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Sustainable Living: Bottled water’s environmental ills

by Shawn Dell Joyce

 

October 14, 2007

 

Many of us choose bottled water because we think it is the healthier choice.

 

Americans are the world’s leading consumers of bottled water, downing about 4 billion gallons per year in little plastic bottles. This is roughly equal to one 8-ounce bottle per person per day. While it certainly is healthier to drink water than soda, bottled water is actually very bad for the planet’s health.

 

There is much more to the ubiquitous water bottle than meets the lips. It actually takes three to five times more water to make and fill one plastic water bottle than the bottle contains. (Water is used in the production of the plastic in water bottles, then also to rinse those bottles.) If you add to that the average energy cost of making the plastic, filling the bottle, transporting it to market and then processing the empty bottle, you begin to see the hidden environmental costs.

 

“It would be like filling up a quarter of every (water) bottle with oil,” says Peter Gleik, a water policy expert and director at the Oakland, Calif.-based Pacific Institute, which studies “real life solutions to water crises.”

 

WATER BOTTLES, like other plastic containers, are made from natural gas and petroleum, which are both nonrenewable resources. More than 1.5 million tons of plastic are used to produce PET, the plastic in water bottles. The manufacturing processes that produce PET cause serious emissions, affecting both the environment and human health. The Pacific Institute calculates that the process of making the plastic bottles consumed in the U.S. uses approximately 17 million barrels of oil per year.

 

Instead of being made into bottles, that oil could fuel more than 100,000 cars. Once the plastic bottle is manufactured and filled with water, it has to be transported, using diesel trucks, ships or airfreight to reach our thirsty lips…” 

 

Shawn Dell Joyce is a sustainable artist and activist from Montgomery. She is the founder of the Wallkill River School, combining plein-air painting with environmental activism. Visit http://www.recordonline.com/earth for more of her articles. 

 

What a waste of precious resources…We have only one home; Earth. Let’s leave our children an earth that is beautiful and well-cared for.

 

More next time-Take care, & Live Green-Donna

 

P.S.Let’s become eco-friendly. Visit www.be-alkaline.com and www.be-alkaline.net -request your free e-book and newsletter to find out how you can have the best water on the planet and you make it in your own home. No more plastic bottles. For more information and research, write to Donna@be-alkaline.com and ask for further information.

 

 

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It’s Earth Day, Folks. A very appropriate day for a Sunday. If you want your voice heard, go to http://www.stopglobalwarming.org/sgw_join.asp and join the Stop Global Warming Virtual March and the other 726,125 supporters . Receive updates on what’s going on around the globe and become part of the movement to demand our leaders freeze and reduce carbon dioxide emissions now. At this point and time, there is nothing more important for our future, the future of our children, and the future of many animals that are facing extinction. Then you can go to  http://www.stopglobalwarming.org/sgw_learnmore.asp to learn more. Get your whole family invoved, and LIVE GREEN!

Have a great day,

Donna

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This post is dedicated to the upcoming Earth Day tomorrow, April 22nd. I can’t help but put a little spiritual slant to my post since I’m a minister. I’m not going to preach to you; however, in order to truly Live in Joy on this beautiful planet we all call home, our home has to be the best we can possibly help to make it. Why?

Remember the scripture in Genesis 2:15, says.”Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to cultivate and keep it.”

That word “keep” in Hebrew is a very special word. It means to care for something so gently and completely. It means to make sure that no harm comes to it, to cherish it as a mother for her baby. That was the command that God gave to man. That was man’s responsibility, which is now our responsibility collectively.

Let’s all take notice of the things that are happening to our “home” which is the only one we have, and do what we can to “keep it.” What we do to the earth, we do to ourselves. Let’s make sure we do our part and give our children, grandchildren, and future generations to come a beautiful, safe, healthy world in which to live and enjoy life as we have had the privilege of doing.

We can stop Global Warming or at least slow it down so we have a chance to make things better and keep the earth beautiful; however, we can only make a difference by working together and making changes NOW. As one little girl said at the end of 20/20 last night hosted by Diane Sawyer, “Be nice to the earth.” She couldn’t have said it any better. As the scriptures tell us, “And a child shall lead them.”

God bless you,
Pastor Donna

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Did you tune in to Good Morning America this morning? Can you imagine that the estimate of the garbage we’ll leave behind-each of us-is 60 tons? What we take from Mother Earth and what we leave behind for her to cope with is unbelievable.

We each use the equivalent of 411 trees worth of paper goods in our lifetime. One of the biggest culprits is paper cups. We waste 3 gallons of water or more each time we brush our teeth. The list of precious natural resources we individually consume goes on and on.

We use these resources and at the same time we’re affecting wildlife around the world. Just as one example, the little South African Penguins used to number 1,000,000. Now they’re under 100,000. More and more animals that depend on us to protect the environment for them are becoming extinct. They can’t protect themselves. Only we can!

Sunday is the official Earth Day. Consider what is done in your home, and see what changes you can make in your household to be environmentally friendly/responsible. Make it fun. It’s not that hard to conserve. It’s not hard to reycle. I understand that at www.walmart.com/green, Walmart even has organic, recycled products to buy. So many websites are offering suggestions. The only thing, most recommend the CFL’s for light bulbs. If you use them, BE CAREFUL! See my blog of April 19th for more information, please. It’s a debatable subject. Still, be careful.

More this week-end…Live Green

Love and peace, Donna

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Warning given! This information is something that was just e-mailed to me. As a mother and grandmother, I find it imperative to make others aware it. Compact fluorescent Lamps are energy saving, and we are all interested about doing that; HOWEVER, and that’s a BIG however, it has been pointed out that they can be hazardous to your health and home if broken in your home.

The spirally shaped CFL’s are being promoted for replacing the “Edison” incandescent bulb that we have all been using for many years. When an “Edison” bulb needs to be replaced, we simply discard it in our garbage. If one gets broken, we vacuum or sweep up the broken glass and throw it away without worrying about safety except to make sure the glass is well contained so no one gets cut.

HOWEVER, what do we do with the CFL’s if they get broken in your home, office, school, etc., or how do you simply dispose of them when they burn out? Can we simply dispose of them the same way we have disposed of incandescent light bulbs?

The article with a very timely story that was sent to me was written by Joseph Farah of the WorldNetDaily. The article brings to our attention and makes us aware of the potential dangers that Compact Fluorescent Lamps, or CFL’s,  may pose to us and our families. As a mother and grandmother, I was very appreciative of knowing about this information, and I thank Mr. Farah for writing about this subject. 

To summarize: According to the Ellsworth American , Brandy Bridges of Maine, an obviously environmentally concerned mother, purchased CFL’s for her home and installed them in her home. One was installed in her 7 year old daughter’s bedroom. As it happened, the CFL broke and shattered on the shag carpet. The package had disposal warnings, so she called the store where they were purchased and was told not to vacuum which would have spread the pollutant, mercury powder. They directed her to the poison control hot-line in her area and was eventually directed to the state’s environmental protection agency.  The latter tested the air in her house for mercury levels. “While the rest of the house was clear, the area of the accident was contaminated above the level considered safe.”

Bridges was warned not to clean up the bulb and mercury powder by herself. They recommended a local environmental cleanup firm at a cost of at least $2,000.00 which would not be covered by insurance. Not being able to cover the cost, her daughter’s room remains unusable and is sealed off in plastic resembling a “hazardous materials accident” to avoid the contaminated material from getting out of the room. 

Can you imagine the stress this family has gone through simply for trying to be environmentally responsible? Other people have had similar experiences. What are we to do with these bulbs? Whatever you do, don’t break one in your home. Mercury is a hazardous substance. This is a subject that every parent must be aware of.  At present there is no uniform way to get rid of this hazardous waste material even if the bulbs simply burn out and are unusable. There is no protection for the garbage collectors who may handle these bulbs or any surefire protection from air and water pollution from these bulbs. There are alternatives for energy conservation and ways to limit emitting CO2’s in the environment without having to use these CFL spiral bulbs at present. 

 One, you can get solar. Check out the bottom of most of my posts to find out how you can get solar for NO investment in a system, installation, or maintenance. Solar is not a dream for your future homes, it can be reality for your home now. Go to www.fuelnews.info to find out more info. Using solar energy just makes sense. It’s clean, abundant energy.

Two, there is an affordable energy saving device for your home where you can save up to 25% on your electricity bills and get an energy tax credit for the purchase. It, also, lowers your EMF’s which has been called the silent health hazard. Go to http://www.skudabeck.myfti.biz , click on Products, and then click on XFactor and EMF Filter in the sidebar. Call my husband, Stephen, at the number on the opening web page for more information.  Discover how you can use the “Edison” incandescent bulbs, still save money on your electric bills, and conserve energy without having a potential mercury health hazard in your home and around your children.

Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow to watch ABC TV’s Global Warming specials starting with Good Morning America and continuing on the ABC evening news, and 20/20-Planet Earth 2007. Check your local listings for time and station.

God bless; Live Green, Donna

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“Change or Lose Your Home-Earth”. That’s one of the titles for shows airing on ABC TV this Friday, April 20th. Be sure to tune in to watch and learn how Global Warming is affecting your home-the only one we have-and how we can all do our part to help stop being part of the problem and be a part of the solution in protecting the environment. Check your local listings for the schedule in your area of Good Morning America, ABC Nightly News, and 20/20-Planet Earth-2007, and watch it with your family. 

Have a great evening.

Live Green,  Donna

Adopt solar: At www.fuelnews.info ,  view a great little video narrated by Actors Ed Begley, Jr.  and Morgan Freeman, and sign on for  Solar Energy for your home’s electricity needs today with NO  systems $ investment. Call us at 501-624-7500 for more information or questions. Please leave a message as to the best time to get back with you since we may be on the phone with someone else. We look forward to talking with you. You can start to Live Green for no cost to you.

 

“The sun can produce all the energy in one hour that the world needs for an entire year. Adopting Solar Energy just makes sense. It’s safe and smart. YOU really can make a difference in the life of future generations.”

“What we do to the planet, we do to ourselves.”

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Email Stephen & Donna at: adoptsolar@gmail.com

 

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There is so much support this month for getting the word out about the environment. Have you seen the slide show on www.msn.com showing  locations around the globe affected by global warming? One shows polar bears hanging on to what almost looks like a giant ice scupture in the ocean. There is no other ice anywhere in the vast waters around this piece of ice the polar bear are clinging to. It is heart rending.

My husband was discussing this same slide show with a lady standing in line at the post office. She, too, saw it and said she shed tears for the situation.  Other pictures show Mt. Kilimanjaro almost totally without snow and ice. Go to the site and see the all pictures yourself. Only if you see them yourself will you appreciate the magnitude of the situation.

Amazingly there are 78,000 people in the US alone over the age of 100.  Longevity is something that everyone is seeking. Imagine, though, if you will, what that means for our children and grandchildren. What will their future be like if we don’t do something NOW? “If” they live to be 100, they will live into the 22nd century, past 2100, which is the year experts say, if we don’t do something now, the environment could reach a point of absolute dire circumstances.

By the way, mark your calendar for for this coming Friday and tune into ABC TV. From Good Morning America to 20/20, TV shows will be focusing, gratefully, on the issue of Global Warming and what we can do for the environment and our home, Planet Earth.

More tomorrow…..Live Green…

God bless, Donna

Adopt solar: At www.fuelnews.info ,  view a great little video narrated by Actors Ed Begley, Jr.  and Morgan Freeman, and sign on for  Solar Energy for your home’s electricity needs today with NO  systems $ investment. Call us at 501-624-7500 for more information or questions. Please leave a message as to the best time to get back with you since we may be on the phone with someone else. We look forward to talking with you. You can start to Live Green for no cost to you.

 

“The sun can produce all the energy in one hour that the world needs for an entire year. Adopting Solar Energy just makes sense. It’s safe and smart. YOU really can make a difference in the life of future generations.”

“What we do to the planet, we do to ourselves.”

www.fuelnews.info

Email Stephen & Donna at: adoptsolar@gmail.com

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