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Plastic water bottles

Everyone in my family is trying to eat better and take care of themselves. I’m proud to say that there are no longer soft drinks in our house, and we all primarily drink water.

At some point, we fell into this habit of only drinking out of plastic water bottles. I know a lot of families drink water with those, but this is the only way we drink water. My parents buy four or five cases of Arrowhead water each week and use them to keep our mini-fridge stocked.

The mini-fridge in our dining room is stocked with bottles from the 32-packs shown on the left.

The mini-fridge in our dining room is stocked with bottles from the 32-packs shown on the left.

People are always surprised that we have so many bottles. I found five  sitting on my brother’s bookshelf. I promise I didn’t arrange the photo below; it’s exactly as I found it.
Five half-empty bottles I discovered on my brother's bookshelf.

Five half-empty bottles I discovered on my brother's bookshelf.

That is kind of embarrassing.
The 32-packs of water bottles cost $4.46 each. At the rate we  buy them, my family is wasting at least $70 a month by using disposable bottles rather than the alternatives.


My dad explained the purchase as a matter of convenience and safety. Convenience because you can just grab them and go,  and safety because of potential tap-water contamination.

“How are they bad for the environment?” he asked.

I realized I wasn’t really sure, so I looked it up. The problem with plastic water bottles is that most people don’t recycle them. When they are thrown out with garbage, they can sit in landfills for 1,000 years. The plastic is made from petroleum, a finite resource that is wasted when a bottle is used once and thrown away.



My dad said we recycle most of the bottles, so he doesn’t think we’ll stop buying them, especially because he’s still wary of tap water. He did promise to talk to my brothers and vigilantly enforce the recycling of them.

I switched to a Nalgene bottle last year, but because the chemicals in plastic bottles can be dangerous with constant use, I switched to a metal bottle.

I bought this Sigg bottle in Flaggstaff last month, for $19. I like the Sigg better because when I drank out of the Nalgene, it seemed to run down my face.

The Nalgene was just way too large to carry everywhere, while the Sigg fits easily in my purse.

Now I use the Sigg for everyday use, but I’m keeping the Nalgene for things like hiking.

For those of you with a Starbucks habit, the paper cups and plastic lids can’t be recycled because they have coffee and other residue on them. Unless you rinse out your Starbucks cup, all that plastic and paper is wasted, (not to mention the cardboard holders that keep you from burning your hand.)

The MoMA store sells this cup that looks like a disposable coffee cup, but is actually  made of porcelain. It’s $20, but that’s the the same as one week’s worth of lattes!



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