Oct 15 2010

Think Outside the Bottle–Blog Action Day 2010

Published by at 8:13 PM under Sustainability and tagged: , ,


Bottled water…

may be considered an addiction by some. I have chosen to write about this today on Blog Action Day because it is an issue that every one of us has the

power to control.

For example, even if you live in a place where potable drinking water is not available, like in Thailand where I live, having a reusable bottle saves not only money in your pocket, but also does much more than that!

For instance, according to one report, 17 million barrels of oil are needed to produce all the plastic water bottles that are used in the U.S. each year — and 86 percent of them will

never be recycled.

According to one source,

…consumption of bottled water continues to grow rapidly in most countries.  See the chart below which looks at the top 10 countries between 2002-2007 that consumed the most bottled water. You can see how much their consumption increased over that time period, too.   Is your country on this list?

So, why did I say we have the power to control our consumption of bottled water? Because we are consumers! We are the ones who decide whether or not we purchase the bottled water!

We DO have the power!

We can choose NOT to purchase bottled water and be smartER about our spending.

In my hometown of London, Ontario Canada, in Aug. 2008, there was a vote to ban bottled water in city offices, parks and other recreational facilities. Some schools in Ontario are considering, or have already banned the sale of bottled water.

Has your school done the same? What are YOUR thoughts on this?

At ISB, the price of bottled water has recently jumped from 10 baht to 20 baht. Why do you ask? Probably the most likely reason is to deter buyers and encourage people to fill their own reusable bottles at the large water stations.

Click on the picture below which will take you to the Green Panthers blog at our school. It further explains the decision to increase the cost of bottled water sales at I.S.B. Our school also showed the video called Tapped recently. I’ve included the trailer for the movie below.

Trailer for TAPPED

When it comes to bottled water you have a choice. It might mean being more prepared and remembering your reusable bottle, but it also means giving a little more respect to the environment.

This is me filling my own bottle at our classroom water jug (the water from our taps in Thailand is not drinkable).

And don’t stop there! Tupperware, coffee mugs and so on…How are YOU keeping your trash to a minimum?

Check out any of the individual student blogs on the right to see what each of us say about the topic of water.

9 responses so far

9 Responses to “Think Outside the Bottle–Blog Action Day 2010”

  1.   Mr. Milleron 16 Oct 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Great work Miss B and class!

    I agree with you 100% and try to teach my students about responsible ways to reuse and recycle. We don’t ban bottled water yet, but most students bring a reusable bottle with them to school.

    We live in Central California and enjoy clean water, but there is a limit to how much we have available. Agriculture all around our school takes up a lot of water.

    Thanks for the interesting post this week and I’m off to read some of your student blogs :-)

    Mr. Miller

  2.   Miss B.on 16 Oct 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Hi Mr.Miller,
    I was just on your blog yesterday and had added your class blog to our Blogroll! We are glad you visited.
    I’ve never been to California, but hope to visit one day for sure. Is your class new to blogging this year?
    What is your favorite part about teaching in California?

    We look forward to checking out your blog and posting comments, too!
    Take care,
    Miss B.

  3.   Mr. Salsichon 17 Oct 2010 at 9:21 AM

    Dear Miss B. and Room 230,

    Thank you for that excellent post about bottled water! I’ve been using a reusable bottle for a few years now, and most of the students in my class do too, but I still see some bottled water at the school. I think often the push for “greening” schools focuses on recycling rather than reducing/reusing. Your thoughtful post shows that reducing is far more important. That will be my emphasis when we study conservation in April and May. In the meantime I’ll try to set a good example.

    I have been enjoying following your blog, keep up the great work!

    Mr. Salsich,
    Third grade teacher in Connecticut, USA

  4.   Mr. Merritton 20 Oct 2010 at 9:37 AM

    Dear Miss B. and the fifth graders in Room 230,

    We are a fifth grade classroom in Beijing, China. Our school is I.S.B., as well! And we are also studying water! Amazing, huh? Today we are going to visit your individual sites, as I am sure they will inspire us to start our own. We can share some water research we have done, as well, through the blogs.

    Your water bottle project is great! Here in Beijing, we have a Green Team and they just donated reusable bottles for the entire student body and staff – over 2,000 bottles in all. I think it is great that we get to see other 5th graders really trying to make a difference. Maybe we can make the world a better place, if we all work together!

    Your blogging guideline are excellent. Do you mind if we use them to start our discussion about our own blogging? We’ll be writing soon!

    Mr. Merritt, grade 5
    International School of Beijing
    Beijing, People’s Republic of China

  5.   harlyon 20 Oct 2010 at 11:41 AM

    har har!
    very cool

  6.   Adamon 20 Oct 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Miss B,

    Did you know that tomorrow (Oct. 21st) the movie tapped is showing in the new theater. I think he does a very good example of showing you how important it is to recycle and reduce the use of plastic water bottles!



  7.   Miss B.on 20 Oct 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Hi Adam,
    Yes, I did know that and I should have mentioned it to you guys, but forgot! I’d like to take the time to see it. If not, maybe we can borrow it and watch it as a class. I wonder how long the video is? Are you planning on seeing it?

    Miss B.

  8.   ameliaon 21 Oct 2010 at 8:04 AM

    I think your blog is really interesting and i love how you guys are helping the planet. This really inspires me to go green! keep at it. i also thought that since your blog is so great you could give me some tips on my blog at ameliaw2018.edublogs.org

  9.   Yaseen Aon 24 Oct 2010 at 5:59 PM

    I agree with amelia, you guys are doing a great job helping out other people, when instead, you can just chill and relax! Great job guys and keep at it.

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