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Raz Razgaitis

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#100-Recycling Is Dead with Raz Razgaitis

YourForest

Your Forest Podcast by Matthew Kristoff Recycling Is Dead with Raz Razgaitis Episode highlightRaz Razgaitis, CEO of FloWater, talks about water security, the failure of the plastics recycling system, and how his company is making clean drinking water democratized and pure while eliminating plastic waste. ResourcesFloWater: https://www.drinkflowater.com/Social Media: @drinkflowater Plastic Pollution Coalition: https://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/ SponsorsWest Fraser: https://www.westfraser.com/ GreenLink Forestry Inc.: http://greenlinkforestry.com/ Damaged Timber: https://www.damagedtimber.com/ GiveawayEnter YourForest10 at checkout at the Damaged Timber store for a 10% discount!Quotes 15.40 - 15.47: “I think, in many ways, big bottled water is very much… the big tobacco of 2020 and 2021”. 16.39 - 16.44: “Let’s keep these plastics from even being created in the first place so then we don’t have to recycle them.” 31.40 - 31.48: “We’re facing a situation today where there are going to be more plastics in the ocean by the year 2050 than there are fish.” 34.35 - 34.38: “We do believe everyone deserves access to clean drinking water that they can trust.” 43.03 - 43.11: “There’s a lot of data that even the stuff that makes it into your recycle bin, there’s a pretty low chance that it actually makes it all the way through the recycling system.”Takeaways What makes Raz get out of bed each morning (5.01) Raz is motivated to end the use of single-use plastic water bottles by democratizing and decentralizing water. He also feels a sense of “responsibility and obligation” towards making these happen for the planet and its people. A big opportunity to do good while doing well (10.57) Raz took a natural wellness approach to break free from medications and to make water the healthy drink of choice for everyone. He also wanted to move from a greenwashed idea of recycling to ‘uncycling’ - removing plastics from the ecosystem. Whether you’re drinking bottled water or not, you’re now drinking bottled water (20.40) Raz cites a SUNY study stating 90% of bottled and tap water contains 300 microplastic particles per litre. While cigarettes contain 6000 known chemicals, plastic bottles contain 10,000 which permeate our organs. Though tap water is cheap and easily available, people can’t trust it. A regression back to a positive natural state (29.24) Raz explains that microplastics contribute to oxidative stress and inflammation in human and non-human animals, and cause the destruction of marine life. Aquatic animals ingest them and lead them into our food system. FloWater makes tap water plastic-free, safe and re-mineralized. Recycling is broken (41.41) Raz laments that instead of being recycled, 8 million tonnes of plastic bottles get dumped into waterways every year. Human behaviour is difficult to change, especially moving people away from the convenience of single-use plastic water bottles when they don’t like or trust tap water. Make the switch from trash to treasure (49.19) Focussed on ending single-use plastic water bottle use, FloWater is offering touchless refill stations to purify water fountains at schools and other public places, and water packed in aluminum bottles to transition people from single-use to reusables through infinite recyclables.

3 Mar 2021

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The modern water dispenser, mission business & transforming tap water (Raz Razgaitis of Flowater)

The Impactors Podcast

Episode #66 of Season 2 of The Social Impactors Podcast features #SocialImpactor Rich 'Raz' Razgaitis, Co-Founder & CEO of Flowater, the modern water dispenser that provides the world's best-tasting water while eliminating 1 billion single-use plastic bottles, by 2022. Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Rich Razgaitis, (raz gatis), who goes by Raz, Co-Founder & CEO of FloWater, the world’s most advanced water refill station and member of the Inc. 500 list, Raz is combining his 20+ years of leadership & tech experience to deliver a product that keeps 5.5 plastic water bottlesfrom reaching our landfills and oceans every second (170+ million to date). Raz and I talk about the interesting topic of "David vs The Big Plastic Goliath. We set the scene during out interview together: plastic waste is understood to contribute to species extinction, ecological devastation, climate change, and human health problems. But despite holding the dubious distinction of being the world's biggest plastic polluter, Coca Cola and other industry giants are actively sabotaging efforts to curb plastic waste. Raz gives his powerful answers to these questions: 1. Raz, how would you say your experience has been fighting (and winning) the good fight against industry interests bent on protecting their profits at all costs? 2. Businesses are big, hard to change, how do they build a new mission or lead a new juxtaposing industry? 3. As David, in this example, how are you building your business and staying true to your mission? 4. What advice would you give to people listening today, to start making their own impact in the world? If you enjoyed the episode leave a #iTunes review to help new people find it! Link: https://apple.co/2WI5Ckn Email me if you have a special guest in mind that you want me to host on the podcast! Link: thesocialimpactors@gmail.com #SocialImpactEverywhere--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theimpactorspodcast/support

24mins

13 May 2020

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Ep. 186 - Raz Razgaitis, FloWater CEO on Disrupting the Water Business

Inside Outside Innovation

Raz Razgaitis, co-founder and CEO of FloWater, talks with Brian Ardinger, Inside Outside Innovation Founder, about the disruption that's happening in the water business, what it's like to be working in a big company and move to a startup, and everything in between. Interview Transcript (To read the entire interview transcript, go to http://insideoutside.io) Brian Ardinger: On this week's episode of Inside Outside Innovation, we interviewed Raz Razgaitis. He is the co-founder and CEO of FloWater. We talk about the disruption that's happening in the water business, what it's like to be working in a big company, and move from there to a startup, and everything in between. Let's get started. Inside Outside Innovation is the podcast that brings you the best and the brightest in the world of startups and innovation. I'm your host, Brian Ardinger, founder of InsideOutside.IO, a provider of research events and consulting services that help innovators and entrepreneurs build better products, launch new ideas, and compete in a world of change and disruption.  Each week we'll give you a front row seat to the latest thinking tools, tactics, and trends, in collaborative innovation. Let's get started. Welcome to another episode of Inside Outside Innovation. I'm your host, Brian Ardinger, and as always, we have another amazing guest today with me is Raz Razgaitis.  He is the co founder and CEO of FloWater. Raz, welcome to the show.  Raz Razgaitis: Thanks Brian. Great to be here.  Brian Ardinger: I'm excited to have you on board because you're trying to disrupt this new world of water. So let's start there and talk a little bit about FloWater.  Raz Razgaitis: Well, Brian, our whole mantra is really around changing the way the world drinks water. The foundation of our company is to provide decentralized distributed water purification wherever consumers work, rest and play. So that they can have what we believe is the world's best tasting water, on tap, wherever they are. And the purpose behind that is to completely eradicate, not only single use plastic water bottles, which are the new environmental cigarette, but also to provide a pathway to eliminate all packaged water.  Because not only does it end up in oceans, lakes, rivers, and landfills. For example, right now, Americans are drinking the equivalent of two credit cards worth of plastics. Microplastics. Wow. Every month as a result of their tap and bottled water. It's not just bottled water, but they're actually drinking their bottled water that's in now microplastics in their tap water. Exactly. We're literally now drinking our plastics, and the whole idea of our company is to completely eradicate that.  And what we're doing is we've built a piece of technology and a piece of hardware that right now, it's primarily available to businesses and companies and organizations. And so that's generally hotels, schools, corporations, gyms, retailers, where we provide a FloWater refill station that has a very powerful purification system in it, that takes any tap water effectively anywhere in the world and turns it into something that will be better tasting than your favorite bottled water brand. But it's available in a refillable format so that you are reusing either a multiuse bottle or a refillable bottle, or even a single use bottle that you're refilling. So if you end up having to buy a single use plastic water bottle, but you get to refill that five times, we've just seen an 80% reduction in the usage of single use packaging, which is a great thing.  To read the entire interview transcript, go to http://insideoutside.io  Please subscribe and leave a 5-Star Review to help us get the IO podcast heard. Thank you! 

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11 Feb 2020

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Ep. 186 - Raz Razgaitis, FloWater CEO on Disrupting the Water Business

Inside Outside

Raz Razgaitis, co-founder and CEO of FloWater, talks with Brian Ardinger, Inside Outside Innovation Founder, about the disruption that's happening in the water business, what it's like to be working in a big company and move to a startup, and everything in between.Interview Transcript(To read the entire interview transcript, go to http://insideoutside.io)Brian Ardinger: On this week's episode of Inside Outside Innovation, we interviewed Raz Razgaitis. He is the co-founder and CEO of FloWater. We talk about the disruption that's happening in the water business, what it's like to be working in a big company, and move from there to a startup, and everything in between. Let's get started. Inside Outside Innovation is the podcast that brings you the best and the brightest in the world of startups and innovation. I'm your host, Brian Ardinger, founder of InsideOutside.IO, a provider of research events and consulting services that help innovators and entrepreneurs build better products, launch new ideas, and compete in a world of change and disruption.  Each week we'll give you a front row seat to the latest thinking tools, tactics, and trends, in collaborative innovation. Let's get started. Welcome to another episode of Inside Outside Innovation. I'm your host, Brian Ardinger, and as always, we have another amazing guest today with me is Raz Razgaitis.  He is the co founder and CEO of FloWater. Raz, welcome to the show. Raz Razgaitis: Thanks Brian. Great to be here. Brian Ardinger: I'm excited to have you on board because you're trying to disrupt this new world of water. So let's start there and talk a little bit about FloWater. Raz Razgaitis: Well, Brian, our whole mantra is really around changing the way the world drinks water. The foundation of our company is to provide decentralized distributed water purification wherever consumers work, rest and play. So that they can have what we believe is the world's best tasting water, on tap, wherever they are. And the purpose behind that is to completely eradicate, not only single use plastic water bottles, which are the new environmental cigarette, but also to provide a pathway to eliminate all packaged water. Because not only does it end up in oceans, lakes, rivers, and landfills. For example, right now, Americans are drinking the equivalent of two credit cards worth of plastics. Microplastics. Wow. Every month as a result of their tap and bottled water. It's not just bottled water, but they're actually drinking their bottled water that's in now microplastics in their tap water. Exactly. We're literally now drinking our plastics, and the whole idea of our company is to completely eradicate that. And what we're doing is we've built a piece of technology and a piece of hardware that right now, it's primarily available to businesses and companies and organizations. And so that's generally hotels, schools, corporations, gyms, retailers, where we provide a FloWater refill station that has a very powerful purification system in it, that takes any tap water effectively anywhere in the world and turns it into something that will be better tasting than your favorite bottled water brand. But it's available in a refillable format so that you are reusing either a multiuse bottle or a refillable bottle, or even a single use bottle that you're refilling. So if you end up having to buy a single use plastic water bottle, but you get to refill that five times, we've just seen an 80% reduction in the usage of single use packaging, which is a great thing. To read the entire interview transcript, go to acast.com/privacy

19mins

11 Feb 2020

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Ep. 186 - Raz Razgaitis, FloWater CEO on Disrupting the Water Business

Inside Outside

Raz Razgaitis, co-founder and CEO of FloWater, talks with Brian Ardinger, Inside Outside Innovation Founder, about the disruption that's happening in the water business, what it's like to be working in a big company and move to a startup, and everything in between. Interview Transcript (To read the entire interview transcript, go to http://insideoutside.io) Brian Ardinger: On this week's episode of Inside Outside Innovation, we interviewed Raz Razgaitis. He is the co-founder and CEO of FloWater. We talk about the disruption that's happening in the water business, what it's like to be working in a big company, and move from there to a startup, and everything in between. Let's get started. Inside Outside Innovation is the podcast that brings you the best and the brightest in the world of startups and innovation. I'm your host, Brian Ardinger, founder of InsideOutside.IO, a provider of research events and consulting services that help innovators and entrepreneurs build better products, launch new ideas, and compete in a world of change and disruption.  Each week we'll give you a front row seat to the latest thinking tools, tactics, and trends, in collaborative innovation. Let's get started. Welcome to another episode of Inside Outside Innovation. I'm your host, Brian Ardinger, and as always, we have another amazing guest today with me is Raz Razgaitis.  He is the co founder and CEO of FloWater. Raz, welcome to the show.  Raz Razgaitis: Thanks Brian. Great to be here.  Brian Ardinger: I'm excited to have you on board because you're trying to disrupt this new world of water. So let's start there and talk a little bit about FloWater.  Raz Razgaitis: Well, Brian, our whole mantra is really around changing the way the world drinks water. The foundation of our company is to provide decentralized distributed water purification wherever consumers work, rest and play. So that they can have what we believe is the world's best tasting water, on tap, wherever they are. And the purpose behind that is to completely eradicate, not only single use plastic water bottles, which are the new environmental cigarette, but also to provide a pathway to eliminate all packaged water.  Because not only does it end up in oceans, lakes, rivers, and landfills. For example, right now, Americans are drinking the equivalent of two credit cards worth of plastics. Microplastics. Wow. Every month as a result of their tap and bottled water. It's not just bottled water, but they're actually drinking their bottled water that's in now microplastics in their tap water. Exactly. We're literally now drinking our plastics, and the whole idea of our company is to completely eradicate that.  And what we're doing is we've built a piece of technology and a piece of hardware that right now, it's primarily available to businesses and companies and organizations. And so that's generally hotels, schools, corporations, gyms, retailers, where we provide a FloWater refill station that has a very powerful purification system in it, that takes any tap water effectively anywhere in the world and turns it into something that will be better tasting than your favorite bottled water brand. But it's available in a refillable format so that you are reusing either a multiuse bottle or a refillable bottle, or even a single use bottle that you're refilling. So if you end up having to buy a single use plastic water bottle, but you get to refill that five times, we've just seen an 80% reduction in the usage of single use packaging, which is a great thing.  To read the entire interview transcript, go to http://insideoutside.io You can also listen on Acast, iTunes, Sticher, Spotify, Castbox, and many others. Please subscribe and leave a 5-Star Review to help us get the IO podcast heard. Thank you!

19mins

11 Feb 2020

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#116: Building a Disruptive Brand with Innovation with Raz Razgaitis of FloWater

Powderkeg - Igniting Startups

In a market that’s more crowded than ever, today’s brands want to be louder and achieve more if they’re wanting to capture the attention of their target market. The phrase “Disruptive Branding” has started to make an insurgence and has started to lead the way as many companies are searching for new innovations and for new ways of reaching out to their specific audiences. But how can we build a disruptive brand? And what is innovation’s role in building disruption?On today’s episode, we’ll be speaking with Raz Razgaitis. Raz is the Co-Founder and CEO at Denver-Based FloWater, a company that is revolutionizing the way people get safe drinking water. Raz started his career in Fortune 500 companies, including Johnson and Johnson and Eli Lilly. Since then he’s been the CEO at several high-growth companies, and Raz is combining his 20+ years of leadership & tech experience to deliver FloWater ---- a water refill station product that keeps 2.38 plastic water bottles from reaching our landfills and oceans every second (130 million to date). In this episode, you’ll get to hear Raz’s thoughts and ideas on how companies can successfully build successful brands with new innovations. You’ll also get to hear him share his views and thoughts on the water bottle crisis and how his company FloWater is innovating the way we drink safe drinking water. Tune in for more!In this episode with Raz Razgaitis, you’ll learn:--- How to build a disruptive brand through innovation--- The difficulties of choosing startup life over corporate life--- Best advice for people who work at startups providing the most value--- What inspired Raz to found and launch FloWater--- How you can help with the mission for FloWaterPlease enjoy this conversation with Raz Razgaitis!If you like this episode, please subscribe and leave us a review on iTunes. You can also follow us on Soundcloud or Stitcher. We have an incredible lineup of interviews we’ll be releasing every Tuesday here on the Powderkeg Podcast. Check it out at powderkeg.com/itunes.

59mins

17 Dec 2019