Be Part of the SolutionENDING BOTTLED WATER ADDICTION WILL SAVE MONEY & ENVIRONMENT {from Organic Consumer Association}

BOTTLED WATER ISN’T NECESSARILY CLEANER: According to the San Francisco Chronicle and lawsuits from the Environmental Law Foundation, 40% of bottled water is really just repackaged tap water. Maybe that’s a good thing, considering federal standards for tap water are actually higher than those for bottled water.

BOTTLED WATER AND OIL: Supplying Americans with plastic water bottles for one year consumes more than 47 million gallons of oil, according to the Container Recycling Institute. That’s enough to take 100,000 cars off the road and 1 billion pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Add in the additional amount of oil it takes to ship the bottles thousands of miles from extraction source to recipient, and your drink of H2O could be categorized with the “Hummers” of the world.

BOTTLED WATER AND BIODEGRADABILITY: Buddha’s bones turned to dust a long time ago. But if he had been a bottled water drinker, that plastic would still be laying around. It takes two minutes to drink a bottle of water, but it takes thousands of years for that piece of plastic garbage to go away.

SOLUTION: Buy a water filter and a non-plastic water container of your preferred size. Fill it up in the morning before you go to work or school. Do a quick online search, and you can also find affordable portable water filters for when you are traveling. You’ll save yourself and the environment a lot of expense.

If you don’t already own a metal water bottle, then check out PTF’s online store we carry these 24 oz Stainless Steel Metal Water Bottle w/ Cover that are made from durable and hygienic stainless steel reusable. These reusable bottles an excellent way to cut down on wasteful single use containers, while saving you money. Best of all avoid exposure to potentially harmful chemicals leaching from cheap plastic alternatives.


Ikea to charge for plastic shopping bags

Ikea, which has its U.S. headquarters in suburban Conshohocken, announced Tuesday that it will start charging customers a nickel for every plastic bag they use to carry their booty of Glasklar dishes and Bibbi Snurr blankets. Proceeds from the surcharge will go to an environmental conservation group.
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Behold the incredible shrinking Colorado River Experts: Even worse water shortages possible due to warming, population {MSNBC}

“Temperature records across the Colorado River basin and the western United States document a significant warming over the past century,” the experts noted. “These temperature records, along with climate model projections that forecast further increases, collectively suggest that temperatures across the region will continue to rise for the foreseeable future.”More than 25 million people in seven states — Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming — rely on the Colorado River for water and power.
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Bon appetite – and now we’re growing our own {Guardian}

Britain produces more mozzarella than Italy and air-dried ham to rival Parma’s. On the way are olives and single-estate tea. Tim Hayward on a food renaissance
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The Senate slaps sustainable ag {Grist}

Ask small-scale, sustainable-minded farmers where they go for tips, and invariably they’ll mention ATTRA, an information clearinghouse funded by the USDA.Just this morning, I went to to get information on how to make organic potting-soil mix for starting seeds. Like many farmers, I’ve printed out copies of ATTRA’s indispensable guides to cover crops and soil management and keep them in a prominent place in the farm office.As a new farmer, I can’t imagine a world without ATTRA, which stands for Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas. That’s why my blood began to boil this morning when I found out that the Senate had voted to defund ATTRA’s ultra-modest $2.5 million annual budget.
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Carbon offsets ‘harm environment’ {BBC}

The current trend for “offsetting” carbon emissions by planting trees is doing more harm to the environment than good, MPs have been told. The public is being “seriously misled” by companies peddling carbon offset schemes, campaigner Jutta Kill told the environmental audit committee. The schemes did not reduce emissions and simply gave industry a “licence to pollute” elsewhere, she argued.
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  1. Ioan says:

    You know what. I recycle, I have a worm composter and all, but I never really thought about the impact of the dozen water bottles I easily buy every month. I’m buying a Sigg bottle right now for myself and my wife!

  2. littlejennywren says:

    I found those statistics about bottled water amazing. It’s so much easier and cheaper to take water from home in your own bottle. Also thanks for the link about carbon offsetting. It has always seemed to me to be a deeply flawed way of thinking.

  3. Anna says:

    Are Nalgene bottles (like those printed with school logos and such) safe to use? They’re a very durable plastic bottle but I am not sure about the leaching. I use one every day to bring to work.

  4. kevin smith says:

    Carbon offsets are the modern day indulgences, sold to an increasingly carbon conscious public to absolve their climate sins. Scratch the surface, however, and a disturbing picture emerges, where creative accountancy and elaborate shell games cover up the impossibility of verifying genuine climate change benefits, and where communities in the South often have little choice as offset projects are inflicted on them.

    This report argues that offsets place disproportionate emphasis on individual lifestyles and carbon footprints, distracting attention from the wider, systemic changes and collective political action that needs to be taken to tackle climate change. Promoting more effective and empowering approaches involves moving away from the marketing gimmicks, celebrity endorsements, technological quick fixes, and the North/South exploitation that the carbon offsets industry embodies.

  5. Zack Borwo Kipkoros says:

    It is perturbing to discover that what we at first called mineral/bottled water isn’t fit for humann consumption, not even animals. It is dirty and untreated water from rusty pipes/taps syringed into collected used water bootles from the bins.
    Be warned-Zack Borwo, Environmental writer, Nairobi-Kenya