Plastic Free July Challenge:
Reduce. Reuse. Rehydrate.

Happy Plastic Free July!
Will you take the challenge?

This month, we’re reminded of the importance of taking care of our world by reducing our use of disposable plastics. Did you know that over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century? According to EcoWatch, this massive amount of plastic production contributes to the billions of pounds of plastic that are taking up about 40% of the world’s ocean surfaces. Not only has our plastic waste contributed to the deaths of over one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals, it’s getting into our bodies as well.

 

Plastic Free July Challenge 2017 - Reduce Reuse Rehydrate

This Plastic Free July, we challenge you to help us work towards a healthier world through “Reduce. Reuse. Rehydrate.”

 

Plastic Free July Challenge 2017 - BSTI bottle Corfu, GreeceReduce your contribution to the growing plastic pollution issue by choosing to use less plastic. Ways to do this include buying in bulk at grocery stores or choosing products packaged in cardboard or glass instead of plastic.

 

Reuse products when you can. Our lives already include common reusable products like forks, knives, spoons and dishware. What about expanding that usefulness to include reusable snack bags instead of plastic bags?

 

Rehydrate with a reusable water bottle. It’s no secret that at BSTI we love our reusable water bottles. We love them so much, we want to give some away for free!

 

Tell us your story for a chance to win a BSTI water bottle!

Let us know how you have helped prevent plastics from entering our environment by sharing your story with us.

Submit your story as a comment below, and on August 1st, 2017, we’ll pick 5 winners to receive a stylish BSTI reusable water bottle!

 

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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.

 

 

BSTI Bottle Collage 2

 

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