Sunday, February 13, 2011

Soap box.

(I'm a nerd. I take pictures of facts. I like to have them ready for when they may be useful. Like now.)

I feel 'preach-y' today.  I can't help myself.  It just annoys me so much.  What is it with this country and our obsession with eff-ing BOTTLED WATER??  A statistic that I read in my Real Simple mag this month:

'The United States ranks FIRST in total bottled-water consumption.  In honor of World Water Day, on Feb 22nd, put down the plastic and turn on the tap (it takes up to 2,000 times more energy to produce a bottle of water than to run the faucet.) ' 

It kills me that some people refuse to drink tap water.  You guys.... TAP WATER REQUIRES MORE STATE AND FEDERAL REGULATION THAN THAT STUFF YOU'RE DRINKING OUT OF THAT PLASTIC BOTTLE and besides, that bottled water probably came from some hose off of a warehouse in Detroit... not a sparkling lake like the label wants you to believe.

And one final statistic that makes my heart heavy....

'Americans use 2.5 MILLION plastic bottles AN HOUR... and most of them are thrown away.'

 (I feel sick.)

You guys.  Please don't be one of those Americans.  If you're so obsessed with your water, then filter it.  There are a bunch of water filters on the market that will make your tap water way better than that shit you think came from a flowing mountain stream.  You like 'Smart Water'?  You know what's smart?  Turning on a faucet for a drink rather than paying $2 for 16 oz. of something you could have gotten for free.

Does it offend you when I blog like this?  I hope not.  I don't mean to offend anyone.  I just feel a sense of obligation to help people understand how their behavior affects the environment and our planet.

Do you recycle?  I do.  I have a seriously guilty conscience about throwing ANYTHING away.  Lee and I try to buy things that come in packaging that is recyclable so that we don't contribute to the landfill waste.  It's tough.


  1. Ha! Get up on that soapbox woman!

    I am one of those people that if I am away from home and buy a water for whatever reason, I save the bottle. Then I re-use it for months on end filling it with tap water and chilling my water in the fridge (my water has to be ice cold). In fact, I am using the same water bottle at work for at least a year. I give it a good rinse out about once a month and that's about it.

    Works for me!

  2. I LOVE WHEN YOU BLOG LIKE THIS!!! Mostly, because I COULD NOT AGREE MORE!!! It is such a makes me angry. Why can't you buy one and REUSE it. I totally agree about tap water!! Girl, you are gorgeous just sayin'. I love that you noticed the manadarin oranges nailed it!! K, so CAN WE PLEASE MEET UP IN BOSTON AND HANG OUT??? I don't know what your schedule is like or where you live etc but we need to figure this out! Hope you are having an amazing day!!


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