A few weeks back, Miss Kelli hosted a "Green Week." She focused a week full of posts on reducing, reusing and recycling. Very inspirational.
I have to admit, I am not always as good at this as I could be. I sometimes remember to collect my soda cans and hang them in the alley for a can collector (living in the city, while I live in a safe neighborhood, we do have a number of people who make their rounds in the dumpsters each week - I find leaving the cans for them as a better alternative than paying for our recycling program). I share magazines and books with friends and coworkers. I save energy with my programmable thermostat, etc. But honestly, I know I am not doing enough.
For the past couple weeks, the big news in St. Louis is that Aquafina is bottled municipal water. While for some, that is scary just because it comes from a municipal water supply... it really isn't all that scary because St. Louis was recently voted by the US Conference of Mayors to have the best tap water in the country. But what is scary is that many of us are shelling out good money for the convenience of bottled tap water, not spring water. Not that buying bottled spring water is any better... convenience often supersedes out responsibility to the environment. This responsibility is something I need to get better in touch with.
So, no more buying bottled water. I know it isn't much, but it is a start. All those sports bottles I have collected are going to get a work out.
Funny, I always liked Aquafina best... and it turns out to be the same old water I keep chilled in the pitcher in my fridge. Honestly, it makes me feel quite naive. But at least it is spurring me into action. Better late than never.
Here is another, quite interesting article that gets into more specifics about the bottled water industry. Long, but worth the read. Link.