I just pledged to carry a reusable water bottle with me instead of drinking out of bottled water (thanks to No Impact Man for the tip). This is a cool campaign–those plastic bottles are really bad stuff. Sure, it seemed like a good idea, made it convenient and all. But those bottles use up resources, contribute to global warming and are piling up in landfills and ditches all over the world (I picked up four littered bottles on my hike this morning). Worst of all–that water in the bottle is no better than the water in your kitchen tap. So, you might as well drink from a reusable bottle for a fraction of a penny instead of throwing down a buck or two.
This is one of those changes that we as humans–particularly Americans–should be able to change without giving up much comfort. It’ll make a huge impact. So, please join me in this pledge, and ask your friends and the grocery stores and restaurants where you spend money to do the same.At over 5 bucks a gallon, that bottled water you just bought is more expensive than gas!
I pledge to Break the Bottled Water Habit by Thinking Outside the Bottle and using a reusable water bottle instead of buying bottled water. I also pledge to support the efforts of local officials to stop spending public funds on bottled water and prioritize strong public water systems over bottled water profits.
Here are a few stats on bottled water, from water.newdream.org. And below that is a youtube video from the 20/20 news tv show.
Why you should take this pledge:
Everything we consume has a climate impact, but manufacturing and trucking water bottles to homes with clean tap water seems particularly wasteful. The Beverage Marketing Corporation reports that Americans consumed 31.2 billion liters of water in 2006 – nearly 9 liters per month for every man, woman, and child.
Manufacturing all those bottles requires 900,000 tons of plastic, the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of oil, and emit more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide. Trucking around all those heavy bottles emits even more greenhouse gases. Beyond the climate impact there’s the massive waste – 86% of water bottles aren’t recycled — and water bottling is also, ironically, a very water-intensive endeavor. The Pacific Institute tells us that it takes three liters of water to produce one liter of bottled water!