I’ve been on my husband’s case for a while now about drinking truck loads of bottled water. He would claim that recycling avenged him of any sin. You know, because of the magic recycling fairy that removed the bags of plastic bottles out of our bin and magically breathed them into their new existence as plastic baseball bats (think of the kids!) or neon blue party wigs (think of the sorority sisters!).
And besides, my husband said, at least he recycles, some a-holes don’t even do that! One guy in his office refuses to recycle because he says that the energy used in recycling outweighs the benefits. (He also doesn’t believe in global warming – something about God just hugging us closer? wink, wink.) Despite my knee-jerk repugnance, I have to say, he did start me thinking. I had never really considered the environmental toll of the recycling process. There has to be factories, right? Lots of energy used? More chemicals spit out? Then I found out that plastic water bottle containers actually come from virgin plastic – all the plastic used is brand new.
Add in the increasing evidence that the toxic chemical BPA in plastic bottles has been linked to “abnormal penis development in males, earlier sexual development in females, increases in neurodevelopmental diseases such as ADHD and autism, increased child obesity, decreased sperm count, and more breast and prostate cancers.” Fun stuff. More at WebMD. This article claims the jury is still out on this topic. That’s fine. While the corruptable FDA (you know the one who approved the poisons known as Vioxx and Phen Phen) sorts out its corporate sponsorship and decides who it should represent, the plastic manufacturers or the people, I will be drinking my tap water in one of these bad boys from SIGG.
Just the coolest water bottles around. Made of metal, no BPAs. No plastic bags full of plastic bottles on my sidewalk. Surely, recycling is a noble cause, but lets not imagine that recycling hundreds of plastic bottles nominates us for environmentalist sainthood. Let’s snip the problem in the bud.
And in this economy, can you really afford a $20-$100 per month water habit? Not unless you’re a Wall Street Banker.
Photo: The Great Garbage Patch