“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol
I find myself often conflicted over water. I realize water may not seem like a controversial issue, but I struggle between my love of bottled water and my knowledge of how environmentally harmful it is. Drinking water out of the tap is not something I want to do. One, it’s never cold enough as I like ice cold water. Two, I am of the opinion that our local water has a funny taste. Therefore, I typically buy bottled water and keep it in the fridge. I justify the bottled water by recycling the plastic containers. Today, though I made a change.
I realize refraining from bottled water for a day may not seem like the most glamorous first. However, it is a small environmentally friendly change I can make. On average, I drink around 2 bottles of water per day. Doing the math, that adds up to a considerable number of bottles. Today, I took a sabbatical from the plastic. I continued to drink water, but I used a washable and reusable cup.
Honestly, I’m sure it was my mind playing tricks on me, but I thought the water had a strange taste to it. I couldn’t get over the fact it was tap water. Our school has a water cooler and I eventually got water out of it. However, it still tasted different.
I’m going to have to invest in some produce and herbs to flavor the water so I can continue using my reusable cup. If you have any ideas for mildly flavoring water to make it more appetizing, please share!