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ENJOY | The Green Life

By Avital Binshtock Andrews

Pure Refreshment | Trendsetter: Natalie Coughlin | Travel Light | Heirloom Boom

Pure Refreshment

You've been told a thousand times not to buy bottled water. But you're on the road and parched, your Hydro Flask is empty, and the gas station's drinking fountain looks like a urinal. On top of that, you want something tasty. Good news: You can douse your thirst—and your guilt—with these eco-suggestions from our panel of beverage experts.

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JULIE SMOLYANSKY is the CEO of Lifeway Foods, the Illinois-based kefir-drink company that her Russian-immigrant father founded in 1986. She's developed soy and organic versions of kefir for her brand, which buys renewable-energy credits to offset 100 percent of the electricity it uses.

"When I'm on the go and in need of hydration, I look for VITA COCO's Coconut Water. It reminds me of sitting on a beach and enjoying a fresh coconut with the sound of the ocean crashing. Its ecofriendly, BPA-free Tetra Pak keeps the taste fresh, and it's low in sugar and calories but dense in nutrients, including potassium. As a distance runner, I'm always trying to replace electrolytes." About $3 for 17 ounces

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Photo by Lori Eanes


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