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The Problem with Plastics

Studies have shown that water and other beverages in plastic containers may not be safe or desirable. Chemicals in the plastics can leak out into the water. These chemicals may cause a variety of health problems such as cancers, an increased risk of miscarriage, and interference with the body’s hormonal system.

The manufacture of plastic bottles uses large amounts of energy and generates toxic pollutants. Plus, although these plastics may be recycled, millions of plastic bottles end up in landfills each year.

Metal Water Bottles Are a Better Choice

A healthy goal is to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. It’s still a good plan to carry water with you as you travel, play sports, or go to the gym. In this era of green practices, the new focus is on staying hydrated in the most eco-friendly way.

•    Instead of buying spring water, use filtered tap water.

•    Replace those plastic bottles with portable metal water bottles.

•    Aluminum bottles, such as those made by Sigg, are safe to use and can be reused repeatedly. They can also be recycled eventually

•    Stainless steel bottles, such as those made by Klean Kanteen, are easy to clean and maintain. They can also fit into bicycle water bottle cages.

There are many sources for buying the new metal water bottles. Look in health food and natural food markets. Check out camping and backpacking supply stores. Some coffee shops carry both hot and cold bottles. And, of course, there are many online sources.

As metal bottles become more popular, there are many new brands popping up. Be sure to choose bottles that have non-toxic and non-leaching liners. Metal bottles come in a wide variety of sizes, colors, and patterns. Ideally they should be both durable and lightweight. A wise consumer always researches brands and product quality before buying.

In Summary:

– Be certain that you are choosing a bottle that does not leach, check the recycling symbol on your bottle.

–  If it is a #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene), or a #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene), or a #5 PP (polypropylene), your bottle is fine.

–  The type of plastic bottle in which water is usually sold is usually a #1, and is only recommended for one time use. Do not refill it.

–  Better to use a reusable water bottle, and fill it with your own filtered water from home and keep these single-use bottles out of the landfill. Unfortunately, those fabulous colorful hard plastic lexan bottles made with polycarbonate plastics and identified by the #7 recycling symbol, may leach BPA.

Useful Tips

•    You can carry drinking water in those metal travel coffee mugs, also.

•    Recycle your old plastic Nalgene bottles.

•    Rinse your water bottles frequently and thoroughly.

•    Cut in lemon or lime slices for extra flavor.

•    Add electrolyte powder mixes for that sports drink boost.

•    Get a bottle that can clip on to your belt or tote for easy transport.

Thanks to Who’s green

what kind of bottles you use? share your views in the comments section below.

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When deciding to make your home more energy efficient and eco-friendly, many people forget about one of the most used rooms in their home – the bathroom. Since the bathroom is so frequently used on a daily basis, and it is where most of the water usage in the home comes from, it is probably an area that is causing you to pay the most money in terms of energy costs. However, it is never too late to make your bathroom as energy efficient as the rest of your home. Keep reading to find out how.

Pick Out Energy Efficient Fixtures:

Toilets: When creating a more energy efficient bathroom, it is useful to think over the kinds of fixtures you choose. Toilets are one of the biggest sources of water usage in the bathroom, especially older toilets. Whether it is a problem like a running toilet or too much water used per flush, older toilets will add to your water bill. There are various new toilets on the market now that are designed to conserve water. These toilets are made to use more suction and less water per flush. This means that more water is being conserved and less is being wasted. This is a great step to take when deciding to make your bathroom greener.

Bathtubs: Your bathtub is another fixture that could be causing you to use more energy than needed in your bathroom, and this is even more true for older bathtubs. Older bathtubs are typically made out of cast iron or steel, which is very cold to lay against when taking a bath. This causes people to raise the temperature of their bath water to make them feel warmer in the tub. Acrylic tubs are warmer to the touch and could help you reduce the amount of hot water you use in the bath. If you do decide to change your tub, you should consider hiring a professional bathroom remodelling company to help get the job done.

Showers: If water consumption is something you care about, you should assess the shower head you are currently using. So many shower heads use tonnes of water per 5 minutes of use. That is a lot of wasted water and a lot of money on your energy bills. A very good choice to make to help decrease your bathroom’s energy consumption is to buy and install a new shower head that uses less water per shower. These shower heads are low pressure and use tonnes less water per 5 minutes of showering which will significantly reduce your energy costs. Assess Your

Lighting Situation:

Energy Efficient Lightbulbs: Lighting is perhaps one of the easiest ways you can lower the amount of energy you consume in your bathroom. It doesn’t matter what kind of lighting system you have, it is as easy as changing the bulbs. Switching from regular bulbs to energy efficient light bulbs may cost a little bit more at first, but the money you save in the long run will far surpass the extra few dollars you spend now. Energy efficient bulbs use only a fraction of the electricity of regular bulbs and last up to 15 times longer. Another way to save some money is to add a dimmer to your new energy efficient bulbs. This way when the bathroom is being used for purposes such as taking a relaxing bath or shower, the lights can by dimmed since they are not needed so bright.

What Do Your Windows Look Like?:

New Windows: Another energy consuming culprit in your bathroom could be your windows, if there are any. There is a lot of moisture in bathrooms and this can cause damage to the windows and window frames over time. This can then lead to leaks of hot and cold air in and out of the bathroom from the window. This can also lead to a spike in your heating and cooling bills. If this is the case, and there is permanent damage to your windows that cannot be fixed, you may want to consider having a new bathroom window installed. Opt for an energy efficient window that will help regulate the temperature in the bathroom. You will find a decrease in your future energy bills for sure.

If you have any other ideas to make your bathroom more energy efficient, Please do share in the comments section below.

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