‘Oh no! It’s absolutely pouring!’
‘I’ve just hung out my washing!’ (Yes, some of us in the UK still do that!)
‘I’ll get soaked, just walking to the car!’
It’s a UK habit.
We love to moan about our weather, especially the rain.
I want to shout, ‘For goodness sake! It’s not life threatening! It’s only water!’
Lack of water, and lack of clean water is life-threatening.
I read this yesterday and I was shocked:
Please make the time to go over to this site and read more about the world’s water problem. You’ll be shocked too.
Today, Friday October 15th, is Blog Action Day.
The world’s bloggers from 125 countries are joining forces and blogging about the same issue on the same day, to promote discussion and action by as many people as possible.
This year’s issue is Water.
When I read about the world’s serious water problems I wondered how I could possibly help when the problem is so huge.
It’s easy to say, ‘How can I make a difference?’ and leave it to the ‘powers that be.’
But the more I thought about it, the more it dawned on me, that if everyone thought that way, no major changes would ever happen.
By joining in with all the thousands of bloggers world-wide and posting about the water problem on the same day, at least I’m doing something, however small.
In this ‘Positive Spin’ post for B.A.D. 2010, I will write about the problem of bottled water addiction.
I don’t understand why a bottle of water (the ‘correct’ brand, naturally, or should I say, un-naturally?) has become a fashion accessory.
Bottled ‘fresh air’?
It’s become an addiction.
I wish someone would explain it to me…
Every time I see someone carrying their wretched plastic icon, I want to go up to them and say,
‘Are you dehydrated? It’s not even warm today. Are you about to collapse from thirst?’
But of course I don’t, I simply glare and walk on by.
According to an article on the site above, one third of bottled water comes from exactly the same source as tap water. In fact, the ‘Big Three’ water bottlers in the US use municipal water as the basis for their product, selling it back to us at hundreds of times the cost.
And the majority of the plastic bottles cannot be re-cycled…
Silly, isn’t it.
Here’s How YOU Can Help Solve a Huge Problem.
Drink your water from the tap.
If you don’t like the taste, use a simple water filter.
I find tap water tastes much better with some lemon or lime slices in, and perhaps some ice.
If you must carry water with you, re-use a bottle and fill it with tap water or from your jug in the fridge.
If you do buy water in a bottle, check the bottle can be recycled.
Read about the world-wide water problem and look for simple ways that you can make a difference.
And finally…Ditch your addiction!
‘The jug fills, drop by drop.
What will you do to help with this huge water problem?
There are lots of ideas on the site I linked to above.
What do you think about our addiction to bottled water?
Do tell us in the comments.
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Header image courtesy of cursedthing.
- Is Tap Water Really Bad For You? (brighthub.com)