"Only when I saw the Earth from space, in all its ineffable beauty and fragility, did I realize that humankind's most urgent task is to cherish and
preserve it for future generations."
— Sigmund Jahn, German Cosmonaut
Do you buy bottled water? I do. Not quite so much anymore though. I bought it by the case for several years until my oldest son decided to be a conscientious objector and asked me to stop. He was right. There are so many re-usable bottles being made (and sometimes even handed out) now that there is often no excuse but laziness in using the plastic pre-bottled water.
There has also been some discrepancy in the recent past over whether or not it is (chemically) safe to keep freezing, re-heating and re-using all forms of plastics. Although, it seems to be agreed that the freezing/thawing process does not release any harmful chemicals from the containers.
Whether or not the plastic bottles we use release harmful chemicals, they undisputably are creating an incredible waste issue. A waste issue that can be remedied by a just a little forethought.
Earth 911 reports:
Here's one item I just purchased to help encourage our family (and myself!) to choose the re-usable drinking containers that we own over individual disposable drink containers.
I needed some ice trays and I came across these.
The great thing is that you can use the ice in a glass at home or grab some long cubes, throw them in a bottle and go! It makes using the re-usable bottles fun - and no more having to freeze water bottles. I'm happy. Try them!
June 15, 2011