Its Earth Day SO Chuck Your Freakin' Plastic Water Bottle - Win The Alternative!
If you haven't heard, today's Earth Day. I can't fathom how you possibly missed this fact since everybody and their mama is on the Earth Day bandwagon these days. It’s even the number one “trending topic” on Twitter today… I wonder how Justin Bieber feels about that!
I'm not one to attend a rally but it's not because I'm annoyed by all the Earth Day mania. I figure the more people talk about recycling, conservation, not pouring toxic chemicals down the drain or throwing trash on the ground, the better.
My pet peeve? Plastic water bottles. Seriously, how hard is it to get a re-usable water bottle? When I lived in China, drinking water straight out of the tap water was a no-no -it could make you seriously ill- but I still rarely drank bottled water. Instead, I drank hot tea made from boiled water.
LA water isn’t going to kill me (as far as I know) but I can’t stand the way it tastes. So, I drink filtered water. I pour it in my trusty re-usable stainless steel water canteen – and I fill it up either at work or at home.
I’ve been a using Brita pitchers at home since I first heard about them back in the late 1990s and I’ve been a fan for awhile of the their FilterForGood partnership with Nalgene – all in pursuit of cutting bottled water waste. How can you help?
Take the FilterForGood pledge to reduce bottled water waste at FilterForGood.com
Download the Clean Up Our World’s Water guide for tips from the Surfrider Foundation on how to organize a beach, lake, river or street cleanup in your area.
Win And Help The Planet: Filter For Good’s generously agreed to give one lucky Los Angelista reader the goods you need to kick your plastic bottle of water habit forever.
One Brita “Bella” Pitcher – a super cute circular pitcher that retails for $22.99.
One Filter For Good Nalgene bottle – that’s where you pour your filtered water & then take it to work, school or the gym. It retails for $10.20.
To Win: Leave a brief comment by 1:00 PM PST on Friday, April 23rd telling why you think it’s so hard for people to kick the bottled water habit.
- You must live in the United States
- Make sure the comment has a name and your email. If you are anonymous and I can't tell who you are, your comment entries will be disqualified.
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Want to go the extra mile for the planet? One other simple choice that FilterForGood encourages in an effort to improve the environment is recycle your Brita filter and any other plastics marked with the tougher-to-recycle #5 through the very cool Gimme 5 recyling program. Drop your recyclables off at any participating Whole Foods and instead of being burned at a dump, they’ll be recycled and turned into a Preserve product.
Good luck to everyone who enters and Happy Earth Day!
UPDATE: We have a winner! Congrats to Mommy Melee!
I tried using the stainless steel water bottles (love!), but it gets so hot in Sacramento in the summer that they are useless unless you want hot tea! So I hoard the plastic reusables so I can fill them & freeze them when it's hot out.
Of course most people who do buy water bottles don't do it because it's a necessity and these days it's probably because it's habit more than anything else. That said, my whole family definitely drinks tap water. I recently started using stainless steel water bottles too and they work great!
Thanks! We desperately need a new Brita... I think ours may grow legs and walk off it is so old. :)
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