The Evils of Plastic, Water EditionJuly 15, 2008
The problem can seem overwhelming, the more you learn. I am working towards improving my health on all levels, and part of that is trying to reduce the amount of plastic I use, as well as, the amount of new plastic I purchase. These are small steps, but I think it is important that I am making them, rather than just ignoring the issue. I am no where near the level of Beth Terry, aka Fake Plastic Fish, but I am thankful she gives such good information on how to reduce consumption. She also offers loads of alternatives to plastic.
One step I have taken is my work water bottle. I have a glass bottle with a metal screw top lid. It started life as a bottle of apple juice that I bought. When the juice was gone, I kept the bottle and now I refill it with tap water from the water fountain at my work. I have saved about three dollars a day doing this, because that’s how often I fill it. That’s at least three disposable bottles a day that I am not consuming.
At home, I have a filtered pitcher to filter out the chlorine from my water. I drink that water out of my glasses, and I use it in my coffee maker. I don’t buy bottled water for home use. My tap water is well water, not city water. I live too far out in the county to be on a city system.
I will be going back on the road with my job in September. One option I am looking into is a Kleen Kanteen. Ms. Terry recommends this product. The advantage is it almost plastic free, it is easily refillable, and I will ALWAYS know which water container is mine. Also, if I drop it, it will not shatter. Potential shattering is why I do not want to take a glass bottle with me.
What’s one change you have made to reduce plastic use in your life?