Today was Blog Action Day, and the topic was a biggie this year – water. There are two things that push my buttons about water:
- Water waste. One of my biggest pet peeves is water waste at home. Taking a shower? Don’t turn on the water until you’re actually ready to get in. Brushing your teeth? Turn off the water while you’re brushing. There are so many simple habits we could change in our personal lives that would make a huge difference if we all got on board!
- Bottled water. What a ridiculous waste of resources! Let’s put water into a plastic bottle that will sit in a landfill for years, then put it on a truck and ship it across the country, wasting gas and pollution the air with truck emissions. Most tap water tastes just as good as bottled water, so why not invest in a great water bottle and just refill (for free!) from the tap? At home I use a Brita pitcher so that I have nice filtered water, and I bought a stainless steel water bottle to carry around (however, I am thinking about a glass water bottle like the Lifefactory Beverage Bottle so that I can stick it in the dishwasher).
Americans are horrible about taking for granted the conditions of our society. As Tara Lohan says, “while millions of people across the world don’t have access to clean water at all, Americans, the overwhelming majority of which, have safe and cheap tap water flowing freely, still are choosing to shell out tons of money for bottled water. And the industry is making a killing off of it.”
Looking to save on your water bill? Change your water habits. Looking to save on your grocery bill? Stop buying bottled water. Simple easy changes to save money AND the planet!