Simple Ways to Leave the Earth a Better Place #earthday

Simple Ways to Leave the Earth a Better Place #earthday

Cleaning up after yourself is an important lesson we teach our children. Day after day, we talk to them about leaving places better than when we got there—whether it’s at home, in a classroom, at a friend’s house or on a field trip. With Earth Day approaching, why not apply that lesson to the planet? I like to think my children are growing up more aware than I was about the environment and more specifically, our impact on it. Today I’m focusing on the impact of disposable water bottles and the use of bottled water. There’s simply no need to buy it. Get yourself and your family BPA free reusable water bottles and coffee cups. Mine pictured above are from Poundstretcher so they don’t have to cost the earth, pardon the pun.

Recycling is a great way to start, because it reduces the amount of rubbish in landfill. However, many recyclable items are still ending up in landfill, as is the case with disposable water bottles. About 38 billion disposable water bottles end up in landfills each year, according to this infographic from Printwand. While that is bad enough, what’s worse is what went into making those bottles.

It takes ¼ of a bottle of oil to produce one disposable water bottle. At that rate, it takes 17 million barrels of oil to make a year’s supply of bottled water. For some perspective, that same amount of oil could fuel 1.3 million cars for a year or power 190,000 homes!

In addition to the environmental impact, disposable water bottles can also have a great impact on your family’s health. Chemicals used to make those bottles have been linked to reproductive issues, asthma and dizziness. Some studies even show an increased risk of breast cancer.

Switching to a reusable water bottle can reduce the impact on the planet, your family’s health and your wallet. Check out the infographic for more details on the dangers of disposable water bottles and the benefits of reusable ones.

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What do you think? I’m writing this as I hear on the news that the British Prime Minister wants to ban plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds. I welcome this move, what are your thoughts?

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