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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Give a Hoot! Don't Pollute!!!

Chris and I were out riding our bikes yesterday around White Rock Lake. With all the rain this past week, it was pretty disturbing to see what all the rain washed up along its' shores. Tons of plastic..countless number of water bottles and Styrofoam cups. I was appalled to see this and really disgusted knowing 99% of this garbage could be avoided. 

It's a continuum of what our old buddy, Woodsy the Owl, was preaching years ago in the 80's, and issues we are still continuing to face today. Except now, it's not so much the cans that are the big issue, it's plastic water bottles!! 

Remember this??  Woodsy the Owl.. He says it the best. 

White Rock Lake in Dallas ~ January 11, 2013

Pretty appalling to see this right?? What changed me and opened my eyes to see how much bottled water is hurting our environment, was watching this documentary, Tapped. I was one of those consumers who believed that bottled water came from mountain regions and natural streams all over. Pretty ignorant, right? What I believed and understood of the industry was so far from the truth. Frightening to think  I didn't know the repercussions of what I was doing to our environment sooner. Ignorance and believing the label..Ozarka, Ice Mountain, Poland Spring, Zephyrhills, Deer Park, Arrowhead. They sure do a great job at marketing their products. They got me!!

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Have any of ya'll seen this documentary and how did it affect you and change your habits?? I can say it really opened my eyes, and since watching, I have not bought one plastic water bottle. I will not drink from a plastic water bottle and if you know me, you'd know I use to have 10 or so empty to full water bottles in my car at a given time. It was pretty awful and looking back, super wasteful!! If you can avoid it, you may want to rethink buying your next one.

The first thing I did, was run out and buy a BPA Free water bottle. You can buy these anywhere from Target to Walmart. I fill it up directly from my faucet or refrigerator. I learned that our tap water is highly more regulated than bottled water which is NOT regulated. The water is pretty safe in Dallas.

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Please, Please, Please, I can't urge you all enough, if you haven't already seen it, please watch Tapped! It was life changing for me and I learned so much about the industry. Just the little I do in choosing not to buy bottled water, I know can help make a difference in the betterment of our environment. If it's just one or all who can join in, we CAN make a difference!!! Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute! If you can, RECYCLE those water bottles.

Tell me..after seeing that movie, will you still buy bottled water?? 


  1. So there's trash on the shore of the lake... who's going to clean it up? I feel like people are always complaining about litter, but no one actually takes the time to clean it up.

  2. Hi Kacie- Thanks for stopping by! There were people out there starting to help with the clean up that I saw. Not sure and I know some of the areas around the lake are sponsored by groups like the Girl Scouts. Will see..It's a big job and looks like it will take a lot of people chipping in with it!

  3. Hi Allison! Thanks for this! I have always been concerned about bottled water but I haven't seen the documentary, I'll have to watch! Also, to Kacie (and Allison), if people didn't litter in the first place then groups wouldn't have to sponsor lakes just to clean them up :) I think this is a problem that is best taken care of at the source (people throwing their trash on the ground instead of the garbage or recycling can). It really does travel through stormwater drains on city streets and make it all the way to water bodies like this lake! (Can you tell this is part of what I do for a living?)

  4. Thanks Katie for stopping by. I agree! If people just didn't litter, that would definitely help, but I also believe strongly that if we help to eliminate drinking bottled water, we will have much less trash polluting our waters. We can all make a simple changes in our lives to help with these issues. Big part of it is educating ourselves and learning more about these issues. Another great documentary I just watched called Bag It! Check it out. It's eye opening, both documentaries!



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