Congratulations to Anonymous who said
"We're going to get stainless water bottles for each family member...no more plastic!
And to Sarah who said
"Sarah said...I have also been using a Brita forever, in fact, it might be time to replace it :-) I always drink tap water and I like how the Brita seems to minimize the chlorinated taste of Ottawa water."
You're each getting Brita pitchers!
It has been estimated that it takes three litres of water to produce one litre of bottled water.
Worldwide, it takes an estimated 2.4 million metric tonnes of plastic to bottle water each year.
The price we pay per litre of bottled water is comparable to the price of gasoline.
All this, when if we merely turn on our taps, we have abundant, clean water available for pennies.
It's time to change our habits. The popularity of bottled water is, to be blunt, the biggest crock in the world, the most amazing snake oil ever sold, the most enormous triumph of marketing over common sense. There are so many reasons not to use bottled water - the price, the environmental impact, the sheer lunacy. But many people persist, because of the convenience or perhaps the belief that bottled water "tastes" better (despite the fact that some common bottled water brands are nothing more than municipal tap water).
Filter For Good. Realize that our bottled water habit is killing us. And consider changing your ways - by, for example, bringing your own water. Don't like the taste straight from the tap? Easy. Just go pick up a Brita filter, which will filter over 900 litres of water a year - the equivalent of 1,800+ 500 ml plastic bottles. Learn about their filter recycling program. And, if you're in Toronto, you can go down to Yonge-Dundas Square on April 22nd from 11am - 7:30 pm to hang out, play games, hydrate, watch David Usher, and take home a free Brita pitcher from Filter For Good while supplies last. Nice!
Not in Toronto? Pity. Then you'll just have to sign up for the giveaway here on ecochick. I have two of Brita's Limited Edition Green Pitchers to give away to you, dear readers. Just head on over to the Filter for Good website and tell me how you plan to change the way you drink water. Leave a comment by Wednesday, April 28 and don't forget to leave me your email addy as the recipients will be notified by e-mail. Canadian addresses only please. Good luck!