July 31, 2008

Environmental madness in the news

Back at the start of this year I wrote a series of articles about ways to become more environmentally friendly.

7 Tips to Environmental Goodness: In this article I wrote about 7 quick things you can do NOW to do your bit to protect the environment

7 More tips to Environmental Goodness was a contination article where I explained some of the things you can purchase as replacements for existing items and be more environmentally friendly at the same time, and finally in

7 Final tips to Environmental Friendliness I explained the key lifestyle changes needed to help the planet

Things have been a little quiet since then. Until recently.

Over the last few days there have been an enormous number of articles with environmental themes.

For example:

  1. Businesspundit has a list of the top 25 big companies that are going green
  2. Youngentrepreneur.com has a list of tips to save your energy costs
  3. The New Scientist reckons that Americans must diet to save their environment. It also says that unsustainable development is putting humanity at risk
  4. The Apple Blog talks about Flipswap - a service that takes your old phones, pays you for it and sends it to a third world country where it will be reused
  5. And in Monte Carlo the Ecological Vehicles and Renewable Energies show demonstrated the current eco-friendly cars that japan and the US are producing.

But by far the one that caught my eye most was from the UK consumers association ('Which?'), that was focused on the bottled water craze.

In the UK the bottled water market is worth £1.68b ($3.2b).

The bottled water production process wastes an estimated 2 gallons of water for every gallon purified to put into a bottle.

Some bottled waters also come from as far away as New Zealand, and most plastic water bottles go to landfill where they could take up to 450 years to decompose.

And to make things even more eye-opening: in a recent Which? survey half of the over 3000 people surveyed could find no difference between bottled water and normal tap water. That is incredible.

Personally I don't drink bottled water. I don't like the taste of the local tap water where I live (I am in a region with 'hard water') so I pass it through a Brita water filter system. The cost to me is somewhere around 3p per litre. Compare that with bottled water from 'own brand' supermarkets (8.5p per litre), Evian bottled water (31p per litre), SEI bottled water at Selfridges (£5.58 per litre) and Claridges most expensive bottled water (£30 per litre) and you can see that the savings are amazing.

Quick water tip: Keep a jug of tap water in the fridge. This cools the water and acts to de-chlorinate it which helps taste. Replace the water every 24 hours.

On a water related issue, BusinessPundit have a great article talking about the myth of freely flowing tap water and how we all, still, need to do our bit for the environment.

So how's the water in your area? What are you doing to help the environment?

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