How to avoid creating more plastic waste when you buy a soda at the convenience store.
What’s the Big Deal About Plastic Cups, Bottles and Straws?
What’s the big deal? It all gets recycled anyway, right? Well, actually, no it doesn’t.
According to Plastic Pollution Coalition, “Americans discard more than 30 million tons of plastic a year. Only 8 percent of that gets recycled. The rest ends up in landfills, is incinerated, or becomes … litter.” Also, “Plastic is a durable material made to last forever, yet illogically, 33 percent of it is used once and then thrown away. Plastic cannot biodegrade; it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces.”
And according to The Last Plastic Straw, “500 million straws are used and discarded every day in the United States alone. That’s 175 billion a year filtering into landfills and littering the oceans.The U.S. consumption of straws could be wrapped around the Earth’s circumference 2.5 times EACH DAY!” What to do? The easiest thing to do is to just not use one, but if you must, use on that is made of paper, compostable materials, or glass.
The Story Behind the Video
I really do avoid drinking sodas, but some days, when I need to stay awake (for driving or sitting through a therapy session in the middle of the day when I am tired of drinking coffee), I break down and buy a soda at the convenience store because my home is a soda-free zone. I know. It’s a bad habit. diet Coke has no redeeming value and is tearing my stomach apart. That’s a video for another day…
But since I am trying to minimize the amount of plastic in my life, I felt hypocritical buying a bottle of diet Coke or a plastic cup of the stuff. Full disclosure: In the past, if I bought a cup of the stuff I went lid-less and straw-less.
On this particular day at this 7-11, I was charged $1.35 (the cost of a hot beverage refill), but another 7-11 has only charged me $1.05 (the price of a Big Gulp) while yet another charged me $1.16. Prices at other convenience store chains range between these numbers. I have never been told that I can’t purchase a soda from the soda fountain with my own reusable bottle.
Have you ever tried to use a reusable bottle at a convenience store? Share you comments below!
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