In 2009, Jason Carignan ’95, along with David Czerwinski and Brent Reinke, founded Vapur, the Anti-Bottle, in response to an alarming consumer trend.
According to the National Recycling Coalition, the average American consumes 167 bottles of water a year and only recycles about 38 (23 percent). That means that every year Americans are sending 38 million plastic bottles to landfills, or worse, into our oceans and rivers, where it will take them upwards of 700 years to decompose.
Vapur is an environmentally friendly and reusable water bottle that can be rolled, folded or flattened when empty – easily fitting into pockets, purses or packs. The innovative design, intended to be both fashionable and portable, comes in a variety of colors complete with a carabiner. Thanks to features in several mainstream magazines and on talk shows, sales have skyrocketed from 10,000 units in 2009 to 1 million in 2010.
This year Carignan and the folks from Vapur (including Jennifer Guy ’10) welcomed CLU’s freshman class to campus and helped deliver a message of sustainability. Every incoming student received the Vapur Anti-Bottle, partially donated by the company, and Carignan and Guy participated in “You Got Served,” a community service event for first-year students.
For more information on the Vapur Anti-Bottle, visit www.vapur.us.