Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, A Step Toward Green Living - Bottled Water vs. Reusable Water Bottles
The 3 Rs - Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
Sustainability. Green living. Recycling. These are all buzz words in today's culture, and our efforts to keep the earth thriving. Many of us focus on recycling, we carefully keep paper separate from trash, and make sure to save those cans and bottles and get back our nickel deposit. But think back to elementary school. Do you remember learning about recycling? Do you remember that 3 arrowed recycling symbol?
The 3 Rs stand for reduce, reuse and recycle. Today many of us focus only on recycle, and forget the other two Rs altogether. But it is important to remember that all three are necessary in order to live more sustainably, and can help you live frugally as well! There is a good reason why recycle is the last of the three Rs.
Bottled Water - A Case Study in Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling
Think of water bottles -- did you drink a bottle of Dasani or Poland Springs this morning? Both companies make their bottles from recycled materials, and it important that you recycle the bottle when you're done with it. But what if instead of recycling so many bottles, you simply reduced the number you purchased in the first place? What if instead of regularly recycling these bottles, you bought a bottle you could reuse on a regular basis?
What would the benefits of choosing to reduce and reuse instead of recycle when it comes to water look like?
*You could save money - this is especially true if you regularly buy individual bottled waters at the gas station, c-store, bodega etc.
*You can help reduce oil consumption - Ecofriendlymag reports that according to the Earth Policy Institute more than 15 million barrels of oil are used annually to produce water bottles, and production leaks lots of chemicals in the air!
*You can be health conscious - many people buy bottled water because they think it is healthier but this really isn't true. US tap water is regulated and generally safe to drink. Remember - not all bottled water is spring water, a lot of it is simply filtered tap water from your local area.
*You can avoid chemicals - Ever reuse your disposable water bottle? Leave it in the car on a hot sunny day? Both of these are big no-nos, and can lead to chemicals from the bottles plastic leaking into your water.
*You can convince your kids to drink more water - Buy your kids a stylish reusable water bottle of their own and convince them to drink more water, instead of sugary juices and soft drinks.