Today I want to show you a way you can help wildlife and save money, with just one simple change. Don’t believe me? Here’s all you need to do: start drinking tap water!
Take a water bottle with you rather than pay for bottled water. See? Easy.
You might be thinking: how on earth does this help me to save wildlife? Let’s talk about it, because I’m super excited to share this hack with you.
Drinking tap water helps you save wildlife
It’s true – every bottle you choose NOT to buy will help the environment and wildlife.
It is estimated that it takes over 500 years to completely break down one plastic bottle. If we make over 582 million litres of bottled water every year, and only 36% of them end up recycled… see the problem?
Sadly, discarded plastic bottles are choking Australia and the world, with plastic bottles having found their way into every ecosystem including our beautiful oceans.
So, making the decision to cut plastic water bottle use means less bottles in the ocean and other ecosystems.
Drinking tap water helps reduce landfill
Reducing landfill reduces greenhouse gases, which helps the Earth as a whole, including the wildlife species that live here. But greenhouse gases from bottled water are not only produced from landfill.
Producing and delivering a litre of bottled water can emit hundreds of times more greenhouse gases than a litre of tap water (Go Tap, June 2012).
Are you starting to think about giving up the bottle? So am I!
Drinking tap water saves money
We spend over half a billion dollars a year on bottled water (Go Tap, June 2012).
Why are we spending so much money on bottled water when we have a perfectly good supply of quality tap water here in Australia?
It’s silly that we don’t use tap water. With all the money you can save, imagine how much you can help wildlife by donating to a chosen wildlife charity of your choice?
Plus, paying for bottled water really adds up. While cheap bottles are only a few dollars each, those dollars quickly turn into hundreds with frequent purchasing.
Have I convinced you yet?
Sydney Tap has started an initiative to help make tap water more readily available to the community.
Their objective is to help the environment, to reduce the need to buy water in bottles, to encourage sustainability through using tap water, and to remind the community that tap water is much cheaper.
Sounds like a good initiative to me. Fingers crossed this will eventually span the whole of Australia.
Support this fantastic idea by helping them design some water bottles that can be reused, over and over and over! Tell your sustainability story through designing a funky-looking water bottle. Your bottle may even be showcased at the Powerhouse museum!