Dolphins ditch plastic bottles

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Are you smarter than an 8th grader? I found this story on the Santa Cruz Sentinel site about a school that is ditching plastic water bottles in favor of reusable canteens. At Scotts Valley Middle School in California the students have picked up on a bright idea for the future, stop drinking from plastic water bottles. It can all be summed up in the message eighth-grader Hanna shared at a presentation for other students, “Water bottle trash is out of control. About 90 percent of the garbage in the ocean is plastic. Most of the garbage on the beach is plastic.” If you already knew that than you are at least as smart as Hanna when it comes to plastic pollution.

The class project to promote reusable canteens was put together by 3rd year teacher Brendan Dilloughery and received a $6,000 grant for the school from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. So not only are the students at Scotts Valley Middle School learning about great ways to help the environment they are also learning there is a financial benefit to it as well. For the rest of us who won’t be receiving a $6,000 grant to stop using plastic water bottles there is still a direct reward to our wallet by giving up bottled water. Bottled water is far more expensive than tap water. Fill a reusable bottle, like this stainless steel bottle from Klean Kanteen, with water taken from your home refrigerator. The water will already be nice and cold and costs far less than even the cheapest brand of bottled water on the market.

I am pretty sure that the ocean bound namesakes of the Scotts Valley Middle School Dolphins would be proud of the students for their contribution to stopping plastic pollution.

4 thoughts on “Dolphins ditch plastic bottles

  1. Sirs, I was about to order at least one of your Klean Kanteen, 27oz S.S. Water Bottle until I saw the Country of Origin was china.
    Sorry but I’d rather keep using bottled water that at least uses American workers to put together. Damn companys like yours just can’t seem to put together anything without getting china, india, malasiya, mexico or some other cheap ass country involved but then you want to advertise and sell your products here at U.S. prices. I suppose the damn FridgeFilters I just ordered come from the same place, so I’ll be checking when they arrive and it will be the last ones I order from you.

  2. We appreciate the feedback. Our customer service team will contact you about your order.
    I also want to thank you for bringing up a very important point. A lot of American jobs have been outsourced to other countries. Whirlpool, who manufactures the fridge filters your model uses has outsourced many of their parts to countries like Taiwan and Mexico. Even if you bought a refrigerator that was Made in the USA the replacement parts most likely are shipped in from overseas. I wrote a blog post about the outsourcing of filter manufacturing which you can find here.
    http://blog.fridgefilters.com/2011/07/is-my-fridge-made-in-the-usa-or-china.html
    If you haven’t heard of “reshoring” you might want to check out the link in that post to an article about how some American companies are bringing manufacturing jobs back to the States.

  3. If American companies are bringing the manufacturing jobs back to the US, it’s not fast enough. I am fed up with crap made in God knows where.

  4. I agree the sooner the better! I hope to see a lot of job growth in the U.S. over the next few years. The reshoring of manufacturing jobs will help, but I think it’s likely to be a long road.

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