I walk my dog through my neighborhood picking up plastic water bottles and other plastics that have landed on the road through human intention or human error. As they blow, they endanger drivers. More than an eyesore, they clutter the land needed to grow plants that will mitigate CO2 pollution.
Animals “clean” plastic, ingesting bits of it, and the chemicals are deposited into our ecosystem through their waste and its decomposition. Plastic can leach chemicals into what it holds – which then can leach into us and the environment. BPA, the most well-known of these chemicals, has been scientifically linked to myriad health effects in rodents: cancers, genital defects, early onset puberty, obesity and behavior problems like ADHD.
Bottled water is not necessarily cleaner than tap water. Municipal water is far better regulated than bottled water, and, for most, tap water is safe and of high quality.
Minimizing and eliminating damage to our environment and ourselves, we must support efforts to minimize plastic use. Please vote to support the Cape Wide Plastic Water Bottle Ban, and encourage others to support it also. Sustainable Practices has done great work in this arena. Bring your own water bottle – it’s personal and effective!
Rev. Jennifer Valentine