Like many things in American society, bottled water has become a symbol of two things: how easy it is to brainwash our people, and how our society completely disregards its basic necessities to make an easy buck.
Bottled water is a campaign to make money based on false information and fear. I learned so much from this little video – kudos to those who put it together! A billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean water, and did you know that a portion of our thrown-out plastic bottles ends up polluting other countries? Rude.
If you live in an area with tap water that has questionable quality or taste (I speak from experience, my homecity’s water tastes like straight up chlorine), consider investing in a faucet purifier. That way you can use a refillable bottle and get filtered water right out of the tap!
Rain harvesting is the process by which rain (or other precipitation) is funneled into a catchment system for later use. Most people use their collected rainwater for gardens but if you’re adventurous enough, you can filter it for drinking water, bath water, or a number of other things.
In areas with any substantial amount of rain, it’s easy to collected hundreds or thousands of gallons of water. In drier climates, such as the one where I live, it’s still easy to collect several hundred gallons. (Think about that for a second – hundreds or thousands of gallons of free water!)
Composting kitchen waste is one of the most well-known and easiest methods of reducing landfill space and recycling matter. If you have kids (or if you’re a kid at heart, like me), it’s rewarding to watch “waste” turn into something usable. Wasted food is one of my biggest pet peeves (and I’m such a bad cook that I end up wasting my own leftovers, so I’m not on a soapbox here), and it’s so easy to just stop doing it.
What does that word bring up for you?
I think for some people it brings to mind eco-terrorism and dirty hippies. For me, it’s really about balance. I’m no expert in sustainable practices, but I have some pretty strong feelings about them, and since you’re unfortunate enough to be following this blog, you’re just going to have to read them.
I’m a self-proclaimed dirt-worshipping nature nerd, but alongside the whole ‘save the planet’ mission behind sustainability, I love the kind of innovation that people are capable of when it comes to conserving resources.
If any of you are like me, you probably don’t want to know the answer to this question. Based on the adorable duck graphic below, I’m guessing the people at National Geographic knew they’d be dealing with people like me, and so they made the quiz graphically attractive with cutesy cartoons. They win.