It’s become a habit in our family, and it’s a good one: we fill up a bottle of water to take with us before we go anywhere. We get thirsty, there might not be a water fountain where we’re going, and it gives me physical pain to buy bottled water for any reason. Today, on World Water Day, it’s worthwhile to remember that when it comes to water, we are the luckiest people in the world: We have clean, treated, safe water coming from our taps for pennies a glass. There’s no need to buy water at a huge markup in a petroleum-made plastic bottle that’s been trucked across the country. Just remember to bring your own. (more…)
Gosh, I love coffee. It’s not just an “I must have caffeine” addiction: I really enjoy drinking it. I love the warmth, the roasty aroma, the cultural routine around “meeting for coffee” and the intimacy that brings. At home, I make a latte every morning. We have this gorgeous old Jura espresso machine that cost us a bloody fortune somewhere around 10 or so years ago, and over the years I’ll easily say it’s made 10,000 cups of coffee, give or take a few hundred. 10,000! That’s a lot. And we drink what I would call an average amount of coffee.
I remember the first time I had a conversation with someone about bottled water. I was probably pretty obnoxious, heh. But I knew that bottled water was just such a terrible waste. My friend believed that if you drink the water and recycle the bottle, what’s the harm? I pointed out the processing behind creating the plastic, the fossil fuels used in the bottling process as well as transportation, and the energy required to recycle the bottle itself (which, frankly, the majority of people don’t bother doing.) She protested, saying that the bottled water just tasted better and besides, tap water is the same water that you use to flush the toilet! ew! (more…)