Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Bottled Water

I understand the use of little bottled waters for people on the go, in the car, or at sporting events, but what I don't understand is people buying cases at a time of 8-12 oz bottles of water to drink at home....what happened to using a gallon jug and pouring it into a glass or using a filter either at the sink or in the refrigerator and pouring it into a glass....I just see our landfills (because you know most of these people are not recycling these little bottles*) filling up with empty bottles of water that could have been avoided if people weren't so stupid.

*While I am a diligent recycler, out off all my friends, I am the only one that does, so I figure the ratio has to be about the same across the world...sad to say.

10 comments:

Just a Girl said...

I recycle as well and am surrounded by those who don't. The ones with kids are really bad which baffles me.

I got tired of buying bottles and finally invested in a Nalgene a few years back.

kilgorsky said...

There are a few recycling containers near my apartment house. Separate containers for glass, plastic etc. Just the other day I saw a truck pull up and dump all the contents together. I was, like, WTF?

Violet said...

i'm with ya! although, i admit that i've bought them before. they were very easy to bring along to work for lunch. now, i reuse a durable plastic water bottle. cheaper and better for the environment.

Joanne said...

Don't forget all the oil it takes to make each bottle and even if you're recycling them apparently they aren't recycled here in the states so they have to be shipped across the ocean so that's more oil. I read an article about how bad those really were for the environment and how in reality with a few exceptions, your tap water is actually fine to drink.

Mishka said...

Yeah, I can understand using them for a road trip or something but our tap water is great and I just use a brita filter on it. If I really felt like I had to have bottled water for some reason, I would buy the big jugs and fill up water glasses from that.

Chicken said...

I am guily of using them when I'm at the gym sometimes or on a road trip. My coworker is a penny pincher but buys bottle water to drink at home all of the time. What a waste!

Mishka said...

See at the gym or anywhere on the go makes sense to me, and I just refill them from the water faucet if it gets low but I have seriously seen people piling cases and cases of them in their cart for use at home...in fact my nieces mom drinks them at home when they have a water filter on their entire house system, as well as one on their big ass refrigerator....

Haha said...

We have well water and it is not fit to drink so we go to town and fill up 4 five gallon containers and the fit our dispenser at home. I do buy water in bottles to take to work and then refill them with the bottled water at work. You are only supposed to do that so many times as you can make yourself ill if you refill them to many times. It is difficult to wash them with soapy water for reuse and sad to say, no one in the backwater town I live in recycles much of anything. I can recycle newsprint and plastic shopping bags and cardboard and glass at the landfill now...finally. I wish we had a bioass so we could recycle garden waste and get some good mulch in return! I will have Dex build me a composter this year so I do some on my own.

waterbaby said...

I need to get a water bottle and just fill it up with water, but sometimes I just grab three bottled waters cause I don't know if I'll be able to fill my current water bottle if I run out. But I do feel the urge to become a little more environmentally friendly.

Yusha said...

i love how nalgene made the plastic water bottle cool by advertising its bottles as breakproof and bulletproof. they were practically urban legends at my high school a few years ago, when the trend started catching. it's awesome. the habit of using bottled water as a main source of drinking water is ridiculously wasteful. it's all about the nalgenes and britas.