Caution: What I'm about to post about is a shocking proposal but here goes.
I'm talking water.
Think back, way back to a time long long ago, a time when we would drink water from the tap. We would turn our faucet on and fresh, clean, potable water would just flow freely into our glasses or from drinking fountains and our thirst would be no more. It was a simpler time, a time when we didn't fill our already over-burdened land fills with empty bottles made of petroleum-based plastics that put us deeper and deeper into a dependency on Middle Eastern oil. We brought water bottles and filled them as needed with this life-giving substance and no one ever imagined that we would pay more for bottled water than we would for soda or milk or even gas. Water was free. Remember those days?
Oh, wait. Water is still free, or for those who pay a nominal monthly charge for water use, practically free.
And by some miracle, in most parts of the United States, tap water is completely drinkable and often delicious.
We should never waste it or take it for granted, as fresh unpolluted water is a rare commodity that should be conserved and protected, but while it is still an option, we should not buy bottled water. Ever.
Start now. Invest in a water bottle, or at the very least, refill the bottle that you bought yesterday and bring it with you tomorrow. Now I think that the taste of New York City tap
water rivals even Colorado mountain water, but if you live in a place that provides less-than-perfect water flowing from your pipes, use that Brita Filter (for sale at half the price at Jack's 99 Cent World on 45th St. between 5th and 6th Ave.) in your refrigerator and fill your water bottle up with that. It takes one more extra thought a day, but we could reduce our landfills by a significant amount and yes, use less foreign oil.
I know, it's crazy talk. But we have power as consumers, more than we know. And it's another way to save money. See how I always come back to that?
Okay, is anyone else thirsty for a long tall drink of water?