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Why we don't use some stuff.

Why I don’t use plastic water bottles.

I don’t use plastic water bottles. Ever. Remember Evian spelled backwards is Naive.

Sometimes I want to explain myself fully but realistically I am a busy woman and someone else has maybe already said what I want to say. That being said the following is an excerpt from a blog post on GreenLiving.com by Shelagh McNally.

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Are you one of the 88 percent who throw their bottle out? Collectively we are dumping 40 million plastic water bottles per day. Stop using plastic water bottles and reduce your carbon footprint. (You’ll also save money.)

A good job of selling True be told: 40 percent of bottled water starts out as tap water. Companies, like Coca Cola and Pepsi, take the water for free, running it through some filters, pour it into a bottle with a fancy name and then sell it back to us at a price 240 to 10,000 times higher than tap water.

Illusion of health Clever marketing has made us believe that bottle water is healthier and much more pure than tap water. But a four year study by the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) found plenty of bacteria and chemicals in bottled water. Since there are currently no regulations in place for bottled water it’s hard to know exactly what you are buying.

Check the label of your bottled water. If it is says “from a municipal source” or “from a community water system” it’s plain old tap water.

Go with stainless steelSave money and reduce your carbon footprint: buy a water filer for home use and fill up your stainless steel bottle, which won’t leak any chemicals

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I haven’t bought or drank from plastic water bottles for so long that I can’t even remember. I would guess at least two years. Before that it was few and far between. People complain about gas prices but then ante up more per litre for something that is free from a tap. In BC we have the most beautiful tap water in the water why would we pay for it and package it in something that may be toxic?

If I am on the go sometimes I put my tap water in a mason jar with a lid. One blog recommends filling your mason jar with ice and only an inch of water. If you are out all day it will melt slowly and stay nice and cold. I would mention that we also do not own a Brita Filter but I may save that for another rant. For that matter what is so wrong with a water fountain?

~Stephanie

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.

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2 thoughts on “Why I don’t use plastic water bottles.

  1. I would like to hear your rant on Brita Filters….

    Posted by Sarah Tobin | January 10, 2012, 8:52 pm

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