It all grew from a seed of an idea: What if we did a week's worth of content revolving around water? It makes up to 60 percent of our bodies, it's often the first ingredient in whatever beauty product you're using, drinking more of it can make you healthier, happier, and a more well-rounded person...so without further ado:
Welcome to Water Week.
To push the seed metaphor even further (which we didn't mean to do, but it seemed like a good way to track progress while also perfectly fitting into the metaphorical mold), we've planted some wheatgrass. For the past few days, we've been watering nine little pots set up on a sunny ledge in our easternmost conference room with different types of water—because we doubt we're alone in wondering if one of these bottles is actually superior to the others. And if it can make wheatgrass grow in a conference room better than its competitors, then that should be something of an indicator, right? Totally airtight.
(Though we would like to float a disclaimer: We bought one bottle of each and will be recycling it all after the fact. Once the bottles run out, that's it...on to tap water!)
Right now, our little seedlings are still developing, but we'll update you throughout the week. Expect earth-shattering, mind-bending results for sure.
(And for your records, we're using Evian, Fiji, LaCroix, Gatorade, Smart Water, Dasani, NYC tap water, filtered water, and Perrier. Our money's on Smart Water, but we'll see).
Nothing to speak of, yet. Lots of discussion about how much water (and Gatorade) is appropriate to use.
We've got movement! Again, relatively negligible, but Fiji and Perrier took off the fastest. Gatorade is really taking its time. But nothing conclusive yet.
We almost have enough wheatgrass to make a really lackluster smoothie-once these things start growing, they really grow. Fiji and Perrier are still doing the best, but marginally at this point. Gatorade is still lagging, as is LaCroix (we used the Coconut flavor). Going to go ahead and assume that plants don't have much of a sweet tooth.
At this point, we've run out of a bunch of our water bottles and recycled them. So as not to be accused of reckless plant abandonment, we're switching over to NYC tap water across the board. We hear it gets better the farther downtown you go—and lucky for us, we're in southern Soho. Now the question becomes, what should we really do once this wheatgrass finally matures?
Photographed by Edith Young.