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The Plus Side to Plastic Water Bottles

The difficult thing about opposing certain products, is that there is a genuine need for them sometimes. Example: Single use plastic water bottles.

Yesterday, without warning, my water went out. They were doing construction on the street and accidentally damaged a pipe. We couldn't make sure to collect some from the tap beforehand, and we had no idea when the water would be back. Before I got home from work, my mom called and said, "I know you hate plastic water bottles, but can you grab a few? This is an emergency."

I did what anyone would, and got some. (My work hands them out, so I just took a few from storage.)

Luckily, the water was back on by morning, but I still wouldn't have been able to brush my teeth or wash the makeup off my face if it hadn't been for bottled water. In situations like that, it's a good thing to have access to bottled water. Do I feel great about having to have used it? No. But like my mother said, it was an emergency. I'm 100% going to recycle the plastic bottles, and that'll have to be enough in this situation.

The thing about disposable plastic water bottles is that there is a real need for them sometimes, the problem comes from over usage. Grabbing one from the vending machine every time you go to the gym because you don't want to carry a reusable one isn't a good reason, especially if you don't even bother to recycle it. But unless companies start selling emergency water it glass jugs, they can't completely go away without leaving people in bad situations.


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