I’m taking a break from the ongoing story of my stem cells for EARTH DAY. 🙂 I decided this was a good time for me to examine some of my (bad) consumer habits and start some better-for-the-earth ones.
I’ve heard a lot of bad stuff about bottled water but I don’t really drink it so I never gave the criticisms much thought. But then I realized in fact I do drink bottled water- the 2 liter kind. Man, I thought I was doing a good thing, leaving behind diet soda with its aspartame and teeth rotting properties for crisp and refreshing seltzer…the 88 cent kind they have at Shaw’s. Raspberry, mm, delicioso.
But recently, as I see the old bottles collect in the recycle bin, I’ve been thinking, maybe my 2 liter bottles arent any better than those little bottles environmentalists are telling us to jettison for tap. These guys use the tap and they’re fine:
To be more specific, I drink like, I don’t know 4-8 two-liters of seltzer a month. That’s could be almost 100 plastic two liter bottles per year- for just me. That’s a lot of plastic for something I can get out of my tap after it takes a journey through my Pur filter.
Now, yes, I know plastic can be recycled. And while I can’t guaruntee Foxboro recycling goes to some place that turns it into more bottles and not plastic crap that gets thrown away anyhow, I’ll leave that question for another day. But I do recycle. Plastic bottles go in the blue bin, it’s second nature. However…what about the rest of water’s so-called carbon footprint?
Well, I’ve just read in several places (including off this flow chart) that the amount of OIL it takes to make the plastic for America’s bottled water per year is enough to fuel 1 million cars for a year. I dont know if they’re talking little bottled waters or what, but if they arent even factoring in the big ones in that figure, that’s even worse….I mean, it’s not a huge percentage, but it’s something… especially when it is , in many cases, totally unnecessary for people to purchase.
Also, there’s the transportation costs of bringing water from one place, often a tap in another city, bottling it, and shipping it down the street to the local store near me. That’s more fossil fuels used. (On the other hand, turning on my faucet and filling my filter container is pretty cheap. lol.) And, to make a bottled water – an individual one – it takes three times the water that’s actually in the bottle. That seems a bit wasteful.
So, it’s more expensive than tap, it uses more resources- fuel and water -than tap. It seems like a good thing to stop consuming without thinking. And I don’t have to quit seltzer completely, I can just cut down and still do my tiny part. Because seltzer is so bubbly and delicious.
So, I’m going tap for most of my water needs. Speaking of tap, Dule Hill… “Whaaaat!!!?” (That one was for Psych fans and also ties in nicely to my title…)
I’m trying to think of what else I can do to be more of a greener citizen. One thing I’m kicking around is only eating meat once a week. For a person with a turkey bacon habit like mine, that could get rough….