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#4 Of #1000WaystoNourish: Stop With The Bottled Water

Welcome to NourishbyNumbers, a grassroots social initiative from the trenches. This post is #4 in the series of #1000WaystoNourish. Real steps that we can take in our daily lives to change the way we raise, grow, consume and talk about food.

Better Food for all = Healthy Planet

STOP BUYING BOTTLED WATER

Plastic is consuming our planet. We see horrific images every day. Garbage pickers standing on giant mountains of plastic. Mama penguins unknowingly feeding their chicks plastic pieces that scientists know will eventually kill them. Polar bears eating garbage in northern towns in Europe and Canada. Turtles and whales suffocating on the amount of plastic there is in our oceans. We see these images and we know plastic is bad, so very bad for us and our future, but we continue to buy bottles of water by the million.

Single-use plastic bottled water sales have in fact continued to rise around the world.

WHAT’S HOLDING US BACK?

It’s that awful ugly word that we all love so much. Convenience.

We need the convenience of bottled water, right?

Driving kids to soccer or dance? Thirsty? Here’s a couple of coins for the vending machine.

Planning a roadtrip this weekend? That case of 12 bottles looks like just what we need. It’s just 2.99 after all. We can afford it.

We can’t afford it though! The cost of that case of water isn’t just the change from our wallet, it’s the price we will be paying for generations to come. It’s the cost that our kids will be paying for the next millenia.

Visual depicting pollution caused by empty plastic water bottles and slogan "Stop Buying Bottled Water".
What’s the REAL cost of that bottled water?

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Stop buying bottled water. That’s it. Just stop.

Imagine there is no vending machine. Tell your brain we can’t afford that case of bottled water. Because we can’t.

Plan your day. Carry your own bottle. Rinse it out every couple of days. Keep an extra one in the car and your backpack. If you work in an office – have a pitcher of water with glasses for visitors. Instal a tap or a water fountain for staff and visitors. 

It’s cumbersome, I know, but there is no other choice. Repeat with me – STOP buying bottled water. Just STOP. Our brain and our economy will eventually come up with alternatives.

Using recycled plastic for water bottles? That’s a step in the right direction but not enough companies are doing it. Share and tag @NourishbyNumbers and #1000waystoNourish on social media if you spot them in your grocery store. Let’s support the companies who are trying hard.

One last thing: if you’re thinking that the brand of water bottles that you buy are recyclable, think again! That’s next in #1000WaystoNourish

Reduce takeout waste, bring your own container 1000WaystoNourish

#3 Of #1000WaystoNourish: Takeout Without Waste

Reduce takeout waste

Welcome to NourishbyNumbers, a social initiative from the trenches. This post is #3 in the series of #1000WaystoNourish. Real actions that we can take in our daily lives to change the way we raise, grow, consume and talk about food.

#3 OF #1000WAYSTONOURISH: BRING YOUR OWN TAKEOUT CONTAINERS

Life is busy and cooking at home often falls last on the to-do list of a crazy day. I’m a huge supporter of homemade food but with family routines and only one person who cooks (me!) we end up doing takeout a couple of times a week. That can add up in cost, and garbage!

I can’t help with the cost but I have a solution for the garbage.

Green space polluted by garbage
Choose to reuse! Reduce plastic waste.

REDUCE PLASTIC USE AT HOME

Restaurants normally use foil or styrofoam containers or black plastic boxes with lids for takeout and delivery. While a few cities may recycle these items, mostly they end up in landfills around the world.

A whopping 91% of plastic around the world isn’t recycled.

– National Geographic, July, 2017

The only choice remaining is to use less plastic, and takeout containers can be the first to go.

A few months ago I started bringing our own containers to restaurants for takeout food. It was a little complicated at the outset. Making sure I had the right sized containers and that they were available when we needed them, and clean, yes, it was complicated.

Reusable plastic containers
BYOC – Bring Your Own Containers

The waiters at restaurants were also unhappy, iniially. Their job is hard enough as it is and I felt bad asking them to pack the food in my containers, rather than use their own.

Doing things differently is hard, I get it. But most people understand the importance of reducing the amount of garbage we produce, and they are supportive.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Carry your own takeout container. I can’t stress that enough. I have washed a few plastic containers and tupperware that I now keep in a bag in the car. They are handy for when I need them, and then I wash and keep ready for the next takeout dinner.

Takeout twice a week means adding atleast 8 styrofoam containers to the landfill every week. That’s not including the extra bits and bobs of dip containers, rubber bands, plastic bags etc. Reduce plastic at home. Take your own food containers the next time you order food. That’s one small change that can impact millions of tons of garbage thrown away every minute, every hour around the world.

One last thing: If you’re taking food home, skip the plastic cutlery. The planet will thank you for it. 

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