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Because I want free stuff and I actually care about water!

We live in a beautiful city in the United States.  I should be FINE drinking tap water, but two things keep me from doing it – it tastes kind of gross, and 2 days ago there was a local water advisory only a few miles away due to the possible presence of Coliform bacteria.  Gross! We have recently taken to buying Sparkletts dispensers at the grocery store (after trying Kroger, Arrowhead, etc. Sparkletts passed my picky taste test) that are easy to keep in and dispense from the refrigerator.  As a former member of the BYU recycling club (ahem, yes really), I should know better than to use 1-2 containers per week.  Even though we recycle them, here is a list I found on “Ban the Bottle” why just recycling is not enough:

  • Making bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year1. And that’s not even including the oil used for transportation.
  • The energy we waste using bottled water would be enough to power 190,000 homes2.
  • Last year, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles, but only recycled 38.3
  • Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year3.
  • The recommended eight glasses of water a day, at U.S. tap rates equals about $.49 per year; that same amount of bottled water is about $1,400.
  • Antimony, which is found in PET plastic bottles, in small doses can cause dizziness and depression; in larger doses it can cause nausea, vomiting and death.8

Do you guys use Brita or PUR?  I am trying to win the new PUR Ultimate 11 Cup Pitcher with “Maxion Technology” to see if that can kick the bad practice of buying plastic containers.

Here’s to hoping I can win the PUR and I’ll give you an update as to the taste and quality!!!

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