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Surfing on the Greenwave


Let’s start with the sad fact: everyday approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution are thrown away, most of which end up in the landfills or our oceans; in the better scenario they are delivered to the recycling stations, however we all know that recycling is not the answer.


有点难过的开始:每天大约有八百万件塑料被扔掉而产生污染,不是被焚烧就是扔进海洋,好点的情况就是送进回收站,但回收站并没有真正解决问题。


“ Everyday 8.000.000 pieces of plastic thrown away”

“每天产生大约八百万件塑料垃圾”



One way to effectively reduce our plastic waste (hopefully) to zero is to avoid buying bottled beverages and water. It might be easier to accomplish in countries with drinking water running out of the faucets, but what about China, for example? No matter if you’re about to prepare a cup of morning coffee or vegetable soup (for some foreign newcomers even the act of brushing the teeth can seem like drinking water alchemy), we always need to reach for the drinkable source.


减少塑料垃圾污染最有效的办法就是不买瓶装水和饮料。当然,在一些发达国家,水龙头里流出来的都是直饮水,可是在中国呢?对于刚来中国的、又习惯了“自来直饮水”的老外来说,要把早晨的漱口水、泡咖啡的水和做汤用的水都换成直饮水可不容易。


When I moved to China, as well as many other waiguorens (foreigners), it took me a little while to arrange the water issue: to find the right shushu who can deliver me the 20-liters bottle of water; to get used to different water quality while showering (later I found out the dry skin and brittle hair are the new nightmares for many people); also above mentioned teeth brushing was a bit tricky from the beginning (after few times of forgetting to be this precautious, I just gave up).


和其他老外一样,我刚来中国的时候,需要一段时间适应这个处理水的问题:找一个合适的送水叔把20升的瓶装水送到家;淋浴只好接受不好一点的水质(洗完我会发现皮肤发干、头发脆断,简直就是好多人的恶梦);一开始刷牙的时候也有点麻烦,后来就放弃了。


But what had taken me even longer to get used to was the extremely giant amount of plastic bottles that seemed to be everywhere! – not only the “classic” half of litre ones, but the shops, school, work place, conference venues were filled with small 2dcl bottles which I soon found out to be really enviro – dangerous.


可最不习惯的就是要面对巨多塑料瓶,它们简直无处不在!经典一点的半升装水是一种,另一种是出现在商店、学校、公司、会议上那些迷你小瓶毫升的水,我真的觉得是一种“环害”。


“Recycling isn’t the only solution”

“回收不是唯一解决方法”



There must be a solution for this pollution! Honestly speaking, it always takes quite some time for me to change the routine and if the only water issue I have to solve was “the dry skin and brittle hair”, I most probably would not take the action that fast, but! According to the current estimates, every year all over the world people consume around 500 billion plastic water and beverage bottles. Well, keeping in mind the Gandhi’s Be the change you want to see in the world, I started to look for the drinking water solution for myself.


必须为这种污染找到解决方法!说实话,我要改变一个习惯总要花很久,而且如果只是因为皮肤干燥和头发脆断的话,我很可能懒得采取行为。可是!根据现有估计,每年全世界人们约消耗5000亿瓶装水和饮料。因为总是想起甘地的“成为你想在这世界上看到的改变”,我开始自己寻找解决饮用水问题的办法。


“Worldwide 500.000.000.000 plastic bottles are consumed a year”

“每年全世界人们约消耗5000亿瓶装水和饮料”


At the beginning, I had no idea what I should be looking for. Soon after diving (literally!) into this topic, I found out that very effective filtration technology is so-called reverse osmosis, which can take away all the measurable pollutants from the water. Having it installed at home to provide safe water for me seems like a good thing to do!

一开始,我并不知道应该找什么。搜索这个话题后不久,我发现非常有效的过滤技术,就是所谓的反渗透,它可以带走水中所有可测量的污染物。 安装家里好像可以为我提供安全的水!


I was really happy to hear about the environmentally conscious company GreenWave based in Shanghai and Beijing. First of all, their name says it all: we’ve all already chosen to surf through our lives on the green waves; why not to take to the next level?


当我发现位于上海与北京的环保公司惠外科技(GreenWave)的时候真的很开心。首先因为他们的英文名字就说明了一切:我们都选择在绿色的海上冲浪,那么何不更进一步?


“ Live Better ⇒ Filter Water”

“更好地生活 ⇒ 过滤水”



Another thing I was a bit afraid of is the size of the filtration. Subconsciously I had it associated with the boiler (providing hot water in my grannie’s house back home) that would occupy (almost literally) half of my kitchen here in Shanghai. Luckily, the drinking system is installed underneath the kitchen sink and all you can see it a new shiny separate faucet on the sink. Awesome!


我开始有点担心过滤器的大小。我脑海里总把它与我奶奶的家中提供热水的大水炉联系在一起,而我在上海厨房里,一半的空间也是这样的大机器。好在饮水系统安装在厨房水槽下方,而且可以在水槽上看到一个新的闪亮的独立水龙头。 太棒了!


Greenwave offers the water filtration technology that removes the heavy metals, bacteria and nearly 100% of all pollutants from the water, moreover it will bring a peace (and comfort!) to your eco-friendly heart. One tiny little faucet filter can make a great improvement in our lives. And it even smells and tastes better!


惠外科技(GreenWave)提供的过滤水科技去除水中的重金属、细菌和几近100%的污染物,更重要的令环保人安心。一个小小水龙头会给生活带来很大的改善。连水的气味和味道也变得更好了!


Some of the Greenwave water filters products.

惠外科技的一部分产品。


We all are already aware that in order to live sustainable future, we have to take the action now; and one important area to be solved is the access to drinking water.

Live better, filter the water! :)


我们都意识到可持续发展的未来需要从现在的行动开始,而其中重要一方面就是获取直饮水的方式。

更好生活,过滤水吧!



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