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7 Easy Ways to Stop Using Plastic Water Bottles

The new year is finally here, and many people nationwide are making and following their resolutions to better themselves and the world around them in 2015. You might be resolving to lose weight, work out more, or eat better food. While these resolutions are great ones to make and keep, you should consider protecting the environment one of your new resolutions this year!

A great way you can protect the environment is by avoiding plastic water bottles. Even though they are incredibly convenient, plastic water bottles cause a great deal of harm to the environment when they aren’t properly recycled. The PETs present in plastics release harmful toxins into the ground, which reaches the soil and ground water. This can last for decades or even centuries.

If you’re a water bottle junky, there are some steps you can take to help you curtail (and eventually eliminate) your usage of plastic. Follow these 7 ideas below to help you get started today!

Use an Eco-Friendly Reusable Water Bottle – This is one of the easiest steps you can take in the beginnings. Instead of buying plastic water bottles over and over again, reach for a reusable water bottle! Try to find one that is sunlight resistant or maybe even one that is self-filtering so you can pour regular tap water in and let the filtering system do its job!

Use a Filter at Home – If you don’t want a self-filtering water bottle, you can always use a filter at home! Fit one to your kitchen’s faucet or use a self-filtering water pitcher. Either way, all you have to do is turn the faucet on, and you’ll have pure, clean water on-hand!

Recycle Plastic – If you still wind up purchasing a plastic water bottle here and there on the go, be sure that it ends up in the right place – recycle it! Reuse everything you can for as long as possible in order to maximize your use. For example, try to fill up your plastic bottle with filtered tap water multiple times throughout the day; once you’re done, make sure it ends up in the right recycling container.

Buy Bigger – If you really have to buy plastic water bottles, make sure that you purchase the largest containers that you can. Believe it or not, the smaller containers (we’re talking about the tiny 8 ounce servings) take quite a bit fossil fuels to manufacture and ship. Besides, you can get more use out of a larger bottle without putting a big strain on the environment.

Learn About Your Town’s Tap Water Quality – Did you know that many of the overpriced bottles of water that you purchase typically house refiltered tap water? Most cities and municipalities are becoming more vigilant in regards to creating and maintaining a clean and safe tap water supply. Check out your town’s water information to see how your own system at home is being maintained.

Volunteer – Want to make an even bigger difference? Volunteer your time and ability to help pick up plastic and trash at your local waterway. Whether you’re helping beautify a local lake or a riverside, you’ll make an immediate difference in the environment around you, meet like-minded people in the community, and still be able to enjoy the outdoors.

Get the Word Out – Now that you know about the hazards of plastic water bottles and what you can do to curtail your usage, spread the word! Share this blog on your social media, and get your friends, family, and coworkers involved in your efforts as well. Ask the boss to get a recycling bin at the office. Make a conscientious effort to recycle at home as well. As long as you get up and do something about it, you can really help the environment in your backyard and at large.

Ace Grease Services cares greatly about the environment. That’s why we make sure that everything we collect, whether it’s used cooking oil or grease, is recycled. We are proud to say that most of what we collect goes into fueling the biodiesel industry! If you’re ever in need of our many services and want to make sure that you’re protecting both your property and the environment, don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-473-2733 or find us online at www.acegrease.com!

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