It’s astounding when you think about how many coffee cups are used each year in the world. In 2010 the US alone threw away 23 billion paper cups. According to one environmental group that is enough to fill over 8,000 olympic sized swimming pools. Even if the cups get recycled there is still a profound impact on the planet; trees are cut down and BTU’s of energy are used both to produce the cups and to recycle them. This is no different for plastic water bottles, shopping bags, and plastic cutlery. Bottled water is expensive, costing consumers 1,000 times more than tap water and is usually no better than what comes right out of the tap!
Take a stand by refusing to use throw away cups, water bottles, shopping bags and even eating utensils.
Sustainable choices are readily available everywhere and make great gifts! You just have to commit to carrying them with you.
• When choosing a water bottle remember that BPA free does not mean safe. I recommend going with stainless steel, glass or ceramic.
• Invest in a water filter in your home and urge your work place and favorite restaurants to “Take Back the Tap”
• When getting food to go, deny throw away cutlery and get yourself a set of bamboo To-Go-Ware. My set is always in my bag.
• While you are at it, carry canvas grocery bags with you and refuse paper and plastics. I always have a Chico Bag in my purse.
• Food and Water Watch has great resources and even curriculum for the teacher’s out there!
• Watch! the Story of Bottled Water, The Story of Stuff, The Story of Cosmetics