Because Half of Daily Chlorine Exposure is In the Shower, Made in USA
With Sprite shower filters, it is our mission to take on Chlorine with filters that remove it at a rate of 99% from your shower water. With over 23 U.S. and International patents and 24 years of experience, we are the leader in shower technology. Scientific studies have linked chlorine exposure to potentially harmful health conditions. Chlorine vaporizes in a hot shower and when inhaled into the lungs is transferred directly into the blood system. Shower filtration by Sprite is a clear choice for those concerned about maintaining their home's healthy environment, including the quality of the water and air. Protect your home's environment with Sprite Filter in every shower.
Did you know:
50% of daily chlorine exposure occurs in the shower
Free chlorine does not play well with the body's health. It causes skin irritation and becomes a vapor at room temperature, causing you to breathe the chlorine in to the lungs. This is especially unfortunate considering that the molecule has been linked to cancer in studies.
Most Sprite products are NSF Certified to standard #177 for shower filtration. Don't be misled by companies who claim NSF Certified Filtration Media. It's not the same as being certified to Standard 177!
In the beginning, Sprite filters remove free chlorine at an efficiency rate of 99%. Sprite cartridges use a patented filtration media that converts chlorine into a harmless salt that is found frequently in beauty products.
Chlorine in Your Shower
Chlorine is universally used to chemically disinfect water. It kills germs, bacteria and other living organisms. Chlorine readily passes through the cell wall and attaches to the fatty acids of the cell, disrupting the life sustaining functions. The human body is composed of billions of cells. Most people are aware that the quality of their drinking water can be improved by filtering their tap water or buying bottled water. However, many do not realize that they are addressing only a part of the problem.
One half of our daily chlorine exposure is from showering. Chlorine is not only absorbed through the skin, but also vaporizes above room temperature, where it can be inhaled into the lungs, and transferred directly into the blood system. In fact, the chlorine exposure from one shower is equal to an entire day's amount of drinking the same water. Drinking filtered or bottled water only does half the job.
Documented scientific studies conclude that taking long hot showers is a health risk. In the enclosed shower stall, chlorine vaporizes where it is inhaled. To a lesser degree, dermal absorption also occurs. As chlorine is added to kill pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, the highly reactive chlorine combines with fatty acids and carbon fragments to form a variety of toxic compounds. Medical studies suggest a link between absorption and inhalation of chlorine in the shower environment, with elevated risks for diseases and serious illnesses. Showering in chlorinated water may also cause pre-existing conditions, such as asthma and eczema, to become exacerbated.
In addition to health benefits of filtering water, there are cosmetic benefits. Symptoms of chlorine exposure are dry and/or flaking skin, dry brittle hair and red irritated eyes. Filtering the shower water reduces these symptoms. Skin and hair feel softer and eyes become less red and irritated.
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Sprite shower filters work on a similar principle to a Catalytic Converter in an automobile. In shower filtration free-chlorine is converted into a harmless chloride. The scientific name for this chemical reaction is known as "Reduction-Oxidation", commonly referred to as Redox.
In the shower environment, chlorine can either be in liquid or gas state. At higher water temperatures in the enclosed shower stall, free-chlorine moves from the liquid to the gas state, where it vaporizes and is subsequently inhaled. The United States regulates all showerhead flow at 2.5 gallons per minute. Thus, the science behind shower filtration must take into account the unique situation in the shower, including: temperature, flow rate and volume.
Our filtration media makes it possible...
Redox reactions can be chemically complex. Simply stated, during a Redox reaction electrons are transferred between molecules, creating new elements. For instance, when free-chlorine comes in contact with the filtration media, it is changed into a benign, water-soluble chloride. This reaction changes free-chlorine to a larger chloride molecule. This new salt-based molecule requires more energy (heat) to evaporate than a water heater at industry-standard maximum temperatures allows and is too large to be absorbed by the skin. It is then carried harmlessly through the water supply.
...is one type of Redox filtration media. Researched, developed and patented by David Farley, CEO of Sprite Industries, Inc., Chlorgon converts free chlorine and some combined chlorines to a harmless chloride salt. A proprietary blend of Copper, Zinc and Calcium Sulfide, Chlorgon works well in a variety of temperatures from hot to cold. It is also the active ingredient for Sprite's Mediterranean Blue: De-chlorinating Bath Salts.
All Sprite filtered shower products contain Chlorgon.
Why not Carbon?
The temperature of tap water ranges from 60- 75 degrees (F).
Showering temperatures typically range from 85-105 degrees (F).
The flow rate of most drinking water filters is less than 1/2 gallon per minute (GMP).
Shower water flows at a minimum of 2.5 GPM (5x greater).
Even using cold water, a minimum of 5x the amount of carbon would be necessary to filter the shower water.
Most drinking filters produce 1-3 gallons per day (GPD).
Shower usage ranges from 12.5-50 GPD (12x greater).
Even with cold water and a 5x larger carbon filter, the filter would have to be an additional 12x larger, or a total of 60x the size of the original tap water filter.
Carbon is a cold water filter. It is most effective at temperature ranges of 50-80 degrees (F). At higher temperatures, carbon becomes ineffective. It will "off-load" and release contaminants into the water. Sprite shower filtration media was designed for hot water, becoming more efficient as the water temperature increases.
Of course, you don't shower in cold water and wouldn't use a 60 lb. shower filter. And we wouldn't cut a carbon filter in half and expect it to adequately filter shower water. Instead, Sprite invested a great amount of research in developing a line of realistic catalytic shower filters that filter both free and combined chlorines, dirt, sediment, odors, hydrogen sulfide, iron oxides, and more, from your shower water.
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