Sodas, mineral water and juices on the go. You know the drill. Yes it’s convenient. And in some countries even necessary, since the tap water is not drinkable (which is really sad when you think about it). But even here in Sweden, where we are fortunate enough to have excellent tap water we still buy a lot of bottled water. Why? How is there even a market for this? Maybe on the go, but even then. With a little planning you’d be just fine without it.
How to make the change
When you are at a restaurant ask for tap water (if the water is drinkable). And when traveling, bring your own bottle of water if possible. Avoid unnecessary bottled drinks such as sodas and other sweet drinks. And I know, some people really love their sodas. But maybe you can at least reduce the amount of sodas you drink? Then it will also feel more like a treat when you actually drink it. Make sure to recycle your bottle when finished.
Why make the change?
Only in America 2.5 million plastic bottles are thrown away every hour (!!!). A lot of the plastic ends up in our oceans, where it has a deadly effect on wildlife. Thousands of seabirds and sea turtles, seals and other marine mammals are killed each year after ingesting plastic or getting entangled in it. Read more about plastic pollution here.
Be a climate ninja
All big cities should have water stations around town where people could fill their empty water bottles up to help minimize the amount of plastic we throw away. Water should be free for everyone, everywhere. Maybe you can raise a petition and send it to your local politicians?