So what are you doing for earth day?!?! This was a question I pondered for a bit over the last few weeks. I knew I should do something, take a step to make a small change. So a considered a few things. While I would love to plant a tree, I don't' have a yard so that's not really an option. So I did some 'looking' at the areas of my life where I fail to live 'greenly', and I came up with two big ones that are really 'everyday' things. 1) I don't use re-usable shopping bags 2) I carry bottled water to the office everyday (yes of course I recycle the bottles but that's just not enough anymore). Both of these things are basically because I've put off the purchases of re-usable shopping bags and re-usable (and safe) water bottles because I've been doing 'research'. So that was my goal for today, purchase at least one of the two aforementioned items. This wasn't an easy task, I spent a lot of time looking at different varieties of each and deciding what would work best for me. I've decided to postpone the purchase of re-usable bags, for reasons I won't go into but it includes the fact that they would make great 'green' wrapping paper. However thanks to greenmomfinds I found some really cute ones that I will probably eventually purchase. http://www.prettygreenbag.com/shop/index.php and http://www.skeeda.com/bags.html. Both have fun and stylish bags that don't say things about how "I'm better than you because I re-use my shopping bag." I try to maintain a non-judgmental stance on the issue and don't want a bag that is pretentious. I do what I do because I want to and it works for me, you have to figure out what works for you.
So that means I'm buying a re-usable water bottle today.
The water bottle search has been going on for quite sometime, basically since I've been pregnant. Being pregnant means drinking 2L of water a day and I knew that wasn't going to be easy. It also means I am more concerned about finding a safe water bottle without BPA and many of the ones I saw locally were made of the wrong types of plastic. So I took the search up online. A couple places helped in my search none of which I can remember off hand (Update: I found one of my sources) but here is my pick: Sigg Traveler Classic Water Bottle (1.0-Liters). Its metal, so the plastic isn't an issue, it's a 1L bottle which is important to me because that's the size I carry to work. While they are dishwasher safe they recommend hand washing with a brush because of the narrow neck (I don't have a dishwasher I have a Sean.) Additionally, this bottle consistently got high reviews among bloggers. I could get it through Amazon so I bought two and got free shipping (you are thinking one for me and one for Sean, nope both for me! He is welcome to use them if he wants to but since he has access to filtered water at work he doesn't really need it).
On to filling the bottle: NYC water is rated among the cleanest but the chemical smell and taste of chlorine is way too much for my sensitive taste buds (especially if it's sitting for any length of time). We have Pur water filter on our tap that we purchased around the time I found out I was pregnant and I love it, no nasty smell or taste.
So that's what I did for earth day. We will not have to buy multipacks of 1L bottled Poland Spring water from BJ's anymore. Sorry BJ's, but you deserve less money for not efficently organizing your check-out lines in my store!!
Readers: follow Elaines example and tell me about something you do to live more 'greenly', or something you would like to start doing. Maybe we can all learn from each other!!