1 January 2016

[#GoneGreen2016] Day 1: PARTING WITH PLASTIC PORTERS



DAY 1/365

For day one, we'll start with the simples, because the majority of us are likely situated horizontally with one or many of these evils in hand due to last night's dehydrating debaucheries. Thus, Water will be our starting point for the #GoneGreen2016 series. Specifically the bottled variety.

Here's the deal. Bottled water is bad. Bottled water or drinks housed in plastic are even worse. For reasons of health, pollution and pay, we must quite simply stay away.

I am as guilty as the rest for partaking in porting these plastic polluters around, blissfully ignorant in the harm I was causing myself and the planet. I knew plastic was bad, but how bad could it be? Then I watched the documentary Tapped and started reading up on the issues surrounding bottled water and other bottled things. Here are (some of the many) problems what I found:

[ONE] 
PLASTIC BOTTLES MIGHT CAUSE YOU CANCER AND OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS (this included Baby Bottles for all the parents out there) A chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA) is one (of many) chemicals found in plastic bottles recently. It mimics estrogens (female hormones) and has been linked to breast, prostate and ovarian cancers, cardiovascular disease, miscarriages, decreased birth weight, altered immune system activity, metabolic problems AND  cognitive and behavioral childhoood developmental problems. 

[TWO] 
PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES ARE EVIL (even when recycled) 
- The manufacturing process contributes to global warming and the depletion of energy resources.
- It takes 17 million barrels of oil to produce 30 billion water bottles
- It takes more water to produce a bottle of water than the bottle itself with hold
- Even recycling plastics produces pollution (it wastes energy to recycle, not all plastics are recyclable)

[THREE] 
THE POLLUTION FROM PLASTICS AFFECTS EVERYTHING NEGATIVELY 
- If they end up in landfills and get incinerated, the plastic releases toxic chemicals into the air
- Plastic that stays on land can take hundreds of years to break down, even then, it isn't biodegradable
- Plastics that end up in the Ocean, which is about 10% of all plastics produced, keep breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces which are eaten by marine life, animals and birds which poison and eventually kill them.
- Animals and birds become entangled in plastics as well - watching this video of a turtle with a plastic straw up its nose should prevent you from buying/using them again. watch it HERE
- Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times

[FOUR] 
YOU ARE PAYING FOR IT 10 FOLD
Bottled water is just tap water, bottled, and sold back to you at 2,900x the price. Guess what Evian spelled backwards is? That's right, Naive ...



- SIMPLE SOLUTIONS -

[ONE] 
DON'T BUY ANYTHING MADE OF PLASTIC 
period. (our plastic cessation begins today)

[TWO]
INVEST IN A REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE (and use it)
Reusable water bottles are awesome as long as they're not made of plastic - go for steel or glass bottles instead, when you are out and about, ask a restaurant or cafe to fill it for you, they always will. Here are five of my favourite brands:
one. ALEX MODULAR
two. LIFE FACTORY
three. SIGG
four. MADE BY FRESSKO
five. KLEAN KANTEEN

[THREE]
DRINK TAP WATER
If you're worried about chlorine in your drinking water put it in a pitcher and let it stand overnight to let the chlorine evaporate or buy a carbon activated filter for your tap.

 - FOR THE KIDS - 

Teach your children about the affects of bottled drinks by not buying them beverages in plastic bottles and explaining to them how buying plastic bottles hurt the planet as well as her inhabitants including humans, animals, plants and fish. Try to relate this information to something your children can identify with, for example their favourite animal, or favourite movie (Finding Nemo!), there is a five time award winning film by EcoTales called "Gloop" which is a fairy-tale about plastic. 

Recommended Reading/Watching: Tapped
Photos: 1, 2, 3 

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