Mar/10

15

Of Batteries and Water Bottles

The weather is warming up and we are finally able to dig ourselves out of the snow. This is good on several levels. Obviously with warmer temperatures comes less power used to heat our home. The other big difference is that we are coming out of hibernation and being more active; whether it is going for walks or playing at the park, we are starting to spend a lot more time outside (when it’s not raining).

With these warmer temperatures, one way we are trying to minimize our footprint is by not drinking bottled water. Instead, we just drink beer. I’m kidding (sort of). What we do is fill reusable water bottles with filtered water. Not only is this much better for the environment, but it also is cheaper. This is what we call a win-win situation. The other day I went to the gym and forgot to take my water bottle with me. It sounds ridiculous, but I felt really guilty buying a bottle of water.

Another trouble spot for us is batteries. Not so much for my wife and I (most things we use are rechargeable, like our phones and iPod) but for our daughter. It seems like every single toy she has takes batteries. And not one or two but six! The technology is amazing but so is the waste. In order to offset this, we have started using rechargeable batteries. This is an investment but pays for itself pretty quickly, especially if toys get left on in your house as often as they do in mine.

Another problem with batteries is how do you dispose of them? You can’t just chuck them in the trash with everything else; you have to find a place that has a battery disposal “bucket.” This isn’t a huge deal but still a pain in the butt and one more thing to remember.

Speaking of remembering things, I am proud to say that we have been remembering our reusable bags when we go to the grocery store. Victory!!

Drew Lachey

Read Drew’s previous post, So Easy, a Child Can Do It.

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