TSA #3 – Enough with the plastic bottles

Dec 5, 2011 by

Welcome to TSA #3.  Its time to ditch the plastic water bottle.

I’ve been against plastic bottles for a long time, but have consistently bought and used them at the same time (stupid I know).  I’ve compromised with the wife on this issue, by buying them and then refilling them with tap water after the first use and then buying new ones when those bottles wear out or just get lost in the mix.  But recently I’ve made a concerted effort to do away with the use of these bottles and just use a high quality refillable bottle like this one.

I’ve had this bottle for a long time, but never used it consistently as I always had a fridge full of the other water bottles.  But now I’m working to change that.  I’ve switched over to only drinking from this bottle and am working on not using the others at all.

Here is why you need to make the switch:

  • In the US, we consume 1500 plastic water bottles….in 1 second.  Every second!  1500 bottles!
  • Out of the 50 billion bottles of water being bought each year, 80% end up in a landfill, even though recycling programs exist.
  • 17 million barrels of oil are used in producing bottled water each year.
  • Bottled water costs 1,000 times more than tap water. Drinking 2 Litres of tap water a day only costs 50 cents per year.
  • Tap water is tested and releases information about those tests.  Bottled water is not tested nearly as much and does not disclose the results of the tests.

Here’s the reasons that I made the switch:

  • I no longer have to buy the water bottles means I’m saving money
  • I no longer have to store the bottles either in my fridge or in some random area in the garage so I’m saving some space.
  • I’m no longer contributing to this problem.

So that is your TSA for this week.  Ditch the bottled water and go out and get yourself a good reusable bottle from REI.  And yes I am specifically recommending REI because if anything ever happens to that bottle you can take it back and return it at anytime for a refund.  Stop wasting money on bottled water, save your self some cash, and save our planet a little too while you are at it.


TSA = Truly Simple Actions
The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.

Previous TSA’s:
TSA#1 – Buy a meal for someone who needs it
TSA#2 – Go do something fun




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