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Born of a 10-year old concern for the environment after collecting half-full recycle bins at his school and seeing too many kids, parents and even teachers using plastic bottles everyday, JustAddWater! is an original initiative aimed at reducing plastic use around the world and in our community.
What did the 10-year old learn by getting involved in this project? He learned about BPA, the toxic chemical found in all plastic bottles and even some canned food... he learned about the waste and pollution we generate in the world by making and buying plastic bottles, wrappers, containers... he learned about the great garbage patch in the Pacific, about twice the size of Texas... he learned that fish, birds and other sea creatures are eating our plastic waste... and that it all comes back to us as we, in turn, eat some of these animals... but most important he learned there are alternatives... and hope.
So, a few adults adults decided to help. After all, 4th-graders are not the ones who have made plastic a household name. Unfortunately, most of them were fed milk from plastic baby bottles, taking in pollutants we could not reasonably wish for our children. We, the adults, have made plastic what it is, we have created it, designed it, sold it, and bought it...

Knowledge is key...

Did you know that... it takes the equivalent (in natural resources and pollution) to 3-5 plastic bottles to produce just one ? ...if the water we use at home cost what bottled water costs, our monthly water bills would run $9,000 ? ...bottled water is up to 2000 times more energy-intensive to produce/bottle than tap water? ...making bottles to meet America's demand for bottled water requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel some 100,000 cars for a year ?
And finally... that a disturbing number of bottled water brands tested contained significant contamination? Of 103 brands surveyed, 22 percent contained chemical contaminants that, if consumed over a long period of time, would cause cancer or other health problems.

Action is needed...

So let's act together by educating our children as it my not be too late for them. The world has options and one of them is to use non-polluting or more environmentally-friendly water containers such as stainless steel water bottles... not aluminum (these are coated inside with BPA...). Refillable at any water fountain with no toxic release from plastic. Remember: the hotter it is (that's when we buy more plastic water bottles), the more chemicals are released in the water...

Thirsty ? Think before you drink !

It doesn't stop with stainless steel vs. plastic. No, think reusable grocery bags, healthy snacks such as fruits instead of candy bars in plastic wrappers, no more disposable plastic cups for birthday parties (try paper, a composting product), no more plastic party trays... Seems extreme or too harsh? Well, not when you think that already, plastic containers are part of your diet as we pollute our water and food sources with them. Would you knowingly eat plastic and feed it to your children? Probably not although each time you buy a plastic water or juice bottle, that's what you do.

We are on a mission and we hope you will join us. One kid and aa couple of adults may not make a big difference but 10, 100, or 1000 will... Check out the rest of the site for solutions we offer to communities around the country and here in New Mexico. Let's be the first community to come out of our comfort-induced torpor and make a positive impression on our children.

Let's recycle plastic until we need it less or not at all. We need to go back to a healthier living. We owe it to ourselves and our children.