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Our Freshwater Supply


The first issue that comes to mind is the very first cause that I believe needs to be dealt with before anything else can be solved.

There are so many issues from the toxins and chemicals in our food and air to government corruption.

I would now like to bring our freshwater crisis to the forefront of everybody’s minds.

Every known life form on Earth depends on fresh, consumable, water. But now, more than ever, the mistreatment of our water supply has been over looked and tossed aside, in our government’s attempts to “help” us. From selling water to us at one thousand times the cost of tap water and bottling it in toxic plastics, billions of people are suffering from illnesses and diseases that come from these harmful treatments, such as cancer. Our water source has become scarce all over the world because of these exploitations. Not only are people in third world countries suffering, but people here, in the United States, are suffering as well. Respect our water. Don’t let your water run if you are not using it. Not only does it raise your water bill, but it harms our ecosystems and animals that thrive on it.

Thankfully, there are a myriad of ways to help solve this problem.

Way #1
Limit your shower times. Don’t let your water run while your brushing your teeth.

Way #2
If you live in an environment where it is difficult to grow grass and keep it watered, substitute your grass and plants for something more eco-friendly (i.e. stones, cacti, and other beautiful plants that require less water usage.)

Way #3
Use canteens instead of plastic* water bottles. You’ll save money and your health. We can all make better and safer choices.

*Plastic is generally toxic to produce, use, and dispose of.
Plastics aren’t always what you think they are. They could be helpful or harmful and it is up to you to know which ones you are putting into your body.

Check your Plastics:
PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate):AVOID
Common Uses: Soda Bottles, Water Bottles, Cooking Oil Bottles Concerns: Can leach antimony and phthalates.

HDPE (High Density Polyethylene): SAFER
Common Uses: Milk Jugs, Plastic Bags, Yogurt Cups

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride, aka Vinyl): AVOID
Common Uses: Condiment Bottles, Cling Wrap, Teething Rings, Toys, Shower Curtains
Concerns: Can leach lead and phthalates among other things. Can also off-gas toxic chemicals.

LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene): SAFER
Common Uses: Produce Bags, Food Storage Containers

PP (Polypropylene): SAFER
Common Uses: Bottle Caps, Storage Containers, Dishware

PS (Polystyrene, aka Styrofoam): AVOID
Common Uses: Meat Trays, Foam Food Containers & Cups
Concerns: Can leach carcinogenic styrene and estrogenic alkylphenols

Other this is a catch-all category which includes:
PC (Polycarbonate): AVOID - can leach Bisphenol-A (BPA). It also includes ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), SAN (Styrene Acrylonitrile), Acrylic, and Polyamide. These plastics can be a safer option because they are typically very durable and resistant to high heat resulting in less leaching. Their drawbacks are that they are not typically recyclable and some need additional safety research. New plant-based, biodegradable plastics like PLA (Polylactic Acid) also fall into the #7 category.

“Water should be free from corruption, capitalism, speculation and manipulation” (40 shocking facts about water)

Sources:
• www.healthychild.org
• www.allaboutwater.org
• www.globalissues.org
• www.thewaterproject.org
• Blue Gold: World Water Wars documentary