Blog Action Day 2010: WATER
Today is Blog Action Day, and the topic for bloggers to write about is WATER. It’s a very broad topic, which is good, when thousands of people will be writing about it!
What my focus will be today is ditching those nasty plastic bottles. Remember when everyone jumped on the bottled water bandwagon? Even though some of us initially thought it may be a little crazy to pay for something we could get from the kitchen sink, let’s face it, we all jumped on board and realized — hey, drinking water is good for us, and this is portable!
Well, new research has said otherwise.
First of all, the plastic-bottle waste is a huge factor. According to food.change.org,
“An estimated 86 percent of single-use plastic bottles are not recycled—they end up littering our streets and waterways and clogging our landfills.”
How sad is that? Thankfully, many cities are cutting back on bottled water at major events & venues. You can find locations to refill your stainless steel water bottle here. There is also an iPhone app that will help you find tap-water stations as well.
Wait, is tap water even safe? Personally, I love drinking the tap water here in Grand Rapids. And many bottled water is simply tap water put through a different filtering process, but in the end, it still is housed in a plastic bottle, that, according to Discovery News:
“It now appears possible that some as-yet unidentified chemicals in these plastics have the potential to interfere with estrogen and other reproductive hormones, just as the infamous plasticizers BPA and phthalates do.”
So, today, my advice to those of you who are still purchasing plastic water bottles is to recycle what you have, then stop buying plastic bottles and take a few minutes RIGHT NOW to seek out a new stainless steel water bottle, they come in many colors and styles — have fun with it! Heck, buy a few — have one for work, one for home and one for the car so you always have one within arms reach. Get your kids on board. My kids LOVE their adorable stainless steel bottles and we always hear comments about how great it is to see the little ones with water instead of sugary juice boxes.
If you are interested in learning more about water and how much your family actually uses, check out this calculator. At the end, it will tell you what your carbon-water-footprint is and list tips on what you can do to save your family money, as well as the earth. Let’s do what we can to keep our world beautiful and pass along a better place to our children & grandchildren.
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