Clean Air and Water Bottles – by Rebecca Mayer

We’ve posted countless times about the impact of bottled water on our own health and the health of our planet, but this week Judith A. Ross brings us a new reason to stop sipping from disposable bottles: clean air.

It’s all connected, people, as I’m sure you know.

I’ve been attending dharma talks this week given by a former Tibetan monk, and even the earliest traditions had this figured out.  What we do in one part of the earth affects the people living on the other side.

And when we purchase and dispose of plastic water bottles, we are contributing to thousands of tons of air pollution from the shipping alone.  Here are the stats from the article Why Does Banning Plastic Help Us Breathe?:

In 2006, the equivalent of 2 billion half-liter bottles of water were shipped to U.S. ports, creating thousands of tons of global warming pollution and other air pollution. In New York City alone, the transportation of bottled water from western Europe released an estimated 3,800 tons of global warming pollution into the atmosphere. In California, 18 million gallons of bottled water were shipped in from Fiji in 2006, producing about 2,500 tons of global warming pollution.

So even if you are not a Tibetan monk, it’s useful to think about how each action you take sets of a chain of ripples, affecting yourself, yes, but also your surroundings.

Let us know:  what other ways do you notice small actions having tremendous implications?  (These can be positive, too!)


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2 Responses to Clean Air and Water Bottles – by Rebecca Mayer

  1. michela says:

    we hang our clothes out on a clothesline, to make a small step to help conserve electricity.

    • bagitmovie says:

      michela, i was so surprised on my travels through new zealand, india, thailand and cambodia this winter: it doesn’t seem like people outside the u.s. use clothes dryers much at all! what a great way to conserve resources – keep it up!

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