For example, I spotted one of my coworkers drinking from a single-use 1 gallon plastic water jug. Pretty much a different one every other day. Since I'm known to be 'eco', I don't even think I had to ask him about it....he saw me notice and, let's face it, if you do sustainability all day every day people think you are the 'green police'. Usually I fight the perception and live by the Funny or Die "Green Team" creed of Will Farrell and John Reilly (if you have not seen this before, you're welcome). But this time, the eco case was so clear! Pun intended.
Anyways, he started defending the plastic waste and the taste....it took a few random conversations over a few months, but he made the transition. And if he can, you can too! Here's the basics of what I said to get you going:
2) Tap tastes better, is safer, and most bottled water comes from the tap. Gotta love Cleveland. Fiji water came up with a campaign to promote their bottled water and picked on Cleveland's tap water. So Cleveland did a study and found more arsenic in bottled water. Blind taste tests also prove that people prefer tap in Boston and nationwide preferred NYC tap water to two kinds of bottled. You probably like the taste of bottled water better because of the psychological trick of it. More expensive tastes better even when it's the same food. But believing in the hype is giving into the man. And here in California, we like to burn the man. The demand for bottled water is as manufactured as the product itself. Because of the Safe Drinking Water Act, tap water is required to provide annual quality reports. Only 3 bottled water companies provide the same transparency. Over 50 percent of bottled water was from a municipal tap (look for "purified" on the label). As "explainer-in-chief", sustainability has Annie Leonard with the Story of Stuff project. This video is specific to bottled water and it'll drain your desire for the bottled stuff (pun intended, again!):
What's the reusable you drink your water from at work? Did this motivate you to make the switch? Cheers to you!