From "In Praise of Tap Water":
Americans are increasingly thirsty for what is billed as the healthiest, and often most expensive, water on the grocery shelf. But this country has some of the best public water supplies in the world. Instead of consuming four billion gallons of water a year in individual-sized bottles, we need to start thinking about what all those bottles are doing to the planet’s health.
Here are the hard, dry facts: Yes, drinking water is a good thing, far better than buying soft drinks, or liquid candy, as nutritionists like to call it. And almost all municipal water in America is so good that nobody needs to import a single bottle from Italy or France or the Fiji Islands. Meanwhile, if you choose to get your recommended eight glasses a day from bottled water, you could spend up to $1,400 annually. The same amount of tap water would cost about 49 cents.
How many water bottles do you throw away? How many do you recycle?
In our house, Nate and I buy a package of six "sport cap" water bottles of the store brand of water roughly every six months, and we refill them with tap water. They go with us to the beach, sit at the side of our beds, etc. etc. And when they go beyond the point of being reusable, they go into the recycling bin.
Even better than this is my Sigg bottle. In addition to not being made of plastic (except for the cap), it keeps my water cold, and will probably never wear out. Additionally, I can put non-water beverages into it, and it won't retain the flavor.
The "non-convenience" factor in all this is that I need to remember to take a bottle with me when I leave the house.
Bonus: Name the poet and/or poem of the post title, and I'll let you have a guest post.