Green Tips for February
Use bars of soap, rather than buying liquid hand soap and body wash. It will last a lot longer and save money, as well as eliminating a lot of unnecessary plastic containers!
Avoid Bottled Water - Bottled water is inspected less than tap water, yet it costs 1000x times more. It creates large amounts of plastic waste, which lasts for centuries as it degrades into tiny pieces that eventually reach the ocean and our plates. The manufacture of each plastic bottle requires the equivalent of several more bottles of tap water. Use a refillable water bottle and tap water or a water filter for the tap water and then chill the water in the fridge. https://greenlivingideas.com/2013/04/15/10-reasons-you-should-avoid-bottled-water/
Join us to learn more and view the film 'Tapped' on Sat. 2/22 at 10 am for coffee, nibbles and discussion in the Vestry.
Avoid Bottled Water - Waste of all resources. Not only is plastic made from oil, it takes oil to bottle, transport, chill and ship. According to Back to the Tap, “the amount of oil we use to produce water bottles each year (17 million barrels) could fuel over 1,000,000 cars for an entire year.” And more fun facts from Back to the Tap:
Imagine a disposable water bottle ¼ full of petroleum: this is how much petroleum it takes to make and distribute a single plastic bottle of water.
It takes THREE bottles of water to make and distribute ONE disposable plastic bottle of water.
120 grams of greenhouse gases are generated by a single disposable plastic bottle of water.
Plastic is not good for drinking. Most plastics leach chemicals into our liquids; drinking bottled water everyday increases our chance of chemical exposure. Ban the Bottle notes that, “in research of 132 brands of bottled water from 28 countries stored in containers made from polyethylene terephthalate, or PET found that the concentration of certain chemicals, such as antimony, increases over time because the plastic is leaching chemicals into the water. Antimony is a white metallic element that in small doses can cause nausea, dizziness and depression. In large doses, it can be fatal. Antimony is similar chemically to lead. It is also a potentially toxic trace element.” We recommend choosing reusable stainless steel or glass water bottles for refilling instead of plastic to keep exposure to plastic chemicals low.