Tap water instead of bottles = 23 trees
Avoid buying superfluous things as bottled water. Drinking water arrives already in (almost) all the houses, there is no need to go and buy in the supermarket. A plastic bottle of 50cl, to be produced, filled, transported and disposed, causes the emission of about 150g of CO2. Using four bottles a day will cause the emission of more than 230kg of CO2 per year. But this impact can be reduced to (almost) zero simply by opening the tap at home. Equivalent to planting 23 trees.
Increase consumption often means increasing the waste. and actually the word “consumer” has within it the concept of waste.
For reducing our impact on the planet we must use things instead of consuming them. We must therefore consume less. It’s trivial but it seems almost a heresy, now that increasing consumption seems the only dogma. And there’s a difference in consumption. Some of these do not bring real benefits, others can be avoided with equal performance. These must be avoided if we want to preserve our planet. Not everything that increases the Gross Domestic Product (the much idolized GDP) is necessarily positive: a congested road brings increased fuel consumption and increases the GDP, but it can hardly be considered a good thing. Also buying plastic bottles increases the GDP, but it creates waste, turns thousands of trucks on the roads creating traffic and pollution.
Not considering how much more comfortable is the tap water, and the and fatigue that spares us….
And it is even more controlled than bottled, and perhaps the most good. But if the taste of the water in your home is probably not satisfactory is because of the chlorine. There are lots of filter jug that totally eliminate it.
And if you want bubbles, there are many “Carbonators” or soda maker, that add all the bubbles that you want.
But of course bottles are not the only problem: there are many things that you can avoid without lowering your standard of living. Let’s avoid We avoid buying “things”, unless we are not sure of their usefulness. When we want to or we “have to” make a gift and we have no better ideas, it’s important to give at least something not bad for the planet… Better an immaterial gift such as a night at the movies, theater or at the spa. At least, If it will not be used, it will not will inflate the landfills … .Did you liked a movie? Give two tickets for it! Or two tickets to a concert. And if you have no specific ideas, you can leave the choice to the person… through smartbox.
And then you have to take advantage of electronics and technology… No need to print out the email as you can keep on your PC or on your smartphone. No need to go to the library, you can search for books on the Internet and read them on e-books. And read newspaper on tablet!
We are not in the era of things but in the era of the experience !!!