Thursday, September 23, 2010

Do The Reuse Challenge

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Aladdin. All opinions are 100% mine.

Are you wondering what the Do The Reuse Challenge is?  Lucky for you, I am going to explain it.  Simply put, for 30 days, you will give up all disposable paper cups, water bottles, and food containers.  That means no eating out or drinking bottled water.  Sounds simple, right?  It should be.

I took a look at what my family does to help the environment, and I think we do some positive things.  Brandi brings her lunch to school every day, and she uses a plastic sandwich holder and water bottle.  Her teacher even encouraged the kids in her class to reuse, too, by giving each kid a refillable water bottle on the first day of school.  Brandi fills hers with ice water every morning, and is able to enjoy it throughout the day.

Aladdin is encouraging all of us to take the challenge.  They are even offering discounts and free shipping on certain products on their website.  While there, you can follow 9 families who have already accepted the challenge and are blogging about it.  You can also check out Aladdin on Facebook.

If you need a reason to accept this challenge, maybe these statistics will help you make the right choice:

Seven million barrels of oil are used to produce the disposable bottles Americans go through in one year. (think of all the other things that can be done with that oil)

In the United States, 50 billion disposable water bottles are consumed per year; 137,000 per day; 1,585 per second. (those are some crazy numbers!)

It costs about $165 a year to make drip coffee at home versus $636 to buy drip coffee at your local café. (think of all the money you can save!)

Unless we change our habits, 23 billion paper coffee cups will be thrown out in 2010. (that's a lot of coffee cups!)

Nine dollars will generally cover a decent lunch out. If you buy rather than pack a lunch five days a week, you shell out about $2,350 a year. (I can think of hundreds of other things I would rather spend that kind of money on!)

If those reasons aren't enough to convince you, think of your kids.  What kind of planet will we be leaving behind for them if we don't change our ways?

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