Welcome back to my blog! Today I’m going to share with you surprising reasons why bottled water is trash and other money saving eco-friendly hacks without leaving your home!
Do you believe that zero waste is expensive, time consuming, and involves changing your life completely? Keep reading whilst I show you how zero waste can save you money, be simple and easy to follow.
Do you want to learn more tips and tricks? Read Money saving zero waste habits to start now!
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Say Goodbye To Bottled Water
How do you drink your water? Is it from the tap or do you buy bottled water? Not only is tap water cheaper than bottled water but it is more environmentally friendly. In fact most bottled water is basically bottled tap water with a price tag! Tap water in the United States and United Kingdom is regularly tested and regulated to ensure that it is safe! Food And Water Watch advise that tap water in the United States is tested more efficiently than bottled water.
Bottled water and micro plastics
Micro plastics are very small pieces of plastic which have usually broken down over time. A global study was carried out in 2018 to test whether bottled water contained micro plastics. In 9 different countries it was found that 93% of the bottled water contained some signs of micro plastics; which was double the amount that is found in tap water. Micro plastics fall under the same category of endocrine-disrupting chemicals; these affect the metabolism of humans and animals, reproduction and other factors.
Bottled water and the environment
Bottled water is worse than tap water for its affect on the environment. A study was carried out on the processing, refrigeration, transportation and disposal associated with bottled water. This showed that bottled water caused greater affect on the environment than tap water.
Bottled water and plastic pollution
Bottled water contributes to plastic pollution. According to Container Recycling Institute 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown away daily in the United States. In 2016 it was found that during the process of bottling water in the United States 4 billion pounds of plastic was used. In order to produce this amount of plastic this would be equal to approximately 64 million barrels of oil.
In the progress of cleaning tap water so it is safe for the public to consume. The chemicals used will have an affect on the environment. Tests carried out showed that this affected the environment less than the production of bottled water. So we can see that tap water is all round better for the environment than bottled water.
Bottled water and your wallet
Bottled water carries a hefty price tag compared to tap water. According to the International Bottled Water Association in 2013 bottled water cost $1.21 (£1.00) per gallon. This sounds very cheap, but according to Environmental Protection Agency tap water cost $2 (£1.65) per every thousand gallons. This shows that priced by the gallon bottled water is 600 times more more expensive than tap water.
Do you drink tap or bottled water? Did this make you think twice about buying bottled water? Let me know in the comments below
Save Water & Save Money
Water is a resource that we need for survival and to keep us and our homes clean. Water supplies are becoming more unpredictable because of the affects of climate change and the extreme weather patterns that comes with it. Saving water in the home is so easy, and you don’t need to buy any fancy equipment. In the UK the average home uses 330 litres of water a day, which is 140 Litres per person! In the UK the average water and sewer bill comes to £405! Making simple and easy changes in saving water can help to save you money in the long term.
10 Easy Ways To Save Water
- Turning off the tap when you brush your teeth – This saves approximately 6 litres of water per minute.
- Always run your washing machine and dishwasher when its full – Running both machines when they’re half full wastes water.
- Take shorter showers – Showers can can use anything between 6 and 45 litres of water per minute.
- Keep a jug of tap water in the fridge – This saves wasting water whilst running the tap waiting for the water to run cold.
- Fix a dripping tap – Annoying dripping taps can waste 15 litres of water per day.
- Turn off the tap whilst shaving, washing vegetables or washing dishes– Instead fill the sink with a small amount of water to rinse your razor, vegetable or dish.
- Use a watering can for your garden – Instead of reaching for the garden hose which can use as much as 1,000 litres of water an hour.
- Don’t use your toilet as a waste basket – Using your toilet to flush away tissues, cigarettes and other things wastes 5-7 gallons of water.
- Use your kettle mindfully – Filling the kettle with the amount of water you need per cup, will save you money, water and energy; its a win-win.
- Take a shower instead of a bath, if you can – Taking a 5 minute shower uses about 40 litres of water, which is about half the volume of a standard filled bath.
Are you eager to learn more ways to save water?
Save Energy & Save Money
By reducing the amount of energy you are consuming this will save you money. Also reducing energy that you consume can help reduce the greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. To read about renewable energy read The Beginners Guide To Zero Waste.
10 Easy Ways To Save Energy
- Switch off lights when they’re not in use – This can save you around £14 ($16.95) a year on your energy bills.
- Switch to low energy LED lights – These use 90% less energy and they last 10-20 times longer!
- Unplug your phone – And the charger from the wall once its fully charged.
- Unplug any device not in use – Even appliances left in stand by mode use energy read more.
- Open the window – Opening the window instead of using an air conditioning unit, will save you money on your energy bill.
- Microwave your leftovers – Saves energy because it uses only 20% of the energy required to run a full size oven.
- Turn down your thermostat for your heating – Turning it down by 1 degree can save between £85 ($102.88) and £90 ($108.93) a year!
- Bleed your radiators regularly – It will ensure they are working efficiently.
- Switch your laundry to 30 degrees – This will save energy because the washing machine won’t be heating the water to a high temperature.
- Save Water – Scroll up for tips on saving water. Heating water for bathing and cleaning uses both energy and water.
Let me know in the comments below how you save your energy consumption?
This post shows that living more eco- friendly can be as simple as switching from bottled water to tap water, turning off the tap whilst you brush your teeth, or washing your laundry at 30 degrees. Adopting zero waste habits doesn’t need to cost a pretty penny, and it can in fact save you some too! Even small changes can bring a big impact on helping the environment.
Did I miss something? Are there other ways of saving water and energy that I missed? Let me know.
This Weeks Challenge! This week I challenge you to turn off the tap whilst your brushing your teeth. Tell me how you did in the comments below.
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Stacey @ The Green Sheep Blog
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