Going Green - We have all heard the expression. Now, lets talk about recycling ... do you recycle?

The Facts

Well, statistics show that in the United States alone, over 30 billion units of bottled water will be purchased this year. Of that 35 billion, it is estimated that 80 percent of those bottles will be just thrown away and not recycled. Let me ask you again, do you recycle? If you do, why are the non recycled bottle numbers so high?

Here in Canada, we have curbside recycling programs in effect. I have to admit, at first, I wasn't very keen on the idea of the $12.00/month increase in our garbage fees - but in the end, I am quite happy with the increase as the proof is in front of us.

On average, my family was throwing out 5 bags of garbage a week. Now we are down to 2 at the most. With this recycling program, you may throw any recyclable product in to the bin and they will take it away. We also must pay a deposit on each and every bottle/drinking product and if you return the bottle to the recycling depot, you will receive the full deposit back. With this implementation, Canada as a whole has reduced the the amounts of of thrown out bottles by 60 percent.

Bottle Bills

Bottle Bills(also known as container deposit laws) are very much increasing in the United States. With this legislation, persons will receive the deposit they paid on the bottle purchase back when they bring it to their local bottle recycling centre. Please remember, you can only receive the deposit monies back in the same state you purchased the product in. The only problem, there isn't enough of them. Citizens must get up and make a stand. Present the idea to your local government/city official's office to voice your concerns. It is because of the lack of recycling depots in each area, that the wasted water bottle percent is so high.

The water bottle drinking fad has been an issue for about 10 years now. Now, bottled water companies are even marketing their product saying that it is recommended you drink 8 bottles of water a day. In all truth, it is recommended you drink 8 - 8 ounce glasses of water a day, the 8 x 8 rule. This is actually not medically proven, as it does depend on each individuals medical history and current health concerns. Well, if the water bottle companies are advising to drink 8 bottles a day, that's a total of 8 x 16oz(the average size bottle). With seeing all the bottles that are recommended and if on average 50 percent of the adults follow this rule - you now see why over 20 million bottles are going to the landfills each year.

Reusable Water Bottles

Why do we need the purchased water bottles? There are so many other options out there. Why not use a refillable container? The water bottles in the stores claim to have either spring water or reverse osmosis water - but why not just use tap water. If you as a an individual prefer either of the other choices of water, why not purchase a water cooler and use the 5 gallon bottles to keep refilling the reusable water bottles?

If we all use the refillable containers, that is 20 billion water bottles staying out of the landfills each year. That is a lot of water bottles after just 5 years. We as a society have to do what we can to make this world a better place and if stopping the amount of water bottles is our first step - I consider that a giant leap. The amount of greenhouse gases will be reduced just by not having the water bottles being produced.

Reusable water bottles are now becoming more and more popular. Each day I see more people using them and to them I say, Thank You. We have to work together to make these changes to ensure our future looks better for our children and our children's children.

Kleen Kanteens

Kleen Kanteen is a company that makes reusable water bottle products. They make them for all lifestyles and for all people.

  • They are available in many colors, sizes and the are all BPA(Bisphenol A) free.
  • All their products are made with stainless steel, rounded edges and rounded threads - which does not allow for any bacteria build up in the threads or the caps.
  • Large mouth openings - makes them very easy to clean in either a dishwasher or with a bottle brush
  • Caps have stainless steel on the inside so no plastic touches the liquid
  • Stainless steel is food grade - there will never be the transfer of flavors in any of your drinks like aluminum does

You have so many different options for reusable containers. Purchase one for each person in your family. A good quality on like the Kleen Kanteen products will run you on average of $15.00 per bottle, but when you think about it in the long run, that is only the cost of 15 bottles of water you would have purchased anyway.