If you were at POA weekend this year, you may have seen all of the Environmental Program Board’s fantastic displays about rethinking our use of single use bottles, particularly those which contain bottled water. We concur, and we would like to thank Ginny Moser for bringing this to everyone’s attention!
There are a lot of reasons bringing bottled water to Dewees is unnecessary… we have safe drinking water, there is a HUGE amount of embedded energy in the bottle and the water, and it takes up space on the ferry. In addition, bottles make their way into the most unfortunate places.
At our house, we’ll admit to not always loving the taste of the water, which is perfectly safe to drink. Rather than bring bottled water, we keep a large dispenser with refillable 3 gallon bottle on the counter, and head over to the Landings Building when we need a refill from the R-O filter dispenser there. We even put these in our rental houses… nothing is more discouraging than having to hand carry your luggage onto the ferry because somebody uses a whole cart for 12 oz. bottles of water.
When I was doing our turtle walk last week, we found lots of old water bottles in the rack line, and I remember a dreadful post about the albatross who collect bottle tops and feed them to chicks, who starve because all they eat is garbage.
RETHINK WHAT YOU DRINK
- 40% OF ALL BOTTLED WATER COMES FROM MUNICIPAL SOURCES
- OF 188 BRANDS ONLY 2 REPORTED THEIR WATER SOURCE
- 70% OF BOTTLED WATER NEVER CROSSES STATE LINES FOR SALE MAKING IT EXEMPT FROM FDA OVERSIGHT
- BOTTLED WATER REQUIRES 2,000 TIMES MORE ENERGY TO PRODUCE THAN TAP WATER
- 700 YEARS WILL PASS BEFORE A PLASTIC BOTTLE BEGINS TO DECOMPOSE
- 80% OF PLASTIC BOTTLES ARE NOT RECYCLED
- BOTTLED WATER COSTS $1-$4 PER GALLON
- USE REUSEABLE WATER BOTTLES!!!!