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26Feb/060

Bottled Water Waste

Think before you drink ...water. We bought 2 cases of Fruit2O (flavored water) last weekend at Sams Club and we already have a big pile of plastic in our garage. Makes me really ask myself: "Why don't I just reuse these bottles and drink regular tap water?". Here's a choice quote:

"Branding and bottling of water where there already exists a wholesome and safe supply of drinking water cannot be seen as a sustainable use of natural resources..."

And for those of you who believe we need to reduce our oil dependence:

"Making bottles to meet Americans' demand for bottled water requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel some 100,000 U.S. cars for a year."

Here's a neat little experiment (that we accidently did this week): skip putting the trash out for pickup and see how much "stuff" you actually throw away on a weekly basis. It's probably going to be a sizable pile. Now imagine each neighbor has the same garbage pile (add more for those with kids), then multiply by all the neighborhoods in the city, then multiply by all the cities in the state, then all the states in the country, and finally all the countries in the world. That's how much garbage is created each week.