It’s almost Earth Day! What are you doing to reduce your impact on the environment? Here’s a great resolution—cutting back on plastic waste. Plastic bottles are responsible for a lot of pollution, and may even affect public health. You can cut back by replacing them with reusable bottles, and recycling ones you do buy. You can also eliminate bottled water usage at home and at work, with a water filter from Angel Water!
This Earth Day, Replace Plastic Bottles with a Water Filter
Earth Day is almost here, and it’s a good time to reflect on your habits. One habit to think about is how much you buy plastic bottles, and how you can change that with recycling, a water filter, and other ways.
As you’re probably aware, plastic waste is a big problem which negatively impacts not just the environment but public health. Each American throws away an average of 185 pounds of plastic every year, and over 85% of that makes its way into the environment. This is such a big problem that there’s an island of trash twice the size of Texas floating off the coast of California, and it’s 90% plastic. That plastic gets into the body of all sorts of marine organisms that we might then eat.
We’ve written here before about ways to reduce plastic waste. This time, we’re honing in specifically on how to reduce your plastic bottle waste. Here are five things you can do to get started.
Replace Disposable Bottles with a Reusable One
The first thing you can do is to stop buying drinks in single-use plastic bottles and instead carry a reusable water bottle. This way, instead of buying and throwing away a couple of bottles throughout the day when you want a drink, you just refill your bottle.
This is great for replacing bottled water with water from a water filter you keep at home or at work. You don’t have to stop there, though. While we love water, you could also fill your bottle with juice in the morning, green tea at lunch, or even soda from a drink fountain.
If You Buy a Plastic Bottle, Recycle
Even still, there’ll be times when you buy plastic bottles. Whether you’re stocking your fridge with juice and soda, or you’re out and don’t have your reusable bottle, you’ll end up getting a drink in a plastic bottle.
That’s okay, since our goal is to reduce our plastic bottle waste, even if we can’t eliminate it entirely. Still, you shouldn’t just throw that plastic away. Recycle it, so that it can be turned into other plastic good and not end up in a landfill or ocean just yet.
Invest in an In-Home Water Filter
The best thing you can do to cut back on plastic bottles is to invest in a whole house water filter. A reverse osmosis system from Angel Water provides clean, safe, refreshing water at every fixture of your home. In fact, tap water is already at least as clean and healthy as bottled water. So, adding a water filter will mean you’re drinking water even better than what the bottled water companies are selling.
This way, whenever you want some water, you won’t have to grab a plastic water bottle—you can just grab a glass and drink as much as you want.
Replace Plastic Bottles in Your Shower
Plastic bottles aren’t just used for drinks, though. They’re used for all sorts of products, including soaps, shampoos, bleach, detergent, etc. Wherever possible, try to replace these with eco-friendly alternatives. Many products are now available in cardboard boxes. You can also look into green cleaning, a trend where people are starting to find ways to replace cleaning products with things they already have at home, like baking soda.
Ban Plastic Bottles in Your Home and Work
Of course, you can’t reduce the world’s plastic problem all on your own. The best way you can contribute is by bringing other people into the fold, too. If you have enough influence, you can even get everyone in your home and workplace to commit to avoiding plastic bottles.
A water filter is a great way to accomplish this. As we mentioned above, the water that a water filter provides is actually superior to bottled water. Another selling point you can use is that it will actually save money. If your workplace or home buys bottled water, or even gets it delivered in 5-gallon bottles, they’re paying more every year than they would to maintain a water filter that provides unlimited clean water at every fixture.
Go to an Earth Day Event
In addition to making those five changes to cut back on plastic, you should also participate in an Earth Day event. It’s a great way to celebrate all our positive efforts and get the family involved! Here are some local Earth Day events in the Chicago area:
Forest Preserve Cleanup with Lake County Veterans
The Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation is hosting its second annual clean-up event. Spend a couple hours helping vets clean up Lake County Forest Preserve’s Grant Woods in Grayslake, IL, then share a free barbeque lunch. This is a great way to both help the environment and grow closer with your community!
Earthfest at the Adler Planetarium
This all-ages day-long party is a great way to show your kids the importance of coming together and celebrating the planet. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 3-11, and can be found at the planetarium’s website.
Party for the Planet at Brookfield Zoo
The zoo is always a great place to introduce your family to nature, and their Earth Day event makes it even better. Activities include flower and tree planting, zoo chats, and more. Plenty of earth-friendly vendors will be present, and a recycling drive will be accepting items. The event is free with admission—see their website for details.
Earth Day Celebration at Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie
style=”color: #000000; font-family: Calibri;”>This prairie once extended for millions of square miles. While it now only covers 32 acres, it’s still a great place to go for a nature walk, see some environmental exhibits, and participate in some family activities. The Bike Glenview Campaign will be encouraging bicycles as the preferred way of getting around town, and Share Your Soles will be collecting gently-used and new shoes for donation.
So, this Earth Day, talk to your family and your coworkers, and start a conversation about banning bottled water and investing in a water filter. For product information, quotes, and more, contact Angel Water—we’re the premier water treatment company in the area, meaning we’re who you want to call for a water filter in Barrington, IL and the surrounding Chicago area. Give us a call at (847) 382-7800 and start cutting back on plastic today!