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sustainability by design

Lena Jüngst & Tim Jäger co-founded air up® with a life-centered approach, aiming to give people a small push into a more sustainable and healthier consumption behavior. We call it sustainability by design.

  • 1 pod flavors over 1 gallon of water, which could lead to a reduction of 10 - 16.9oz plastic bottles per pod. This means air up® pods need up to 88% less plastic than the pre-filled drink alternative.
  • The transportation of our flavor pods is around 99% more efficient than 16.9oz single-use platic water bottles.
  • air up®'s reusable system allows you to replace whatever breaks! Broken strap? Lost straw? Cracked body? You can get a spare part for each component of the air up® drinking system easily via our online store.

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sustainability by design

Lena Jüngst & Tim Jäger co-founded air up® with a life-centred approach, aiming to give people a small push into a more sustainable and healthier consumption behaviour. We call it sustainability by design.

  • 1 pod flavours at least 5 Litres of water, which could lead to a reduction of 5x 1l plastic bottles per pod. This means air up® pods need up to 88% less plastic* than the pre-filled drink alternative.
  • The transportation of our flavour pods is ca. 99% more efficient* than 500mL single-use water bottles.
  • It’s a reusable system that allows you to replace whatever breaks! Broken strap? Lost straw? Cracked body? You can get a spare part for each component of the air up® drinking system easily via our online store.

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what we’ve done and what’s to come

Sustainability is always work in progress. Why? Because sustainability is a journey, not a destination.

Now, we’re not perfect, but we are constantly looking for ways to think new and level up our sustainability efforts.

So, take a look at the videos to hear from a few of our air uppies on how we have been and will be making an effort to level up.

pod usage and disposal

Mix it up! Our pods are made to be easily switched. Feeling in a sour mood and then a sweet, no problem...we have a pick for every palate, mood and more.

The air up® flavor pods are lightweight and made from recyclable materials.

Remember: how to dispose of the pods and packaging may differ in your area. Please check with your local authorities on recycling guidance for different materials.

pod usage and disposal

Our pods are easily switchable and disposable. Simply put the pod back in the transparent case and pouch and pop on a new one.

  • The pod and transparent case go into the plastic bin.
  • The pouch goes into the household bin.

Remember – How to dispose of the pod and packaging may differ in your area. Please check with your local municipality on recycling guidance for different materials.


why use plain water?

The best way to use the air up® drinking system is by filling the bottle with plain water. Why?

It’s accessible, affordable, and safe to drink for most people.  It can replace single-use plastic bottles, which means less heavy trucks with pre-filled drinks on our highways.

Any plain or tap water station with safe drinking water becomes a tasty air up® refill station.

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why use tap water?

The best way to use the air up® drinking system is by filling the bottle with tap water. Why?

  • It’s accessible, affordable, and safe to drink for most people.*
  • It can replace single-use plastic bottles, which means less heavy trucks with pre-filled drinks on the roads.
  • Any tap with safe drinking water becomes a tasty air up® refill station.

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a few questions and answers.

air up® works with any plain safe drinking water, and can also be used with carbonated water. Before using any unknown source of water, check local practices and guidelines regarding the saftety of tap water. Most tap water in the US, and provided by major suppliers, is safe to drink. If you're uncertain about water quality in your area, or when traveling, check with the relevant provider or regulatory authority first. In some areas, tap water may require filtering or purifying for safe drinking. If you're unsure about the source or safety of the tap water you're using, use filtered or purified water. The air up® system itself does not filter or purify water.


Using air up® pods to flavor tap water can result in up to 88% less plastic waste when compared to buying single-use flavored drinks.

How have we got that number? We’re glad you asked!

So: 1 pod flavors over 1 gallon of water, which can lead to a reduction of 10 - 16.9oz plastic bottles per pod. This means that 1 pouch (that contains 3 pods) flavors around 4 gallons of water. With pre-filled single-use drinks, this would require just under 30 - 16.9oz plastic bottles.

An air up® pouch with 3 pods weighs 1.2oz (0.3oz for the pouch, 0.25oz per pod and 0.05oz per transparent case). If you compare this to the same amount of pre-bottled drinks, this can require almost ten times more plastic - around 10.5oz for 30 - 16.9oz bottles. In relative terms, this means our pods = 88% less plastic waste compared to single-use plastic bottles.


We think it’s safe to say that transporting our pods is more efficient than transporting pre-filled drinks. But, here’s a better breakdown in terms of what that means for transportation and pollution:

For air up®, 1 container can transport around 144,000 3-pod pouches (or 432,000 individual pods), which flavors around 550,000 gallons of water.

For bottled drinks, 1 container can transport roughly 35,000 single-use water bottles at 16.9 oz per bottle.

The volume of water that 1 container of air up® pods can flavor equals 119 containers of single-use 16.9 oz water bottles.

Overall, this means the transportation of our flavor pods is up to 99% more efficient in comparison to 16.9 oz single-use water bottles.


Our bottles are proudly made of Tritan, a high-quality and resistant plastic. Because of this, we encourage our customers to keep and use their air up® bottles for years. In case any part of the bottle gets damaged, such as the straw, mouthpiece, or lid, we offer spare parts on our online store to make it re-re-re-re-re-usable!


Our bottles are proudly made of Tritan, a high-quality and resistant plastic. Because of this, we encourage our customers to keep and use their air up® bottles for years. In case any part of the bottle gets damaged, such as the straw, mouthpiece, or lid, we offer spare parts on our online store to make it re-re-re-re-re-usable!


We initially started producing our products in China because we had no contacts and too little production volumes for European partners. From the very beginning, we’ve been keen on two main things: bringing our products closer to our customers as quickly as possible, and reducing our footprint accordingly. We let our actions speak. After all, sustainability requires action, not words.

Key milestones will enable us to have around 90% of our pods, and the majority of our bottles, produced in Europe by the end of 2023 and closer to our consumer base.


Our goal is crystal clear: level up sustainability by design, along the entire product lifecycle. To achieve, two main elements which have been identified:

1. Start at the beginning. Every time we design something - products, packaging, our supply chain etc. - let's do it in a way that reduces waste to a minimum and, ultimately, closes the loop.

2. Work in iterations. Start small, work up. Improve every time, and learn from the previous iteration. This is why sustainability at air up® is always a work in progress.

The path forward isn’t always the most straightforward, but we are committed to carving out the right one, regardless of the time it takes to get there.

We’ll be the first to tell you we aren’t perfect. Playing the long game requires a lot of planning, iterating and, sometimes, stumbling. But, you can count on us to keep trying to get better. To keep putting in the work. And to keep keeping you up to date every step of the way.