Today is Blog Action Day, a day where all bloggers are called to arms about a specific global issue. This year’s topic is water.
As most of my regular readers can attest, I do not blog often about conservation. I try not to be a hypocrite and I am far from uber green. Mr. BFS and I don’t go out of our way to screw up the world, but we aren’t activists either.
Our contributions mainly consist of owning a Prius since he drives so much and it has storage space, saving and recycling our aluminum cans and newspapers, only driving when necessary and combining trips, and saving as much water and electricity as easily possible to keep our bills low. We also don’t live on bottled water.
According to this Change.org website, the people of the U.S. drink an average of 200 bottles of water per person each year. I’m going to ignore the berating they give us for paying for something that we have access to already since I refuse to feel guilty for having access to something that someone else doesn’t. I am not personally trying to mess over Africans and would never sign a petition to keep clean water from them, so I do not appreciate articles that try to convince people through guilt.
I was surprised that it takes 17 million barrels of oil to produce the plastic water bottles for the U.S. every year and 86 percent of those aren’t ever recycled. They also bring up the fact that most bottled water comes from municipal water systems, which is the same as what you can get from your tap, or underground streams, which may hurt those environments by draining them dry.
This info tells me:
1) A water filter could give us the same water as what bottled usually ends up being.
2) I need to find a recycling center that will accept water bottles. We do not have recycling pickup and I’ve never looked into anything besides aluminum and paper.
3) Be very careful who you mention bottled water to since it is a hot button topic nowadays…
In the interest of full disclosure, Mr. BFS and I do buy 2-3 cases of bottled water a year (that’s about 72 bottles a year). We like the bottles. We stock our mini-fridge with them and refill them continuously until we decide they are too icky for a good cleaning to cure. We also take them on car trips since they fit in the drink holders.
Do you reuse water bottles? Do you try to avoid it altogether? What’s your take on the issue? Do guilt articles tick you off too?