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    Default Plastic Water Bottles

    So Im on a holiday in Siem Reap, Cambodia at the moment, staying in a lovely boutique hotel. Luxury in the midst of great poverty. In the way of these things my conscience is slightly salved by the fact that the owner of the hotel has initiated a scheme to cut down on the number of plastic water bottles dumped by tourists. Those bottles are probably going to last longer than the ancient temples that tourists come to see. Instead of putting disposable plastic water bottles in the rooms, there are glass bottles for in room use, and aluminium bottles to take out on trips to the temples or into town. Hes got a bunch of other hotels and tourist spots on board.

    The numbers are staggering. 5 million tourists each year. Average 5 night stay. 3 bottles or water each day. That's 75 MILLION PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES!

    #RefillNotLandfill refillcambodia.com

    Ive always hated plastic water bottles. In developed countries they are just stupid. Expensive and wasteful where tap water is perfectly safe and palatable. In less developed countries there are good reasons not to drink tap water. But with their less developed waste disposal systems, plastic bottles are a serious scourge.

    Wherever you are, think before you buy a single use plastic water bottle.


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    I see a lot of college students on campus in recent years carrying water bottles that look like that, but with different writing. The screw-top style is rather impressive and they are kept for a long time and reused. It's a nice design.

    Actually, we give less expensive reusable bottles to some high school students every year, but if we provide them with bottled water at the breaks they just use the bottled water. I decided after this year and the wasteful practices I saw to just point them to the water fountain.

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    Just bought two of these to use at work. Plastic bottles aren't going to give cold water after eight hours on a hot day.
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    how did they get started anyway? wasn't it all about the beautiful people doing better than mere plebeians?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Allen View Post
    how did they get started anyway? wasn't it all about the beautiful people doing better than mere plebeians?
    This is how
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_siQqiT48Tc

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    Plastic waste on the beach on remote Cape York, a confluence of currents makes this a dumping ground for South Asian waste and fishing fleet debris .

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    In another five hundred million years, the Venusian scientific experts on ancient earth will try to settle the question as to whether there ever existed a sentient species there, and will find, some distance above the globe-girdling iridium layer, a very thin layer of hydrocarbon in the form of polycarbonate along what might have been ancient oceans of liquid water. Their outrageous claim will be that the sentient mammals that overran the place developed polycarbonate drink containers that somehow precipitated a 'fatal warming of the climate' event. Really, like who wouldn't like a nice warming event this far from Venus, right?


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