Simple Life Hack: Your Reusable Bottle

I actually get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach when I see people leaving the “big box” or grocery store with a plastic wrapped case of water in 24 or more plastic bottles. SERIOUSLY? Unless local water is unavailable or contaminated – why?????

There are so many BPA free and stainless reusable water bottle options. Can there be a more simple way to eliminate one of the most prevalent plastic polluters around?

plastic-bottle-pollution-20473936You may already practice this simple habit of bringing your own water bottle. Do the Ocean a favor and share this with friends who might not realize the following information. The Ocean, our voiceless friend, will be forever grateful.
This is from the RecycleBank website (FOLLOW on Twitter @RecycleBank) for endless great information)

Bottled Water vs. The Environment

Bottled water contributes to physical waste.

With bottled water, you get an enormous amount of, well, bottles. And for the last couple of years, the amount of plastic bottles being recycled keeps falling, which means more plastic bottles are going to the landfill — or the ocean, where they are damaging marine ecosystems — and represent a waste of the resources that went into making the bottle. Speaking of…

It takes more water to make a plastic bottle of water than goes in the bottle.

Yes. For example, Coca-Cola told Mother Jones in 2014 that it used 1.63 liters of water to produce every liter of water bottled. That’s quite a waste of water!

Now here’s a little tidbit to top it all off: A not insignificant amount of bottled water is just bottled municipal water anyway … AKA the same water you get from your tap.1

Ready to switch yet? We promise it doesn’t have to be hard. You can get filters for your tap water so you can feel more confident in the quality of the water from your sink, and then use glasses and reusable bottles (bonus: reusable bottles with measurements on them are a good way to make sure you’re drinking enough water each day!). Reusable bottles are the solution if you’re out running errands, too. It’s even possible to host a party without using bottled water — just fill up a few pitchers of water and dole out reusable cups. You can do it!

SOURCES: 1 NRDC, Mayo Clinic, Healthline, Food & Water Watch, Resource Recycling

Solutions Inspire: Saving Our Ocean

food-waste.jpg_largeWe found this on Twitter posted by @UNEnvironment. (You can follow us @BlueLifeConnect)

Small changes at the grocery store, at the dinner table and on the way to the garbage can will make a huge difference – to the Ocean. The info-graphic to the left shows the simple ways how – and why. It’s all about paying attention, making the small habit changes we can, and doing that daily. That’s the premise of the BLUE LIFE JOURNAL.

Check the “use by” date and learn just how much longer that food item is actually safe to use – and will cooking extend the time

Shop local – Being a locavore is powerful. Locavores are people who eat only locally-grown produce and, when possible, rely on meat, eggs, and other food products from local sources. These food are fresher, don’t travel so far from farm to market (and need less preservatives) and are grown by your neighbors.

While plastic is what we worry about most – living in a landfill for almost eternity – we dispose of much that can be composted. Buy what you need and then learn how to turn the “waste” into something of value. The high desert earth where I try to grow things with a not-so-green thumb would benefit from enrichment. Compost is decomposed organic material, such as leaves, grass clippings, and kitchen waste. It provides many essential nutrients for plant growth and therefore is often used as fertilizer. But you don’t have to BUY fertilizer, if you create it yourself. Compost also improves soil structure so that soil can easily hold the correct amount of moisture, nutrients and air.

These surprising “Blue Life” choices begin at home – even you live nowhere near the Ocean. #BeatPollution with a “Blue” mindset. We would love to hear your ideas.