Eliminating single-use plastic waste while quenching thirst

By Aric Sleeper

Staying hydrated is important for many reasons, but for those who can’t trust the tap and also don’t want to contribute to the 2,000 plastic water bottles already used every second, drinking water can be a challenge. Rich Razgaitis, founder and CEO of FloWater, wanted to make drinking purified water and eliminating plastic waste easier and more convenient with an advanced water purifying refill station. Here, he fills us in on his mission. 


Tell us about the refill stations.

FloWater’s refill station technology is unmatched by any other water-delivery system, with a water purification process that removes up to 99.9 percent of all contaminants, including chlorine, fluoride, lead, heavy metals and other environmental toxins, delivering the ultimate experience. The stations also alkalize, oxygenate, and add minerals and electrolytes to the purified water for better hydration. A coconut carbon filter finishes the water for a clean, crisp taste. FloWater refill stations are also self-sanitizing and feature an on-demand delivery system that provides perfectly chilled water in less than 10 seconds.

How have you seen FloWater benefit people and the environment at the ground level?

Since our launch in 2013, we have saved more than 100 million single-use plastic water bottles from the environment and are on target to hit one billion by 2022. Beyond this positive impact on the environment, our survey outcomes show that where FloWater refill stations are integrated into the workplace users report they’re substantially more hydrated, productive, energetic, and experience more restful sleep.

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Perhaps, most importantly are the outcomes. When we deploy a FloWater unit into a hotel, school, corporation, gym, or retailer, depending upon the audience, we’ll frequently see greater than an 80-percent reduction in single-use plastics and a two to five times increase in daily water consumption in addition to a reduction in coffee and soda consumption.

What are your hopes for FloWater moving forward?

I want us to be the company that sets the stage for a radical redefinition of how we view, consume, drink and treat water—a precious commodity. We are in the middle of a mega-trend moving away from plastic. We’re also facing growing concerns around tap water, some perceived, and others well founded. We all feel a deep responsibility to make an enduring imprint, and in the process, to build a great company that delivers a product people love that compels them to drink more water while also eliminating single use plastic bottle waste.

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