"The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention."
-- John Burroughs --
This photo was taken by me in Nags Head, North Carolina. July, 2010.
A lot of people look at being eco-friendly as an overwhelming task, as something that they cannot personally make a difference with. But in reality, every small change you make does make a difference. If after reading this blog, you throw your plastic water bottle into a recycling bin instead of a garbage can, you made a difference. Keeping the environment clean and healthy is such a large problem that every little step counts and chips away at the bigger problem at hand. This week I would like to share with you one small change that you can implement in your life that will make a difference.
Let's talk more about that water bottle. Or soda bottle. Or Gatorade bottle. Or whatever type of bottle you use. Most people don't think twice about throwing those bottles away, but throwing them into a trash can is doing a lot of damage. The facts vary, but some sites say that it can take up to 450 years for one plastic bottle to decompose.
The ideal change to make is to invest in a reusable bottle that you can fill and reuse instead of buying a new plastic bottle everyday. On Wal-Mart's website, there are 121 results when you type water bottle, ranging in price from $5 to $38, with many different styles and colors from which to choose. Buying one of these reusable bottles is a good investment for you and for the environment. They are easy to refill and easy to take anywhere. As for the environmental impact, for a person that drinks 2 bottles of water a day, that would be 2 less plastic bottles used and thrown away per day, or 730 per year. Just think: 730 less plastic bottles that will be sitting in a landfill just from one person who drinks 2 bottles of water a day. That is a big impact.
Of course, in reality, we all need to buy bottles sometimes. When you find yourself in that situation, make sure you recycle the bottle instead of throwing it into a trash can.