An experiment in conscious living.

Commitment #10

“I will use a reusable water bottle and not buy bottled water.”

Try as I might to avoid it, I confess there are still times when I find myself staring into the bottom of a plastic water bottle. . . thirst quenched, drowning in guilt. Last year it happened four times that I can remember. This year I’m trying for a perfect record and helping me get there is my assortment of VOSS glass bottles —  seven in all, with the most senior in the pack dating back to 2007. (They come labeled with a date so you can actually keep track!)

Did you know that in the United States, you can bottle your tap water and sell it within your state? Makes you think twice about spending money on something that you may be able to get right out of your faucet, doesn’t it? Add that to the fact that the plastics used to make the bottles can leach toxins into the “purified” water while it sits on store shelves. Even high grade plastic, like the stuff used to make the older Nalgene bottles, leaches bisphenol-A (BPA), which is linked to prostate cancer, birth defects and miscarriage. Newer Nalgene products are BPA-free.

Next consider the waste. Although most of us are eco-concious enough to recycle, it still takes valuable resources to make all those plastic water bottles in the first place. They require approximately 1.5 million barrels of oil each year to make, not counting all the fuel burned during transportation. After all is said and done, there are still over 30 million plastic water bottles that end up in our nation’s landfills EVERYDAY. Filling your own bottle at home and carrying it with you wherever you go eliminates your contribution to that waste as it inspires others to do the same.

Join me (and over 2,000 other Kanu members) in making this lifestyle commitment at Kanu Hawai`i.


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