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Rethinking Bottled Water

How to be green on a budget.

Enjoy Bottled Water the Green Way

If you still love your bottled water, how can you make it more economical and environmentally friendly?

  • Buy a dispenser and have large 5-gallon jugs delivered to your office or home. The company picks up and drops off the jugs, so there’s no recycling problem. Although it’s still more expensive than tap water, bottled water is much cheaper bought in large quantities.
  • Get a reusable sports bottle (the metal ones made by companies like Thermos and Klean Kanteen cost between $10 and $20), and fill it with water from your home dispenser to use on the go.
  • Recycle your bottles. “Plastic water bottles are every bit as recyclable as your newspaper, but many people don’t remember,” says Jim Karrh, formerly the chief marketing officer for Mountain Valley Spring Company. “The benefit of bottled water is portability, and when you’re out at the park or driving around, where do you recycle that bottle?” Instead of tossing it in the trash, hold on to your bottle until you get home or to a recycling bin.

 

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Reviewed on June 19, 2013

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