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  •  How much water to make plastics? (14+ / 0-)
    Individual Bottled Water

    This irony shouldn't be lost on anyone: it takes 1.85 gallons of water to manufacture the plastic for the bottle in the average commercial bottle of water.

    Curious about other products that require using water and how much?  Read more here:
    http://www.treehugger.com/...
    Where to being to quote how we waste water making products that we end up tossing away in the trash....
    The Hidden Water in Everyday Products

    http://gracelinks.org/...

    And I just grabbed the first two links in google.  Plastic products drive me into a spin when I begin to think about how we really screwed up when we thought we were so smart producing plastic products.  Don't get me started on bottled water or my biggest gripe, plastic packaging.  Plastic products that require petroleum.  That makes the Koch Bros. very happy.  

    Anyhow, this news from NASA is very disturbing.

    I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

    by KayCeSF on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 03:26:41 PM PDT

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    •  I reuse one gallon water bottles... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...and get my water from an over the counter kitchen filter which is good for a couple of thousand gallons. The filter is (of course) made of plastic but it more than pays off, in filtered water and plastic use, after a few months.

      A million Arcosantis.

      by Villabolo on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 03:58:53 PM PDT

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      •  Good for you! I invested in an under-sink filter, (4+ / 0-)

        it's metal and was a bit over my budget, but like you it has saved money in the long run even though every 6-8 mos. I need to replace filters, and I have found I never need plastic bottles.  I use stainless steel travel mugs and thermoses.  There just isn't any excuse for using bottled water anymore.  I always carry a little thermos in my car or handbag in case I need water when out and about and I can always fill it up at a water fountain.

        I do have some plastic bottled water in my pantry for emergency.  

        I try very hard to buy anything and everything in glass containers, even for food storage.  

        [Thank you very much, Tupperware for starting it all way-back-when.]

        I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

        by KayCeSF on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 04:18:19 PM PDT

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        •  I put my plastic water containers, (4+ / 0-)

          filled with water in a freezer for emergency use. The freezing eliminates the need for rotating or sterilizing the water (It does get germy after a couple of months at room temperature). The freezer will also stay cold longer, if the power goes out, when it's half filled with frozen water.

          A million Arcosantis.

          by Villabolo on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 05:27:29 PM PDT

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          •  OH! I never thought of doing that! (1+ / 0-)
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            Thank you!  I have a deep freeze in the garage that's empty.  What better place to put them!  Good advice, thanks again!

            I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

            by KayCeSF on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 07:57:39 PM PDT

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      •  I reuse those 64oz juice bottles (cran-whatever), (1+ / 0-)
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        fill with tap water (no filter), put 'em in the icebox for cold drinking water (and mixing other drinks); and keep a bunch in the freezer for use in the travel coolers, they also extend the 'cold' in case of power outages. Just the right size containers too.
        One or two juice brands use a quality, strong bottle (some are way too flimsy to resuse and have to handle).
        Trouble is I've built up a surplus of them filling a shelf in the pantry.

        "The church of life is not in a building, it is the open sky, the surrounding ocean, the beautiful soil"...George Helm, 1/1977

        by Bluefin on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 08:40:55 PM PDT

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    •  whatever happened to glass soda bottles (1+ / 0-)
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      you could pick up out of the barditches and turn in for a refund at the store? I used to double/triple my allowance during summers with an evening stroll along the highway...

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 10:05:46 PM PDT

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