I have two eco-friendly pet peeves. I'm peeved when I see people using plastic bags at the check-out counter. Really, it's so cheap to buy reusable bags. Come on people! Stop using plastic bags! It's a really bad practice! Heck, most stores sell them for a buck or two. Google reusable bags and you'll find reusable bags everywhere. From expensive designer grocery bags to extremely reasonably priced, plain bags (My good friend, Amie, over at her blog just posted about a reusable bag product rave. A pack of bags at a very reasonabl price). Even the commissary is beginning to sell them on many military installations for less than $2.00 each. If you are still using plastic bags, I'm peeved at you!
I'm am, however, even more peeved at people who continue to use bottled water!!!! Did you know that your bottled water is less regulated than tap water? I've said this before and I'll say it again: Buy reusable water bottles (such as a SIGG or KleanKanteen), a tap water filter and be done with bottled water! Here's what TreeHugger has to say about bottled water:
Stay off the bottle
By many measures, bottled water is a scam. In most first-world countries, the tap water is provided by a government utility and is tested regularly. (You can look up your water in the National Tap Water Quality Database) Taste tests have shown that in many municipalities, tap water actually tastes better. Bottled water is not as well regulated and studies have shown that it is not even particularly pure. A four-year study of bottled water in the U.S. conducted by NRDC found that one-fifth of the 103 water products tested contained synthetic organic chemicals such as the neurotoxin xylene and the possible carcinogen and neurotoxin styrene. (Grist) Much bottled water doesn’t come from a “Artesian springs” and is just tap water anyhow. (Coca-Cola adds salt to its Dasani water to make it taste better, just like fast food.) Not only is it more expensive per gallon than gasoline, bottled water incurs a huge carbon footprint from its transportation, and the discarded bottles are a blight. It’s no wonder that some people even think it’s a sin. If you want to carry your water with you, get a bottle and fill it. (Look here for some advise on durable, non-toxic container options.) If your water at home tastes funny, try an activated charcoal or ceramic filter. Here is a comparison of home-use water filters from Grist.
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