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August 01, 2008

Get rid of the bottle and take back the filter

I'm inspired by Beth Terry's list of plastics that she has eliminated from her life. I don't know if I can do it, but I'm willing to give it a try. I'll start with the water issue and the two plastics that surround it, i.e. the bottle and the filter.

I don't think we need bottled water in places where we have tap water. I don't care if a bottle is made of petroleum based plastic or made of corn, it's still overkill for what we need in the average US town. Plus, only 10% of bottles, plastic or corn are recycled. Corn-made-plastic bottles may not be as harmful, but it 's still and that's what we need to cut back on first.

Let's say you do have questionable tap water. Brita makes a find product to give you gallons of great tasting water at a fraction of the cost of bottled water. In Europe, according to Beth, Brita has a program to take back the plastic filter. She's lobbying that they do the same thing in the U.S. If you think it's a great idea and are a buyer/user of the filters, then send your filter to takebackthefilter.org.


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