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Earth Week Tip #1: Tap Water

>> Sunday, April 17, 2011

Going out to eat? Drinking still water? Unless you are getting fancy mineral water, or sparking water, or something really specific, just get tap. Odds are, the bottles of cheapy water usually served are municipal water anyway.

Plastic bottles have a heavy toll on the environment. According to treehugger, 1.5 million barrels of oil are consumed each year in the US just for the production of these bottles. That's a years worth of fuel for 100,000 cars. Since 90% of bottles are NOT recycled, the little bottles end up in land fills where it takes up space as they hardly decompose at any sort of sustainable rate.

If you are unsure about tap water in your area, go to EPA.gov to find out about municipal water quality.

If the average US citizen consumes 22 gallons worth of bottled water a year, think how many bottles you'll save just by going tap! Think about how much money you'll save, too!

Bottles of water are about 16.9 ounces. At 22 gallons per year on average, that's 167 bottles per person a year. On the low end (i.e. Assuming you only buy cheap bottled water with occasional splurges at bars and restaurants), if the average bottle cost is about $1.50, you're spending $250.50 a year.

So, tip #1: easy, not a drastic lifestyle change, and cheap!

Stay tuned for more tips!
Keep Rockin', Love, Mimi


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