The Okanogan Highlands Bottling Company was established in 1998 to prove that Water Is More Precious Than Gold
. We believe people have the power to change what is wrong in our world. We must speak out and act when we see an injustice.
Our action water affords people the opportunity to get involved by sending a message in a bottle to the powers that be about the issues represented on our labels. Recycling a bottle with a political message as a mailing tube turns a consumer into an activist. We want to encourage folks to speak up about peace and the environmental effects of cyanide leach gold mining.
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After challenging chemical leach mining here at home in Okanogan County in North-Central Washington State since 1990,
we've seen that it takes more than one strategy to stop a multinational mining company from putting cyanide and other toxic chemicals into our
About Our Labels
In April 2003, it became obvious that Water for Peace
had to come next. War is a terrible, nasty and often one-sided affair. Common people have something to say about it, but are not afforded the opportunity to do so. We encourage public participation in creating a U.S. Department of Peace.
By "sending a message in a bottle" we directly contact the powers that be and effectively express ourselves.
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Much care was taken in designing the Water for Peace label. We learned from developing the Water More Precious Than Gold label that words are powerful. Dr. Masaru Emoto of Japan describes in his book Messages From Water
how water responds to that which surrounds it. By photographing the crystalline structure of frozen water, Dr. Emoto demonstrated how music, words, pictures, and intention actually changed the quality of the water inside the container. Positive words on the label create "high vibration water" within the bottle. We decided to create a totally positive, inspirational and beautiful water label to enhance the already delicious spring water we are using.
In 2007 our attention was drawn to the injustice of immigration laws, and Agua Si Se Puede!
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So many of us have immigrants in our own family only a generation or two ago, and know their stories of struggle for a better life. Today, people still come looking for a better life and are told, "No, you can't come; No, you can't have a living wage; No, you can't live without fear of intimidation." And we respond, "Yes, we can! Si, Se Puede!"
About Our Water
Currently, our spring water is bottled for us by Idaho Ice from a refreshingly pristine source near Elk River, Idaho. (See an analysis of our water
) Our goal is to eventually bottle our waters locally in the Okanogan to provide an economic, as well as environmental, incentive to keep our water clean. We will prove that Water Is More Precious Than Gold. By drinking or distributing our waters you help that dream become reality.
We are aware of the contradictions of 'environmental bottled water', and have not resigned ourselves to the plastic bottle status quo. We are currently using the highest quality PET #1 plastic containers. Much has been said about corn-based, compostable water bottles. As far as we know, everyone bottling in these is using GMO (genetically modified) corn-based plastic. We see this as 'dancing with the devil'. Our research into creating non-GMO containers revealed it would be cost prohibitive--the manufacturer wanted us to buy a 3 year supply up front, for example, before they could start production. We are monitoring this situation, and as soon as a real alternative is available we'll be all over it.
What about glass? To be truly environmental, at least part of our stock should be bottled in recycled glass containers. This has its own problems: we've not found a bottler that will agree to bottle in glass; most events won't allow glass containers on their grounds; and glass is heavy--transportation costs go up. One of our solutions is we bring water in bulk to events and refill your containers. We're looking for more solutions--do you have another? It all takes $, ie investors. Interested in helping prove Water is More Precious Than Gold
About Our Future
There are many issues in today's world that need our attention. Protecting parks and our national forests, saving old growth forests, ozone depletion, global warming, ocean issues including saving wild salmon, whales and coral reefs, genetically modified foods, stopping food irradiation, industrial farming and the unethical treatment of animals, a presidential pardon for political prisoner Leonard Peltier, and creating national health care are just a few of them. Our vision is to use bottled water to carry those messages.