Simple Pleasure #62: Klean Kanteens
Best thing ever. I love my kanteen. I literally take it everywhere. I should work for them… I tell everyone to buy one of these darn bottles. I give them to clients, family, and friends as gifts (and also to encourage more water consumption) and I have to say that I have not purchased water in a plastic bottle (maybe just a couple) since 2008! Here is some info on plastic bottles that I got off the Klean Kanteen website – pretty interesting:
“When it doesn’t end up in our landfills, most plastic eventually makes its way to our oceans, where each year millions of fish, birds, and other animals die from plastic because they eat it or they get caught in it. The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that more than 13,000 pieces of plastic litter are floating in every square kilometer of the ocean worldwide. The Surfrider Foundation estimates that more than half of the litter on beaches is plastic. Many researchers and environmental organizations now list plastic as the number one threat to our marine environments around the planet. In addition, chemicals in some plastics have been linked by researchers to a laundry list of diseases, including breast cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, liver abnormalities, and prostate cancer. It can seem a little overwhelming.” – kleankanteen.com
Wow. Really? And we contribute to this. We are guilty of the destruction of our home. Check this out, a quarter of a bottle of oil is required for every single water bottle that is produced. The industry uses more than 17 million barrels of oil each year simply to produce plastic water bottles!!! Coming from a country interested in reducing its oil dependence it makes sense to stop using plastic water bottles. In my search to find what the difference is using a stainless steel water bottle vs plastic, I found that an average american uses 168 plastic bottles a year!!!! Or how about this one… one plastic water bottle takes 700 – 1000 years to decompose. Yikes.
Switching to a reusable bottle seems like a no brainer to me. It’s safer, cleaner, and more environmentally friendly… plus there are so many fun ones to choose from. So what are you waiting for?