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Thinking Outside the Bottle

water bottles in front of river image

“Thinking Outside the Bottle”,* the title of an article from a flyer that was handed out by the Sierra Club at the recent EcoFest at the Unitarian Universalist church in Wichita.  As one who has been drinking, and enjoying, filtered water for a number of years, the title caught my eye.

Also, as one who is an ardent recycler, ever looking for places to recycle even more items, I have been concerned about the number of plastic bottles, large and small, that are used for bottled water that I see as litter and in trash cans.

For all of us who are concerned about conserving water and stopping pollution, what if we “say good-bye to plastic, disposable bottles?”

Consider the following:

  • for every 3 liters of  fresh water that goes into making bottled water, just one liter ends up in the bottle–the other 2 go to waste;
  • in 1 year more than 900,000 TONS of plastic was used to package 8 BILLION gallons of bottled water–most of that plastic ended up as litter or in dumps;
  • if we turned all of the energy that goes into making a bottle of water back into oil, the bottle would be one quarter full of oil.

How can we think outside the bottle?  Here are a few alternate methods of having good tasting water handy:

  • obtain reusable containers and fill them with a supply of filtered water that you keep at home;
  • for public events, set out pitchers of filtered water and reusable cups;
  • install a quality water filter on the tap in your home.

Every adjustment each of us makes to live sustainably and tread more lightly on the Earth (regardless of how small or seemingly insignificant each adjustment is)  is magnified because we are modeling that behavior to others.  How will you “think outside the bottle?”

* Source: Tomorrow’s Planet, by Ann Pinkerton and Eileen Weckerie