Eco-challenge #2: I'm on a roll
Week two of the MightyNest Eco-challenge is over and I'm happy to say…I’m on a roll!
Doing away with disposable water bottles this week was a whole lot easier than I thought it would be. Sure, I had a few oops moments (which I’ll get to in a sec) but I didn’t buy one single water bottle! This is a vast improvement from my normal 10-12 bottles per week. Given Americans throw away more than 60 million plastic water bottles every day – one dozen less from one family in one week is a pretty good start.
Now that I’ve given myself a big pat on the back – I’ll tell you where I went wrong. Unfortunately, both of my boys are sick and have been up all night long coughing and wheezing. (no, it’s not the swine flu but if I had a dime…) Twice last week at around 4:30am-ish, my 2-year old little sicky woke up in a violent coughing fit and both times the only thing in the vicinity was a disposable water bottle. Yes, I let him drink and no, I don’t feel the least bit bad about that. Frankly, I would have let the kid drink out of a muddy river if it would have made it all better.
Other than those two minor blips, we stayed on course. And the best part is I can honestly say I didn't miss my little precious disposables one bit. In fact, it was refreshing to not see them littered all over the house.
Here are a few other things I learned this week…
BPA isn’t always the culprit: Turns out disposable plastic water bottles DO NOT contain BPA afterall. (see – I AM eco-challenged!) BUT that doesn’t mean they’re good for you. There are other chemicals present in disposable water bottles that can leach into your water.
In hot water – Heat accelerates the leaching process making it a no-no to wash/re-use use disposables or drink from one that has been in a hot car all day. This was an eye-opener for me because I do both of these things all the time…or used to.
Stick with stainless: Even re-usable water bottles can pose problems as some plastic and aluminum bottles have been proven to contain BPA. At the end of the day, your best bet is to stick with stainless steel. Can’t go wrong.
Speaking of... I highly recommend the Klean Kanteen 18 oz sport top – my trusty companion for this week’s challenge. Solid but not too heavy. Easy to carry in my purse or backpack.
So...is this a change I can realistically incorporate into my daily life?
MightyNest Eco-challenge Reality Check Rating:
5 stars: SOLD! Where do I sign?
4 stars: Love it. I think I can pull this one off.
3 stars: Not quite sure, but can’t wait to try.
2 stars: Probably not gonna happen.
1 star: I’ll pass.
Be sure to check back later today for the announcement of MightyNest Eco-challenge #3!