|We are big fans of bulk food shopping which (when using our own mesh bags) produce no packaging waste.|
It was clear that we needed to take our “green” efforts further than the grocery store (which I wrote about here) if we wanted to reduce the amount of garbage we create. My philosophy is that even if something is able to be recycled it is far better to reduce the need for more packaging. For instance, Clark likes to have one soda a day and I enjoy seltzer water. Plastic soda bottles and aluminum cans are recyclable but they aren’t necessary. If he drinks a soda and I drink a seltzer water every day we are generating a need for 60 new plastic (or aluminum) bottles to be produced a month. And we are now hauling around 60 bottles or cans (along with any other recyclable items) looking for a recycle center. Our solution was to buy a Soda Stream, since, let’s face it…no one wanted to give up their fizzy water.
|One of the only places we’ve seen that offers Styrofoam and egg carton recycling Seaside, Florida.|
Our Soda Streamuses glass bottles which can be used over and over again. The CO2 cartridge can be exchanged(reused) when it goes empty (there are locations throughout the country that offer exchanges including Staples, Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Macy’s, Kohls and others). Exchanging not only saves a bunch of money, but it keeps those cartridges out of landfills. Flavors can be added and include cola, lemon-lime, lemonade, fruit flavors, cocktail mixers!!!, diet flavors, energy mixes and pretty much any ‘knock-off’ of your favorite pop. Although the flavors are sold in plastic containers, a little goes a long way so they last a long time and produce far less bulk in our recycle bin. I highly recommend the Soda Stream system if you just can’t give up your bubbly. It requires no electricity (so it’s perfect for boondocking) and uses regular old tap-water (we gave up bottled water a loooong time ago). Here’s the model we love which uses glass bottles, and can be purchased through our affiliate link here.
|Our new Soda Stream!|
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/bottled-water-costs-2000x-more-than-tap-2013-7#ixzz2t7knUuzW
|“People complain about the price of gas, but you might be surprised to learn that fueling with coffee can be four times as expensive as buying a gallon of gas. These examples show the costs of 12 ounces of coffee. Some were brewed at home; others were bought already brewed. Prices for tested products are averages. For Dunkin’ Donuts, we used the prices of small and medium cups to get the average cost for 12 ounces. That would add up to $18.03 per gallon. Your money will go a lot further with home brews.“(source)|
|These are the parts of a K-cup. It’s this hybrid of materials that make them almost impossible to recycle. Even when a consumer takes the time to disassemble each and every pod they use many of the parts get kicked out of the sorters due to size and “contamination’ since it is almost impossible to remove ALL of the foil from the rim of the plastic pod. (source)|