Week Four: Bottled Water
“When human beings fail to find their true place in this world, they misunderstand themselves and end up acting against themselves…’Dominion’ over the earth should be understood more properly as a sense of responsible stewardship.”
Pope Francis, Laudato
Water bottling plants use enormous amounts of energy to package and ship something that’s ultimately cheaper from your own tap or filtered pitcher. Chemicals that replace the BPA binder may create the same risks to human health. In addition, the plastic emits methane gas into the water, especially when bottles are heated. This happens in transit to the retailer, in your own car, or when stored in a garage in the summer. The bottles find their way into our waterways creating further damage and blight. An estimated 9 million tons of plastic enter our oceans every year. Plastic does not decompose; it just breaks into smaller and smaller pieces. These pieces are mistaken for food by wildlife and cause starvation and death. The micro plastics also enter our own bodies in the water we drink. Invest in eco-friendly water bottles and fill them at home.