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Save a bottle, save the world

June 23, 2009

It probably won’t save the world, but it will do a hell of a lot to help. I want to share something that’s been hanging on my mind. So, I hear from many people that their water at work is disgusting. Instead of drinking from the water fountain, bottled water is taken to work. Or maybe it’s not work, just that you keep bottled water in your car at all times. Or in the house. Don’t give a fuck, it’s getting used somewhere.
Now for this equation we will assume that since people are supposed to drink 64oz of water a day and a bottle of water is usually 12oz, 5-1/2 bottles of water are consumed a day. But we know that people don’t spend all day at work, driving in the car, or drinking all that water so we’ll knock it down to 2-1/2 bottles per adult per day, to be fair.
This comes out to 5 bottles a day, 35 a week, 1820 a year(!) for an adult couple. I’m leaving kids out of this because recycling and living a sustainable life starts with the adults and we are the worst offenders.
You may say that you don’t drink that much, but ah-hah!, what about that soda, tea, energy drink, etc.in a plastic bottle? Included.
Imagine what all of those bottles are doing to the environment. You recycle? Good! That is a fantastic first step towards awareness of the environmental footprint your purchases leave.
BUT, for every bottle that is recycled and not reused, another bottle has to be made, AND the first bottle must be reprocessed. I am not in any way denouncing recycling. No way! I do it all the time, yeah, yeah, cuz I do it all the time. I’m just trying to get people to realize that it’s still a cycle. Make, package, ship, use, recycle, make, package, ship, on and on.
If that cycle can be stopped (composting) or halted (using reusable, recyclable waterbottles), then the environmental impact becomes even less than can be imagined.
Consider, instead of purchasing the 75.8 24-packs of water a year totalling $455.00, purchasing a reusable, recyclable pop top water jug from Wal-Mart for $1. The process can be halted for an entire year or more for only $2! Don’t know about you but I can always stand to save $453 (and this is just calculating for an 2 adults no kids!). The jugs are colorful, smallish (I say -ish, they hold about 16 oz.), leak-proof, and easy for a kid to use. I fill it up and take it with us whenever we go anywhere a clean water fountain won’t be available.
I saw how much went to recycling and felt like a hug terd. By cutting down on how much actually goes to recycling, we are making even less of a footprint, saving more money, and taking a greater leap towards a healthier Earth.
Be aware.

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2 Comments
  1. June 26, 2009 3:49 am

    I totally agree. A few years ago I gave all my kids water bottles from REI for Christmas. They loved them and are still using them! I gave them each another one before our cross country road trip last summer and yes, they are all still in tact. One shelf in the door of our fridge is devoted to water bottles. Each member of the family has their own bottles. All are either a distinctive pattern or labeled with a sharpie so no germ sharing. “The little bottles that could!”

    • June 26, 2009 2:40 pm

      Hahaha! Your kid’s must have built a serious attachment to their water bottles if they survived a trip! Keeping containers of water in the fridge and freezer also lowers energy consumption of the fridge because it’s not working so hard to keep things cool. Double duty hurrah!

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