Plastic Is Choking Our Planet … Some Solutions

We at the spring are committed to clean water and that means a clean planet.  In addition to getting the finest water in the galaxy, you are doing your part to save our plant from plastic.  Refilling your containers at Boston Clear means fewer plastic bottles.  So let’s do a little calculation to let you know how you are contributing to a better world by not picking up a 12 oz bottle of water:

1 gallon of water equates to approximately 10 water bottles (12 oz each)

x 5 gallons/week = 50 bottles

50 bottles x 52 weeks = 2,600 plastic bottles NOT USED

So as you pass someone at the spring and see them filling their bottles, realize that their actions are keeping plastics out of our landfills … and our oceans.  Plastics have a life of nearly 400 years before they completely decompose … they decompose faster in water but that is just poisoning our oceans.

We always try to bring you good news here as well.  While we are trying to do our part to help the planet, we are thankful that there are some really intelligent people coming up with solutions.  One we found recently was an inventor who has launched a vessel to clean our oceans that are polluted with over 5 trillion pieces of plastic (wow!).  You can follow the progress of the project here.  Boyan Slat, a 24 year old Dutch entrepreneur, has built the largest floating barrier ever deployed that uses the ocean’s own currents to capture plastic to clean up the massive Pacific garbage patch.  It works like a giant piece of floating pipe that collects plastics then barges are dispatched to collect the trash clinging to it.  Will it work?  We hope so!!  It just launched and updates will be coming soon.  The challenge will be trying to figure out what to do with all the plastic it collects.

There are some other uses for plastics and we found some inspiring stories (and a few tragic ones) portrayed in pictures as to the life of plastic bottles.

So what else can you do to save our planet from plastic?

  1. Use glass containers and fill them at Boston Clear Water 🙂
  2. Say no to plastic – no bags, no straws
  3. If you use plastic or aluminum, recycle
  4. Shop at local farmer markets and bring your own bags
  5. When you are on the beach, pick up a piece of trash and put it in a barrel

Every little bit makes a difference.   It reminds us of a story from Sir Richard Branson who once told of a little girl who was walking the beach and picking up sand dollars and throwing them back into the ocean.  A man walked by and asked, “What are you doing there young lady?”   To which she replied, “I’m tossing these sand dollars back into the ocean because they will certainly die here on the beach as the tide is going out and the sun is hot.”

The man looked down the beach and said, “There are so many sand dollars here on the beach, you could not possibly get to them all.  So what difference does it make?”

The little girl picked up a sand dollar at her feet and threw it into the ocean then looked up at the man, “It made a lot of difference to that one.”

Make a difference today!  We want to eliminate 1,000,000 plastic bottles as a result of our efforts.  Stay tuned for updates!

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