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good for the environment, good for you
Whether I’m at work or at my house, you’ll find me toting around a few things: lip balm, my phone and a reusable water bottle. I even used to carry a reusable water bottle with me to the store, but stopped in an effort to stay as healthy as possible (funny how that works, huh?). There are a few reasons why I stopped buying bottled water at the grocery store, and you should consider making the switch too, not only for Mother Earth, but for your own health!
In case you’ve been living under a rock, ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ has been around as long as I can remember, and Going Green is the name of the game. While plastic can release harmful chemicals into the water you drink, it also wreaks havoc sitting in landfills and (sadly) floating around in our major bodies of water. If you’re anything like me, you drink a LOT of water, which means that you use more plastic than the average person just by staying hydrated. In short, the use of plastics is a vicious circle, and while it’s difficult to cut plastic products from everyday life (I’m certainly guilty of still being a plastic consumer), it’s important to do what you can where you can. With access to clean water, switching from bottled water to reusable water bottles is a simple but huge step!
where can i get reusable water bottles?
EVERYWHERE! I have a rotation of reusable water bottles, and linked them above. You can find reusable bottles at major chains like Target and Nordstrom, grocery stores, sporting goods stores and probably even gas stations!
whAT IF I WANT TO DO MORE?
You can! While we’re on the topic of beverages, companies like Starbucks actually offer discounts if you present a reusable cup for your order! I have tumblers for hot and cold beverages for that exact reason. If you use Nespresso at home, they offer a recycling program for OriginalLine and VertuoLine capsules, and the bags are free! Reusable straws are another small but impactful switch you can make.
Make sure you’re recycling as much as you can at home and work. Many places, homes and otherwise, have recycling services, but if you live or work somewhere that doesn’t offer those services, do two things: be vocal about the need for recycling services, and go out of your way to recycle anyway! There are recycle ‘stations’, if you will, all over the place, especially at grocery stores. Collect your recyclables and go once a week or once a month, but go! Also, spread the word. You can be the motivation your friends and family need to start taking small steps like these to slow or end unnecessary plastic use.
I feel a bit like Sandra Bullock in Two Weeks Notice when she’s laying in front of the Long Island Community Center (okay, maybe not THAT dramatic, but you get the picture) because I don’t often push a call-to-action, but this one benefits us all. Plastic is a necessary evil, because there are a lot of incredibly important plastic products and functions, especially in the healthcare and engineering and industries. That said, overuse of everyday plastic products like bottled water has to stop and there’s a simple solution.
With extra time at home lately, I’ve realized that we haven’t been living our most eco-friendly lives, so one of my goals for 2020 is to find new ways to reduce our carbon footprint: grow fruits and veggies in the backyard (and eat more clean and organic foods in general), compost, use reusable shopping bags, find and shop with brands that offer refills or recycle programs, drive only when necessary (that’s been VERY easy, because your girl is a homebody), carpool when possible and run water sparingly.
What do you do to help the environment?