The Importance of Reusable Water Bottles

 

How are you hydrating this summer?

It’s hot out. Really hot. And it’s getting hotter with July just around the corner. As a fair-skinned and freckled person, I know some of the major dangers of this hot weather. My daily checklist looks something like this:

checkSunglasses

check50+ Sunscreen

checkGlamorous, yet practical summer hat

 

Now I know not everyone gets the pleasure of wondering “will I look like a lobster today?” after summer fun in the sun, but there is something else on my checklist that everyone should remember to grab:

 

checkFilled reusable water bottle

 

When it comes to necessities, water is pretty high on the list considering we humans can only survive about three days without it. Fortunately for a number of us on this planet, we don’t have to worry about being able to get a drink of water today. We can access water from our sinks at home, through hookups in modern-day fridges or by just popping into the convenience store down the street and picking up a disposable water bottle.

 

However, I have an issue with that last choice. I’ll admit, it is pretty nice to be able to pick up a disposable water bottle in a convenience store because it is just that: convenient. What isn’t so nice and convenient is the cost of disposable water bottles over time to the consumer and the environment.

 

 

 

Just say “No” to disposable.

At a young age, I developed a stigma towards buying water. Why would I buy something that I can get for free out of the sink? Truth be told, it wasn’t quite free considering there’s always a water bill at the end of the month (something I’ve learned now that I’m older and wiser); but it’s still much more affordable than buying bottled water (about 2,000 times cheaper actually according to The Story of Bottled Water).

 

In his piece Message in a Bottle, Charles Fishman points out that the average American goes through about 167 plastic water bottles a year. Last time I checked, water bottles averaged around $2.00 a pop. That’s a lot of money to be wasted on plastic each year. No thanks.

 

What I didn’t realize before I started working at BSTI was the huge impact that plastic water bottles have on something that wasn’t my bank account; the environment is greatly affected by disposable plastic water bottles.

 

The day I started working at BSTI, I was given a gigantic reusable water bottle.

 

reusable water bottle
No joke, it’s a big bottle.

 

Inside the bottle was a handy little fact sheet about why BSTI supports the use of reusable water bottles.

BSTI Waterbottle Insert
Tough to read? Click the image to enlarge it.

 

This fact sheet brings attention to the environmental impact that plastic water bottles create. Not only does it point out that tap water is more regulated than bottled water, the fact sheet also brings to attention that plastic doesn’t degrade naturally. It states, “Less than 15% [of plastic water bottles are] recycled. The rest stay with us forever.”

 

Forever is a long time. With more and more plastic being produced each day due to people purchasing more and more disposable plastic water bottles, it’s sure to get very crowded on our planet in the future. Just look at what it’s already done to our oceans.

 

 

 

Stop, think and choose #refillnotlandfill

Good habits don’t happen right away, so I’m not expecting everyone to do a 180 and use only a reusable water bottle immediately. But next time you go to grab a disposable water bottle at a convenience store, consider your wallet and your planet. Fill up one of those plastic water bottles sitting in your passenger seat, or send me a message and we’ll figure out how to get you a free BSTI water bottle.

 

 

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5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day from Your Desk

 

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Every April 22nd, people get to take a day to celebrate our Earth and demonstrate how we care about the future of our planet. Something I quickly noticed about BSTI when I started working here is that every day is Earth Day. From the company garden to coworkers devoting time to community service and planting trees, the world of BSTI truly believes in taking care of and giving back to the world in which we live.

In the past, I would have labeled myself as Earth conscious. I’ve come to realize that I’m more of a newbie to helping the Earth compared to my coworkers. On his bio page, Nicholas Santella has a caption of “Nothing should be wasted.” I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who truly believes in utilizing everything as much as Nick. Thanks to Nick and the rest of the BSTI crew, I have learned five very simple ways that everyone can help the Earth from their desk.

 

1. Reduce your use.

Stopping to think “do I truly need to use that?” has made the biggest impact on reducing my usage of resources. A simple choice of not printing that e-mail or writing on that post-it can make a big impact on how much paper I use in a year, or better yet in my lifetime. Think about all the trees that won’t need to be cut down because I decided to use my computer calendar instead of a piece of paper to note “Remember to call back Carly.”

If you find you’re pretty conscious about paper, you can also take a look at your energy use. Do you really need that second monitor powered on all the time? Is there a light in your office that doesn’t really need to be turned on at the moment? All of these choices help to reduce your environmental impact while you work.

Reduce your use - Earth Day

 

2. Reuse your resources.

A big landfill issue is plastic water bottles. Plastic is made to last and too many plastic items end up taking up space in trash heaps or polluting our water systems. BSTI is a big advocate for reusable water bottles – a simple way to help you save money and save the earth. Keep a reusable water bottle at your desk and save yourself the cost and space of having all those other plastic bottles in your life.

Reuse - Earth Day

 

 

3. Recycle everything you can.

Don’t throw that junk mail or plastic food container into the trash; put it in the recycling bin. It’s so easy to recycle nowadays that I’m still not used to it. Some areas don’t even require you to fully rinse your recyclables anymore; you can just put them in the bin.

 

Not sure what you can and can’t recycle in your area? Want to know where you can recycle those #3 plastic bags? I’ve found How2Recycle is a great resource for getting answers about local recycling rules and finding locations to recycle those not-as-common items.

Recycle - Earth Day

 

 

4. Donate what you don’t use.

You may not have a use for that organizer on your desk any longer, but someone else could be searching for that exact organizer to help improve their level of organization. Better the item goes to someone who needs it than ditched, alone and unloved in a landfill where it will sit for who knows how long.

 

Donation centers I have donated to include Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity, but a quick search on the web can bring up more donation centers close to you.

Donation - Earth Day

 

 

5. Bring a plant to work.

Take care of the planet by taking care of a piece of it. Earth Day isn’t only about planting trees. There are so many interesting plants you can grow right on your desk. Nurture a flower or vegetable from your desk, then donate it to a local park or plant it in your own garden at home and start growing your own food.

Plant - Earth Day

 

There are many more ways you can celebrate Earth day throughout your workday; try carpooling with coworkers you like or picking up litter you find as you walk or ride your bike to work.

 

Let us know how you celebrate Earth Day, and leave us a comment below!

 

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