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Did you know that the lifecycle energy cost of a bottle of water is equivalent to filling up a quarter of each disposable bottle with oil? Why produce nearly a million tons of plastic to cart billions of gallons of water all over the country when clean, virtually free water flows right into our homes? (And if you say it’s because of taste or other aesthetic issue, there are a variety of filters that can assist you in fixing those challenges—a much more eco- and wallet-friendly solution than buying disposable bottles of water.)

It’s time to take a real stand and pledge to Break Your Bottled Water Habit for good. Over 14,000 of you pledged to give it up for a month and reduced 46,000 pounds of carbon emissions in the process. We can do better than that. Pledge to give it up for a year and reduce your carbon footprint by 40.8 pounds this year.* Imagine if 20,000 of you make that same pledge.

From now through October 30, take the pledge to Break the Bottled Water Habit, and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Doing so can put you in the running to win some very eco-friendly, water-themed prizes: first prize is a Live, Learn, Experience package that includes a trip to Glacier National Park from our friends at Brighter Planet; second prize is a water filtration package from Wellness Enterprises, and third prize is a very cool self-filtering reusable bottle also by Wellness Enterprises.

Need more reasons to Break the Bottled Water Habit? Check out our top five reasons to break the habit, and then our top five ways to do so.
*Based upon bottles shipped 500 miles.

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chinchillama
Aug. 13th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you posted this, Adam and I have been working on convincing everyone we know to give up bottled water!
tenthz
Aug. 13th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Feel free to take the content and re-post as long as you mention the website it is from: http://www.newdream.org/
sillyliss
Aug. 13th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
What about Culligan water?

I am drinking Culligan water out of a little plastic cup right now. I use the cup for a week, then I start over. Because I don't like washing dishes in the bathroom at work.
tenthz
Aug. 13th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
I think that is okay. Recycle the cup when you are done! Or, bring a cup from home on Monday, and bring it home on Friday and put it in the dishwasher.
sillyliss
Aug. 13th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
I have a cup from home. We don't use the dishwasher. Because of the electricity it uses in addition to the water.
mountainheather
Aug. 13th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
Because e coli was found in three towns nearby's drinking water over the past week or two. ;)
zebulen
Aug. 13th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
I understand the motive behind this campaign and I support it, but there are nuances to the issue. Whenever we purchase a bottle of water (not often), it is because we are away from home, thirsty, and don't want to drink soda. And then we bring the bottle back home, and refill it with filtered tap for the next trip. I think that the mass consumption of bottled soda (which contains water) is a bigger problem.

Edited at 2008-08-13 08:26 pm (UTC)
tenthz
Aug. 13th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I try to make a point of not going anywhere without a (reusable) bottle of water with me to avoid it as much as possible. I don't think this campaign is going to cause water-bottlers to slow production, but I do think it is important for people to be aware of their consumption on a daily basis. I'm not big on calculating carbon footprints, but I do think there is a point where it is easy to cut back on the amount of waste you produce.
elyse
Aug. 13th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
I kicked the habit recently - I picked up a fake Nalgene at Target, and I carry it with me just about everywhere I go :)
tenthz
Aug. 13th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
YAYYAYAYAYAY! *high fives*
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