Sunday, April 5, 2009

Arrgh! Plastic Water Bottles & Styrofoam Cups & Containers!


(Hint: There is a duplicate of this post over at my Refining Life blog, with a different giveaway! You can enter both!)

Did you know that Americans consumed 50 billion single serve water bottles in one year? It is estimated that only 2 in 10 bottles are recycled. Where are the rest? You got it, in landfills. These PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottles take 1000 years to biodegrade! Then, you need to consider the energy consumed in the manufacture, transportation and disposal of these items. Does this concern you?

Now, let's talk about Styrofoam (Polystyrene) cups & containers! While the technology for recycling polystyrene is available, the market for recycling is very small and shrinking. Most of it ends up in the landfills, and it often breaks up into small pieces that can choke animals & clog their digestive systems.

I plan to eliminate these things from my home and lifestyle! Won't you join me? It's pretty simple really.

  • Get a nice sturdy travel mug for you hot beverages (see below)

  • Purchase a reusable sports bottle for drinking water on-the-go

  • Take your own "to go" box when you eat out. Stick it your purse and when it's time to corral the leftovers, you won't be taking styrofoam home.


Edited to add: My buddy Doodles reminded me that I neglected to mention plastic bags! Here some info that she has provided on her blogs that are MUST READ! Thanks, my friend!

Recycle a T-shirt into a reusable bag> HERE
Reusablebags.com>HERE



Giveaway!

I think this is so important! If you'll leave a comment on this post by Saturday April 11th, I'll enter you in a drawing to win a Tupperware Commuter Mug like the one pictured above! And please, spread the word!

Visit My Organized Kitchen website & sign up for my newsletter, and you'll get two enteries!

Cheers! Chris

4 comments:

Princess Of Pink said...

That is ONE handy mug! Would love to win it, lol.

Many hugs from Marian/dutchy on MJF

Jessie said...

I didn't see this on your other blog until just now. What a great idea to recycle tshirts to make bags!! It is a whole lot cheaper and a great way to recycle something I might otherwise have overlooked. (I usually just turn them into pillows are something...lol)

Wonderful ideas and thanks for sharing!!
hugs
Jessie-CRsHelpmeet@MJFarm

Anonymous said...

I just found this site and love it. What great ideas.

Tammyb MJF#541

Bee said...

Well, I missed the giveaway deadline, but I'd still like the newsletter!