Thankfully I don’t mean the glass bottles because that would mean beer… and wine… and hard liquor. And that would just be wrong.
A little while ago I wrote about my fear of the complete deterioration of the environment and thus, the end of the world. In the comments Kirstin said:
I don’t think you’re irrational about this, and I completely understand the fear. (I may actually be completely irrational, because in addition to worrying about “my kids won’t be able to swim in lakes or eat fresh food,” I also worry about things like “I won’t be able to send them to private college and if I die, I can’t trust anyone else with them.)
You’ve got the right idea, though. All we can do is take the steps we can to stop this mess, and realize that things happen without our consent all the time, and sometimes all we can do is be brave and face them.
(PS- you’ll be happy to know I almost bought a bottle of water on Sunday, and then I thought, “What would Lauren do?” and stopped myself.)
And hey! I’ve greatly, greatly reduced my bottle water usage! She’s right! Ever since 8/7/2010 I’ve purchased 4 bottles of water. I understand that sometimes (like during air travel, or during other unique situations) the convenience of a bottle of water trumps my pursuit of zero-ing out, but if you ever thought you couldn’t live without your daily bottle, you can.
My parents used to (and possibly still do, though it makes me grit my teeth to think about) buy cases and cases and cases of bottled water. It was all they ever drank, though they live in a brand new building with lovely pipes and delicious Seattle water. And therefore, it was all I ever drank. It’s incredibly expensive to maintain over time, and the water isn’t even regulated in the bottles, it’s probably just tap water. I hadn’t really thought about bottled water before a few years ago. Before I learned about the giant floating island of plastic in the ocean and how much waste plastic bottles alone generate.
Kamel also used to live in a place where you couldn’t drink the water. So his apartment was littered with bottles and jugs. It was such a pain to have to run to the grocery store every week just to buy water. I hated it. It was messy and inconvenient. So we bought a Brita Filter. Now, we’re in a place where we can drink the water, but we still use our filter because it’s nice.
Basically, I’ve learned that it’s so easy to NOT buy bottled water. Or at least greatly reduce how much you use. I buy glass bottles or aluminum cans when I can, and I always recycle. I recycle the plastic I do use, and when I have purchased a bottle of water I reuse it as much as possible.
This is one of those things where I feel my actions really do matter. Think of how much bottled water you would drink if you opened one or two bottles a DAY. And now reduce it to about 5 bottles a year… that’s what I call an impact. And I don’t even really notice it, it’s something I think about when I’m choosing what to drink, and that’s it. And I pay real attention when I do buy a bottle of water because I know that I have to account for it in my Life List Tab, so it better be worth it.
And that’s the update! You can do it too, it just takes a little more awareness than usual.