had to find a better way!

I researched, bought, tested MULTIPLE water filters and purifiers.

Our 2nd trip across country I was lugging a filter that I’d hook up to the hotel faucets every night to use for cooking and refill our bottles for our next day on the road.

It worked but it was cumbersome and I had to guess how many bottles of water we would need for the day.

PLUS I had to fill and pack those bottles too. It was not portable enough.

I kept researching.

My goal was to find a portable option that could be used ON THE SPOT.

Made well enough to remove all the bad stuff yet simple enough and compact enough to take when traveling internationally as well.

It is a LONG detailed list of ‘wants’ BUT I found the product that does all that and more!

The GeoPress fits my entire list of needs perfectly.

Reliable for big trips. Compact, SIMPLE and convenient enough to have on hand for day to day use.

This is why when asked if I had any suggestions for a road trip I knew right away the GeoPress water purifier would make a huge difference!

In a Nutshell Here’s What the GeoPress Does For You.

Grayl GeoPress purifies water for you in a matter of seconds. According to their documentation:

In eight seconds, it makes 24 ounces of clean drinking water anywhere on earth….safely drink from sketchy spigots, hotel sinks, murky rivers, wells or lakes.
It improves taste, smell, and clarity!

(It takes me a good 10-12 seconds)

The documentation lists GeoPress as able to: Remove

  • Funky tastes and odors.
  • Waterborne pathogens.
  • 99.9% Viruses like:

    ROTAVIRUS

    NOROVIRUS

    HEPATITIS A

  • 99.9% Bacteria like

SALMONELLA

DYSENTERY

E. COLI

  • 99.9% Protozoan cysts like:

GIARDIA

CRYPTOSPORIDIUM

AMOEBAE

Filters:

  • Chemicals such as:

CHLORINE

BENZENE

CHLOROFORM

  • Heavy Metals like:

LEAD

ARSENIC

CHROMIUM

  • Particulate like:

SEDIMENT

SILT

MICROPLASTICS

Todays Simple Self Care Tip

Today’s Simple Self Care Product Review: Grayl GeoPress. A simple, effective product that provides you with purified water: Wherever. Whenever.

An excellent Self Care Micro decision that protects you and your family.

Here’s How Simple It Is to Use and the Caveat

A Quick Slideshow

Purified Water Wherever, Whenever.
🔗 Water purifier Canister
purify Water Canister.

To begin pull apart the 2 containers.

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🔗 Water purifier Canister
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Fill up the empty bottom container with water from any sink, fountain, tap, bottle or other source,

Purified Water How to includes turning ca a half turn

Pick up the filter part (the inside container) with cap on and TWIST the cap a half-turn. Point cap arrow to green spot so air can vent during the press down.

🔗 Water purifier Canister
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Position the filter container on top of the exterior container that has the water in it.

Place your palms on each side of the cap.

Press SLOWLY and steadily downward using your body weight.

As you press down the water will be forced up through the filter into the inside portion of the inserted container. That’s it!

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Drink up or pour into your container and repeat to fill additional water bottles.

🔗 Water purifier Canister

Important Caveat.

To use this SIMPLE water purification good upper body strength is needed to be able to press down from above.

When you are done for the day.

Place the inner canister into the EMPTY outer one and do a few more presses with the cap on.

WHY? There is water sitting in the orange filter and it is a lot of water.

Once you have done that:

Let the inner and outer pieces remain separate so the air can circulate around the filter.

This way it can dry and be ready before packing it back together and placing in your car, bag, back pack, office drawer etc…

REMEMBER: Users need upper body strength.

The ability to place your weight on the lid from above as you press down is the way it works

Simply placing the purifier on a flat surface below you like a bench, step or whatever is around is enough for you to be able to lean into it.

If you can see yourself doing that then the GeoPress Purifier is right for you.

When to use it.

First I believe every person should have one in their Emergency kit.

You do not have to be scooping water out of a river or lake to benefit from GeoPress, although that is exactly what it is intended for. You of course can do that!

My suggestion is to take advantage of the amazing water purification for any type of on the go situation you have.

Daily errands:

At home I buy mineral water in glass bottles. Glass bottles are heavy, unrealistic and dangerous to drive around with.

I also have an amazing under the counter water purification system. It’s a good 15 years old and is used non-stop.

Before heading out the door I’d grab a water bottle. If I needed to refill my water bottle I’d use the GeoPress.

It may very well be the re-fill water has to come out of a plastic bottle but again- 1 press and I do not have to give it a 2nd thought. The GeoPress will take out the micro plastics.

I think it’d be good to use it at the office instead of the water cooler that has unknown quality.

For out door activities like- bike rides, dog walks, road camping, amusement parks, going to the water park with the kids, dog park, hanging out on the beach….


Car trips short and long.

In hotel rooms, museums, flying,*

Wherever and whenever you are ready for a drink of water you can fill up from a tap, water fountain, a hose, water spout, water bottles, even the river or lake if the opportunity presents itself– you’ll be ready!

It is great for the airport* and international travel. You can have peace of mind when it comes to drinking water while traveling at home and abroad.

Instead of All Plastic Water bottles?

Yup. One of my favorite features of the GeoPress is eliminating drinking the dangerous endocrine disruptor: plastic that is in our water bottles. No matter where you live.

Eleven globally sourced brands of bottled water, purchased in 19 locations in nine different countries, were tested for micro plastic contamination. Of the 259 total bottles processed, 93% showed micro plastic contamination. (1)

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It Pays for Itself and then Saves Money

There is the initial investment for the purifier but it makes up for itself over time and HEALTH!

I wanted to break down the cost of using the purifier by calculating the MINIMUM life you will get out of the filter.

The filter is the orange thing that does the purifying. Here is a photo of my replacement filter.

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I say MINIMUM because this is made to be filtering and purifying a ton of yucky stuff from rivers, lakes, streams… (where, unfortunately, removing micro-plastics is needed too).

Here’s the Breakdown:

The Grayl GeoPress 24 ounce purifier that I have = $0.46 per Gallon MAXIMUM cost. Most likely it is even less because you are not dipping into rivers, streams and lakes.

If you buy One gallon of Water in a plastic bottle

  • From big box store comes up at: $1.08
  • Whole Foods one gallon price $1.49.

Families Save a Bundle Quickly!

Purify water for the whole family while at a Museum, Theme park, Walking around a City Sightseeing and save a ton!

I looked up the current list price of a 20 ounce bottle of water at Disney. It averages $3.50.

Your GeoPress at 0.46 cents a gallon means you’d have close to six and half20 ounce bottles of water for 0.46 cents total!- And NO micro-plastics!

Plus everyone can have their light weight empty canister and you can refill whenever they are thirsty!

*Important Tips for Using the GeoPress

Do not wash the inner cartridge with the filter attached. You will ruin the filter. Detach it if you want to wash the container.

Practice using your GeoPress. It takes a bit of getting use to.

You’ll need to get the feel of how to go slow and easy when pressing down.

It becomes 2nd nature but in the beginning if you are too quick or a bit crooked the water will come up and out spilling over the sides.

Once done using the GeoPress for the day.

Press the insert container into the EMPTY sleeve container a few more times.

The water sitting in the orange cartridge is forced up and out.

Then allow cartridge to air dry while not in use.

* AIRPLANE TRAVEL VERY VERY IMPORTANT

Forcing the water out of the cartridge by pressing the filter back down the EMPTY outer sleeve is imperative! This is EXTREMELY important.

It appears that the container is empty even dry BUT the cartridge itself holds A LOT if water that the air pressure will force out and all over your belongings.

What’s the GeoPress made of?

Exterior Shell: polypropylene

“Polypropylene (PP) is the safest of all plastics; it is a robust heat-resistant plastic. Because of its high heat tolerance, it is unlikely to leach even when exposed to heat.”

Interior Case: ABS Number 7

EWG rates ABS Number 7 as 1.

Both are rated Food Contact safe by the FDA.

Overheating of ABS can cause toxic fumes and is not relevant for the water purifier.

With that said: I am NOT a fan of any Plastic when it comes to food storage or consumption.

So although it is great that the plastics are rated as human friendly. Non-leaching, etc. I purify my water and then pour it into my glass water bottle.

Is it necessary? Definitely not if you are drinking the water right away.

I cannot say for certain if it sits in there for hours. And as someone who between the ages of 15 and mid 30’s had on going growths/tumors surgically removed from my body I pass on all things that are known hormone disruptors.

Getting rid of as much plastic as possible is one of the MANY micro decisions I have added up over the past two and half decades now. I am happy all the micro decisions have resulted in not having any additional growths since then.

I find it convenient enough to purify my water and then pour into my glass water bottle.

There you go!

The SIMPLE, Effective, Convenient Water Purifier Product.

My hope is sharing the simple products that support self-care Micro-decisions as well as the research behind each helps support you on your journey of creating the Simple Self Care Lifestyle you want for you, your family and home!

Have a Sunny Day!
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GRAYL UltraPress 16.9 oz Water Purifier

GRAYL UltraPress 16.9 oz Water Purifier with Replacement Cartridge

Another SIMPLE Travel Tip:

For a Non-toxic detergent that is amazingly SIMPLE to travel with as well visit the: NON-Toxic Laundry Detergent Option

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Linked References/Resources for you

1. Mason SA, Welch VG, Neratko J. Synthetic Polymer Contamination in Bottled Water. Front Chem. 2018 Sep 11;6:407. doi: 10.3389/fchem.2018.00407. PMID: 30255015; PMCID: PMC6141690.

2. Heather A. Leslie, Martin J.M. van Velzen, Sicco H. Brandsma, A. Dick Vethaak, Juan J. Garcia-Vallejo, Marja H. Lamoree, Discovery and quantification of plastic particle pollution in human blood, Environment 4nternational,Volume 163, 2022, 107199,ISSN 0160-4120, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2022.107199.

3. Allaire M, Wu H, Lall U. National trends in drinking water quality violations. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Feb 27;115(9):2078-2083. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1719805115. Epub 2018 Feb 12. PMID: 29440421; PMCID: PMC5834717.

4. FDA approved plastics for food contact – which plastics make the cut?: A&C plastics. FDA Approved Plastics for Food Contact – Which Plastics Make the Cut? | A&C Plastics. (n.d.). Retrieved July 21, 2022, from https://www.acplasticsinc.com/informationcenter/r/fda-approved-plastics-for-food-contact

5. Contributors, W. M. D. E. (n.d.). Polypropylene: Is it toxic? WebMD. Retrieved July 21, 2022, from https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/what-to-know-bout-the-toxicity-of-polypropylene

6. Ryan Felton, Lisa L. Gill. “How Safe Is Our Drinking Water?” Consumer Reports, 28 Apr. 2021, https://www.consumerreports.org/water-quality/how-safe-is-our-drinking-water-a0101771201/.

7. Magazine, Smithsonian. “Microplastics Detected in Human Blood in New Study.” Smithsonian.com, Smithsonian Institution, 28 Mar. 2022, https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/microplastics-detected-in-human-blood-180979826/.

🔗Link to a 2015 test of the bacteria/virus efficacy by iological Consulting Services

8. OutdoorGearLab Grayl Geopress review. GearLab. (n.d.). Retrieved July 20, 2022, While does not rate the Grayl high for hiking due to its size. It does rate it as the top scorer for filteration.

9. This Company Tested a bunch of filter straws and filters. including Grayl.

Grayl test screenshot from widners

“We are happy to report that water quality is amazing and unmatched when it comes to this system. We’d recommend it just for what Grayl advertises. This makes it the best option out there even when it comes to heavy pollution.” (8)

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