Pertinent disclosure: I do drink bottled water but it's Perrier and I only buy the kind that comes in glass bottles. Then I recycle the bottles. This is what I drink with meals instead of soda or wine. I have stopped buying bottled water in plastic bottles and I have a reusable bottle for when I need to carry water.
Americans consumed more than 31 billion liters of bottled water in 2006 – nearly 28 gallons for every man, woman, and child.
Manufacturing all those bottles required 900,000 tons of plastic and emitted as much greenhouse gas as 500,000 cars! Trucking a bottle of water 500 miles can double its climate impact – and some are shipped much, much farther.
C3 is as simple as 1-2-3:
1. Take the pledge to avoid bottled water for a month at http://c3.newdream.org
2. Find yourself a nontoxic, reusable water bottle and, if your local water quality requires it (most don't - in fact, up to 40% of bottled water is simply repackaged tap water), a water filter at http://www.newdream.org/consumer/water.php
3. Invite friends to join in the carbon-cutting. Use our tell-a-friend tool after you pledge, then get creative. You can also download promotional tools at http://c3.newdream.org/more/kit.php and email us with your creative idea for inspiring others (50 words or less please).
Thanks for all you do to establish daily habits that cut carbon and thanks for showing the world that big changes start with small steps!
Take care and good luck,
New American Dream's C3 Team
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Fight global warming
Here's a really simple way. (This is from an email I got today from New American Dream.)