Sustainability tip #18

No more plastic bottled water.

Reusable Water Bottles

There are many problems with buying plastic bottled water: polluting plastic manufacturing, contaminating landfills and oceans, expensive, transporting water wastes fuel, and lugging gallons of it around is taxing on our lumbar spine and joints.

In the USA, a simple and economical way to get filtered water is a Brita Elite Replacement Filters (Disclosure: I have no financial interest with Brita).

Each filter can filter up to 120 gallons of water. Drinking 8 cups of water daily equals 2 quarts or half a gallon per day. If there are two people in your household, estimate 1 gallon per day at a minimum. This requires more frequent filter changes. Filtering one gallon per day means replacing the filter every 4 months. If you also use filtered water for cooking, you are using even more. To increase accuracy, you could do a one-week experiment, measuring the amount of filtered water used by filling a measured container first and keeping a tally. More frequent filter changes are recommended if you live in a hard water area. Relying on taste alone is not enough.

Another bonus with these filters is no water waste compared with reverse osmosis (RO). RO can waste up to 5 gallons of water for every gallon purified.

Brita filters are now rated to remove the ‘forever chemicals”: per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PUFA). I recommend you contact your water district to get a list of the contaminates in your water. Water districts do treat your tap water. Our water district measures for many contaminates, including PUFA and Arsenic. If you depend on well water, it can be independently tested. Fortunately, as per our water district, our tap water does not contain any PUFA or Arsenic.

With this system, you can easily fill in the water bottle size of your choice. Filtering your water has its benefits. You know the water had been purified, whereas purchased plastic bottled water can be fraudulent. Some contain just tap water.

For performance and with NSF certification, Brita Elite filters provides an economical and convenient water purification system. Here is an NSF link to assist in finding a filter that works for your area.

Another sustainable plus is Brita recycles these filters. When you accumulate 5 pounds of filters, they will send you a return label

On a larger scale, many airports, hotels, and city streets have drinking water filters. With the drought situation in California and Texas, some cities have mega-filters that recycle sewer water safe to drink.

On the preventive end, put a stop to how humans cause the pollution of waterways – industrial chemical effluence, farm pesticides, landfill runoff (batteries, paint and paint thinners, gasoline. There are many things we can do to lower this risk personally. Use rechargeable batteries, and ensure hazardous waste is disposed of properly – at hazardous waste sites (google it for your local programs). Use biodegradable, chemical-free products as much as possible.

Bring our reusable bottles to do our part to protect the earth’s water

Ref:,20.1%25%20removed%20by%20filtration). Comment – I doubt the improved Brita Elite Filter was used in this report. The Brita Elite/Longlast was introduced in Mar 2017.

Life Without Plastic: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthyby Jay Sinha and Chantal Plamondon

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