We could spend a lot of time talking about how pure the water is that a Berkey Water System generates. We could talk about how many contaminants a Berkey Water System removes. These are significant features of the Berkey technology. However, I would like to talk about something much simpler but equally as important.
In this blog post, I want to talk about how Berkey can help save the planet! You may ask, "How is Berkey going to do that?" Well, let me tell you – by reducing the amount of plastic waste we deposit into our landfills. The amount of plastic waste contributed to our landfills just from all the bottles of water that are purchased daily around the world is staggering. A website: www.earthday.org/2018/03/29/fact-sheet-single-use-plastics/ tells us that humans buy about 1,000,000 plastic bottles per minute in total. Only about 23% of plastic bottles are recycled within the U.S.
I was at a large store the other day, and I started watching what was in the shopping carts as people exited from the cashier out the exit towards their vehicles. I was mainly observing those cases of 16 to 20-ounce bottled water that comes in the plastic wrap that you find in practically every store. At least 75% of those carts had at least one case, and many had more than one. There were also many of the more economical one gallon or two-quart sizes going out in those carts.
Think of the incredible amount of plastic it takes to make those bottles and that plastic wrapping. It doesn't take a genius to calculate the tremendous impact all that plastic is having on our landfill. Some of the more conscientious do recycle, but even that occurs at great expense. Usually, there is some economic stimulus from the government to make it attractive enough for recyclers to even want to engage in the process. The other issue is that many of these plastic water bottles don't end up in a landfill. I observe many of these discarded bottles carelessly tossed into our beautiful nature and left there to degrade over the next century. I pick them up, but I can't be everywhere!
Even though these bottles aren't the only culprit, they positively are contributing to the enormous amount of plastic that is making its way into the oceans. I was reading an article the other day that described a floating raft of mostly plastic garbage that had been spotted in the southern Pacific Ocean. It was nearly the size of the state of Rhode Island. WHAT!
Let's consider how Berkey addresses this problem. Every time you take a drink of water that has been filtered by a Berkey Water System, you are using one less plastic bottle. You can use a washable glass or cup, or even a metal sports bottle as we do. There are many options for disposable plastic containers. Not only will you be ensured a high level of quality water free from 99.99% of most contaminants, but it tastes great too. Many people use bottled water because they don't like the taste of their tap water.
Another problem with bottled water is that you don't know precisely what other contaminants may be in it. You don't know how long that water has been in those plastic bottles. You don't know the source of the water or how it has been handled. You don't know about the packaging plant and how clean or free from contaminants it may be. There is so much that is assumed when people buy bottled water.
I read a news article several years ago that reported on a water bottling company caught using tap water from a city water supply for their water source. They were quite cavalier about being found out, saying, "Well, it was in a bottle wasn't it? All we said was that it was 'bottled water'." Quite the nerve if you ask me!
Think about the number of bottles you can save by drinking from non-disposable containers. Now multiply that by the number of people who potentially use bottled water. It doesn't take long to realize the tremendous savings that will take place. The amount of fewer plastic bottles that will not be added to the landfill and our environment is very important. Your own personal participation may seem insignificant, but when multiplied out, it soon becomes a major force.
Many people also stack extra cases into their storage areas to be prepared for an emergency. Think about one of the first items that fly off the shelves at stores just before a hurricane – bottled water. What if you had your bathtub filled with water, and only filtered that water through your Berkey as you needed it through that storm? You would have enough water for weeks, even months. And you wouldn't have to be tripping around the stacked cases all the time.
I want you to begin to think outside the box. A very wealthy investor once said that he watched what everyone else was doing and then did just the opposite. Since most people have been conditioned to buy bottled water, they contribute to the ever-growing problem of plastic in the landfill. They are usually part of the mad dash to buy at the store before an emergency. Maybe it's time to think of a different, better way to take care of this need.
I am challenging you to join me to do my part in removing one of the threats to our environment. I'm not a big "Green Peace" kind of guy, but I do believe that we should be doing everything we can to be good stewards of our home – the Earth. Little things multiplied can become big things!