I’ve got a confession to make

I’ve got a confession to make.

Last night, in a moment of supreme weakness I did something stupid. Dare I say unforgivable? I bought a bottled water. That’s right. I succumbed to my base urges and purchased something that is essentially free. May the tap water gods smite me down for my hypocrisy!

But wait! Surely it doesn’t have to be all bad…

Like many of you (or probably all of you) have experienced, I was absolutely hankering for cool drink of water when I wasn’t near any public taps. Rather than suffer through the agony of being unable to quench that thirst, I acted against my values and the ideals of this campaign and decided to purchase a bottle. This is something that, sooner or later, we will all inevitably do. Bottled waters are convenient and, unfortunately, sometimes all that is available when the situation calls for it.

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A moment of weakness?

However, when the situation arises that you have to purchase bottled water, it doesn’t mean that you need to forgo all efforts at helping out our environment and be conscious of your ‘footprint.’

So, once I had downed that cool, all natural nectar I didn’t toss it into the nearest bin I could find. I certainly didn’t just toss it aside either (don’t get me started on that kind of behaviour). I held on to it. I was determined to dispose of it in the proper fashion; recycling, of course.

Thankfully, most water bottles these days are made of PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) and can be recycled. Additionally, unlike PVC (Polyvinyl chloride), PET doesn’t release chlorine into the atmosphere when burnt.

Despite most bottled waters being made of this recyclable material, unfortunately, only 40% of these bottles are actually recycled. Many of them needlessly end up in landfill. Clean Up Australia says that plastic water bottles are one of the most common rubbish items picked up on Clean Up Australia day. Recycling one bottle can power a TV for 90 minutes!

In addition to recycling, another great way to make use of a purchased bottle is to keep using it! Talk about having your cake and eating it too! Just be sure to give it a good wash in between used to make sure no nasty bacteria develop.

I’ll admit, I was actually pretty disappointed in myself when I purchased this bottle. But hopefully, it has, instead, brought about something of a learning opportunity for both you and me. So remember, Instead of just tossing that bottle make sure that you dispose of it in the right way; by recycling it or reusing it. Because Let’s face it, bottled water can be really convenient and sometimes it’s all that is available. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still make an effort to help our planet.

#backtothetap #recycle #tapgods

JA

 

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