(Hint: There is a duplicate of this post over at my Today's Organized Kitchen 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
- 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.
(Tupperware's FlatOut collapsible bowls are perfect for this!)
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
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 the 2-pc. FlatOut Set mentioned above! And please, spread the word!