It's summer (in the Northern hemisphere :), and that means staying hydrated is super important. One of the best things you can do to reduce the disposable plastic waste you produce is to bring your own water bottle. If you use your own reusable water bottle instead of a disposable bottle of water every day for a year, that is 365 bottles which are prevented from entering the waste stream, and possibly getting into our waterways!
Use a reusable bottle made of glass or stainless steel. We use glass ones from Life Factory, and Klean Kanteen makes stainless steel ones without any plastic parts at all, but a glass mason jar works just as well!
Many bottled water brands are actually just filtered tap water (and bottled water has less regulations than the tap water in your home). And chemicals from the plastic bottle itself can actually leach into the water. More info both issues here.
You can install a home water filter if you want more peace of mind about your tap water.
Another environmental issue (besides the plastic pollution of the bottles themselves) is where some bottled water companies get the water itself. Last year (in 2015), Nestle extracted 36 million gallons of water from a national forest in California, during the height of that state's historic drought.
So, make the switch to a reusable water bottle! Keep your water bottle or jar by your keys so you remember when you leave the house. 💦
If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post. Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use. It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.
My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles. Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing.
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