I have recently moved a lot (Arkansas to Texas and around some in Texas) and in the past 6 months, I abandoned my PUR water filter that had been attached to my sink for almost 3 years. I was faithful in changing the filters, kept up with my Razorback water bottle, and used them both, faithfully. Well, these past few months have been packed with disposable bottles of water that sit around the house confused as to who drank from them and didn’t finish them. They go on to litter the trashcans, and only goodness knows what they litter after that. I could definitely recycle them, but I didn’t even do that. I’m ashamed of this period of time because it really hurts me to know that I contribute to the consumption of enough water bottles to wrap around the earth 190 times! How many of us actually recycle those bottles? Not nearly enough. And have you watched videos about what this litter does to little creature in the sea, or have ever read about the pollutants that seep from all of these manufactured products into the ground water from landfills? This is not a good look, USA. Not a good look.
You don’t have to worry about watching those horrendous videos (poor animals) or reading through articles and website posts about pollutants – I got you on that! It wouldn’t hurt to educate yourself on the matter, either, though. But let’s get back to this clean water.
I still have my PUR water filter packed away in case I ever want to use it again, but now I’ve invested in a new water purifying system and bottle. Check out my new system.*
Britta Pitcher Water Filter:
- delicious tasting water
- save an average of over $900 when you buy Brita filter replacements versus solely bottled water
- recyclable filters that get turned into new products (like these toothbrushes that I shared with you)
- reduce the use of plastic consumption for yourself, the nation and the world
Contigo Water Bottle:
- BPA free
- Dishwasher safe
- reusable for years to come
How I handle it:
- keep the pitcher full
- have extra filters on hand (4 pack, for the win)
- mail in the filters once they expire (free shipping!)
- keep my water bottle on hand at all times – I refill at work with the filtered water there
So to recap, 3 alternatives that will help you avoid disposable bottled water are 1) a sink water filter 2) a pitcher water filter and 3) a reusable water bottle!
*No eco-friendly solution is perfect, nor will it solve all of the pollution problems of the world. Solutions and tips that I share are methods that I believe to be helpful in starting to create for yourself a more sustainable, natural and eco-friendly lifestyle.
Which combination will you use to be a little more eco-friendly today?