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Raven says ...
My Water Purifier is wonderful in so very many ways. I take water straight from the tap and run it through my purifier to replenish the pitchers that I keep in the house, and the water bottle that I keep in my car. I do have a plastic container that I use at work, but that is constantly refilled and has been in use for at least 3 months now....that's at least 75+ bottles that I did not have to add to the landmills and did not have to spend money on either. All in all, good for me and better for the planet!
03/06/2008 9:01:24 PM CST
Megan says ...
This topic is something I've been debating recently. My fiance and I use refillable Nalgene water bottles, with water that we filter at home. I'm concerned about the potential toxins, and recently read an article that said warm liquids leached more of the toxin than cold liquids. I have considered aluminum bottles but have also read that patients with Alzheimer's often have an elevated level of aluminum in their system and that avoiding the metal may help reduce levels in your body. Are there any risks with stainless steel bottles? I think glass is great, but we need something that won't break so easily. Thanks!
03/06/2008 9:23:34 PM CST
Jennifer says ...
My sister is an environmental engineer who now works for the U.S. Air Force. When she was studying water pollution and water supply in Colorado, she found that some bottled water had more contaminants than tap water. She, however, still uses a Nalgene bottle. My mom likes to use jam jars or pepperoncini jars because they are easy to wash and refill. And me? I am currently drinking from water fountains, but planning to buy a metal sigg bottle soon.
03/06/2008 9:37:20 PM CST
Kathy says ...
In the United States, public drinking fountains are really taken for granted. The only places I have ever seen them in Europe or the UK is in the airports! I have really learned to appreciate them. I can hardly walk by one without taking a drink. The colder it is, the longer I drink. Grant it, the water may not be perfect, and sometimes it is truly awful, but it still beats using plastic water bottles and adding more plastic to the already overflowing landfills. And it also beats carrying around a bottle all the time just for "perfect" water!
03/06/2008 9:57:02 PM CST
Jess says ...
We had a water purification system installed last year under our kitchen sink($400). We not only save money not purchasing water but we're conserving by not using plastic bottles. I also offer my friends & family to come on over and take our purified water and they fill up their jugs also. Pretty good investment, saving 2-3 households from buying bottled water.
03/06/2008 10:01:33 PM CST
Kelly says ...
I live in Tucson where it's hot and very dry so it's imperative to have an adequate supply of water with me everywhere I go. I refill a one liter glass Gerolsteiner (mineral water) bottle with distilled water and carry it with me. The bottle is pretty (I've had many people ask where it came from) and it's an easy way to track my fluid intake throughout the day. Whenever it starts to look a little grungy, I recycle it and buy a new one.
03/06/2008 10:03:24 PM CST
Bonnie says ...
I have a tendency to form kidney stones and have been advised to drink LOTS of water, so I do carry a water bottle with me - but mine is (HORRORS!) a plastic Rubbermaid bottle. It's a "permanent," refillable bottle, so I'm not adding to landfill problems. I love this bottle, although I do worry, I confess, about what might be leaching into my water. I like this bottle because it's light, I can see into it, and the drinking "spout" doesn't have to unscrewed or sucked on - it just flips up (requires only one hand) and the "spout" is the perfect size for drinking. It closes so snugly that even if the bottle falls, it never leaks. And the outside of it doesn't condense moisture on the inside of my purse. When the cover is removed, the bottle opening is plenty large to allow for thorough washing. Although I've looked, I can't find anything remotely like it made out of metal and I won't carry glass because of weight and breakage. Alas!! I am open to suggestions for appropriate alternatives.
03/06/2008 10:06:16 PM CST
Kelly Harris says ...
I carry my stainless steel water bottle whereverI go. Atnight I fill it about 2 inches full and put in the freezer, then before I leave home, I fill the remainder of the bottle. That way not only do I have fresh water anddo not have to purchase a plastic bottle, but I have good cold water for many hours.
03/06/2008 10:14:47 PM CST
marcia says ...
I recycle my glass juice bottles for my water bottle. I'll use the smaller ones for the gym. I always keep a larger bottle filled with water in the car as this is the best time to try and get in that daily amount of water. When you're stuck in traffic or thinking about grabbing a coffee, this makes for a great diversion. Also, a squeeze of fresh citrus makes your water zippy. Don't use dish soap to clean out your bottles as it leaves a residual flowery smell. Use grapefruit seed extract to clean and disinfect naturally!
03/06/2008 10:22:37 PM CST
Antonia from Brooklyn says ...
We use wine bottles to store filtered tap water. The cork works fine. We rinse them out with baking soda every dozen refills or so. We use mason jars to store leftover tea and coffee in our fridge, and also use mason jars for food leftovers. To tote around, we follow Stephanie's example (comment #2) and use glass tea bottles.
03/06/2008 10:37:38 PM CST
Kathy says ...
Okay, this isn't really about drinking water. I have been reading alot of these green blogs and have not seen it ever mentioned that Sunday comics make great wrapping paper! I NEVER buy wrapping paper. This has been done in my family at least since I was a little girl and I'm pushing 50 now! Okay I have bought Christmas paper occasionally when it is 90% off at Target, or 25 cents per 100 ft. roll at Walgreens.
03/06/2008 10:51:02 PM CST
Mary says ...
Great suggestions everyone. I have been using 2 tall glass evian bottles. After filling it with reverse osmosis water, I place both in this great wine cooler bag that I found. It also has a strap for easy carring. I also use a wide mouth mason jar as well. I find any of these two options helpful. It funny how far we have gone from using glass to now using plastic. I teach high school and the students as well as the staff think that I am weird when they see me drinking out a of glass container. They often ask me why. Takes them a while to figure that one out. Can you believe it. Aside from the enviromental impact, we need not forget about the impact that plastics have on our health. For example zenoestrogens (causing unbalanced estogen levels) that arise as artifacts during the manufacture of plastics and other synthetic materials. These zenoestrogens increase the risk of breast and uterine cancer, harder to lose weight, salt and fluid retention, high blood pressure, depression, and headaches.,interferes with thyroid hormone, greatly increases the risk of stroke, decreases libido, hampers control of healthy blood sugar levels and fatigue. Some food for thought. Thanks for sharing.
03/07/2008 12:21:48 AM CST
Stella Perez says ...
I loved bottled water. But I was consuming about 25 per week. This seemed like such a waste. What I do now, to help the environment, I buy water by the gallon. I serve it in a glass, and drink from the glass rather than a bottle. In the end, I recycle a gallon jug, rather than 12 bottles. I'm not sure if this is better, but it feels better.
03/07/2008 12:50:53 AM CST
susan says ...
um, the water fountain? we have water fountains everywhere, for people to drink out of. i know what's in tap water. if you notice there's a problem, it's usually something you can bring up with the city you're in, it might be a temporary problem due to flooding, but it could be something that needs attention. i should feel lucky i don't live near a farm that sprays crops and use well water for my home--i doubt there's much a filter can do for that stuff. that's why we eat organic foods when we can. i suppose no one uses public restrooms either?
03/07/2008 12:53:00 AM CST
Jackie Clonan says ...
I am an American, working for a Toronto based company [how I found Whole Foods in Oakville] & am on the road for hundreds of miles-----I need water to hydrate. I found the perfect container......a Whole Foods organic liter sized milk bottle----it's great since I can wash it out, & has a plastic cap. However, I have to refill from a plastic gallon water bottle I keep in the minivan. Our Buffalo, NY area water is heavy on flouride, making it difficult to get past the smell which is why I continue to buy the gallon jugs. My suggestion would be to bring out gallon sized glass water bottles, like the milk bottles, & charge a depost which would be returned on refill.....just like we did with pop/milk bottles. Make sure the tops screw on for reuse.
03/07/2008 5:40:16 AM CST
David C says ...
These are all great ideas, but in order to make a significant change, we need to stop the use of petroleum-based plastic water bottles altogether. That is where Whole Foods can help. Sell water in plant-based biodegradable bottles only. They do exist. Very simple and perhaps the rest of the world will catch on.
03/07/2008 5:54:44 AM CST
bill benton says ...
where can i buy 1 gal stainless steel water bottles?
03/07/2008 5:58:41 AM CST
PJ says ...
For work, I used to reuse the little plastic milk containers you find in six packs, but now I use the glass peanut butter jars. If I don't have to tote it all day with me and there isn't anywhere I can get refills, I'll sometimes use the glass spaghetti sauce jars because of their larger size.
03/07/2008 7:10:36 AM CST
Crystal says ...
We buy single bottles of Mountain Valley Spring water and leave it our van, during the Summer. The thirstiest time of year! This way, the hot temps do not affect the water, like the plastic that leaches. Also, we use SIGG bottles for the kids' lunches (to avoid the plastic "leaching" hazard).
03/07/2008 7:43:48 AM CST
Laura says ...
I'm fortunate to work for one of our local 'big' employers. The facilities department has installed filtered ice and water dispensers all over our buildings. Many of us bring a refillable container and use those daily, instead purchasing bottled water. Urge your employer to do the same. It adds up!
03/07/2008 8:09:03 AM CST
Gabrielle says ...
But why search out fountains and cafes when you can easily carry your own with you? It's like pay phones... why search for one when you can carry a mobile? It's much easier for me just to carry my own water around. My Sigg bottle is really pretty too - I get a lot of compliments on it! They say it looks like a genie bottle. :)
03/07/2008 8:22:05 AM CST
Adrienne Porter says ...
If you work in an office setting with a community water cooler, instead of using a new plastic cup from the dispenser every time you want water, bring a glass from home that you can wash and reuse when you need hydration.
03/07/2008 8:46:43 AM CST
Alba says ...
I simply use my Kleen Kanteen. They come in various sizes to suit your needs. There are even different cap styles from which to choose. Get a couple to accomodate the length of your trips. (One small, one large.) I even drink out of it at home, by keeping it handy on a coaster on my bookshelf. It's perfect since I like room temperature water (which is better for hydration than frigid water) and will use it to give my nearby plant a drink as well. Of course, it's filtered first. I'm aware that filtration will not rid the water of all toxicity, but every bit helps. At work, I have a mug I refill throughout the day in addition to a water fountain I utilize every time I pass it. The movement is gaining momentum. I suggest this Spring and Summer we all start advertising and bring out our reusable water bottles for the masses to see!!!!
03/07/2008 9:39:49 AM CST
Kristin says ...
You can get SIGG at www.northern-spirit.ca I have one too, they're awesome! They come in smaller sizes for kids, as well as accessories like sport tops and cozies (Kind of like the ones for beer cans) Because the bottles are metal, if you put cold water in them, the outside of the bottle is rather cold to the touch. A great product that I now can't live without!
03/07/2008 10:55:39 AM CST
miguel says ...
Our individual personal practices amount to much, a little at a time. On occasion we can do much more at once if we not shun the opportunities that arise. Whenever you are on a committee that is planing an event, do not be discouraged by the inertia of fellow planners, from providing food and drink in ways that not generate disposables. You might think that it would be a given for an event named Veg Fest. Repeatedly I had to relift the rug under which the issue was being swept. I recruited a filtration system vendor to dispense water at the event, into sports bottles, promotional of our organization, which we sold.
03/07/2008 1:42:25 PM CST

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