05 January 2010
My friend DC and I were talking about my blog today. I was trying to come up with something to write. And I noticed the water bottle on the table beside her. It was half full, the plastic crinkled, the label boasting the Wal-Mart store brand.
And then I thought about my Camelbak water bottle. My mother surprised me with it on my birthday, and I love it. It's pink, it says "peace," and it tells me to drink tap water. And I do. I made this simple change at the start of the school year for a reason beyond Mother Earth: money. At the start of every school year, members of the English department chip in for bottled water to be delivered to school (It's one of those water cooler systems I always laugh at when I see it on The Office). It's over $40 a semester to participate in the "Water Club." At the time, I thought that I'd rather buy a new pair of jeans for $80. So I opted out and decided to walk to the water fountain every time I needed to fill my bottle.
This brings me to the simple question: How far is the water fountain from your desk at work? How far is the community water jug?
Mine's about the same distance.
Back to the bottle: My pink Camelbak water bottle is BPA free, and I wash it regularly. I know that those cool new aluminum water bottles are "better for you," and "better for Mother Earth." But I can't but a new one. That's the rules. And the one I own isn't harmful. I found this helpful link about the facts you may not know about that old hard plastic bottle you may still have tucked away in the back of your cabinet or the ever so popular "one-time-bulk-pack-bottle" you'd buy at the grocery store. Both are something to consider.
Here's the link: http://www.thegoodhuman.com/2008/03/17/choosing-a-safe-reusable-water-bottle/
And if you're trying to conserve like I am and don't have an aluminum or BPA free bottle, nothing's wrong with bringing in the old standby: the drinking glass from home. Or, better yet, kick back with a good old glass Mason jar.