One Small Thing : Bottled Water

One Small Thing : Bottled Water - roomfortuesday.comLast month I shared the first post in a challenge my friend Susan, from House of Brinson, started. We’re calling it “One Small Thing”, and each month myself along with a talented bunch of blogging friends have vowed to share one tiny thing we’re changing to better our health, wellness, sustainability, or the environment. Last month, I shared my coveted sugar scrub recipe for healthy skin. This month, I tackled a topic I’m admittedly embarrassed to share. As I mentioned last time, I’m honestly (and obviously) not the most “green” or perfect person on the planet. Sure- I recycle and try to do my best when it comes to the environment, but I vowed to make a conscious effort to do better… so that’s exactly what I’m doing. Even if that means sharing a dirty little secret, so here it goes: Emmett and I have been known to purchase bottled water. We have our everyday reusable water bottles, which we use most of the time, but every once in awhile we find ourselves sneaking into old habits or buying plastic bottled water out of convenience (for trips, parties, etc). I know, I know… it’s the worst of the worst. I’m happy to admit, those days are done and we’re committed to doing our part. Click through to read about how we made the change and a couple products we’ve found that are equally as convenient, if not more…

One Small Thing : Bottled Water - roomfortuesday.comBy implementing one tiny thing each month, it can make a big difference. I want to be healthier, live better, and make sustainable choices- even if it’s just a little bit at a time. This small thing was a BIG deal for us. There was something about having bottled water in the basement beverage refrigerator that made us feel “ready” for guests or spontaneous trips. It’s also something I grew up with. My parents always had a fridge stocked full of bottled water. It was just something we always had on hand. We could hand them out if friends & family needed a water, could send a bottle with someone as they were leaving, or toss a few into a cooler as we headed out the door on road trips. It was just too easy to grab the giant case from Costco every few months to keep our fridge stocked. It was also something Emmett and I both hated doing, yet still continued to do. Call it habit, call it routine, call it convenience… whatever you call it, we both knew we needed a solution to remedy our plastic water bottle consumption. After all, we live in UTAH- the prettiest place for outdoor lovers like ourselves. We owed it to our environment to do better, even if we were late in the game.

One Small Thing : Bottled Water - roomfortuesday.comHowever, I knew to fully commit without turning back like we have done in the past, I needed to solve some key problems:

  1. Our tap water tastes terrible and we both find filters annoying.
  2. We love having the option to grab bottles from the fridge in a pinch- or when hosting. We also both prefer to drink water from a bottle rather than a glass or cup
  3. We needed something that wasn’t time consuming (like refilling a pitcher every single day).

One Small Thing : Bottled Water - roomfortuesday.comIt was actually after my trip to makeover Laurie Anne’s bedroom in Phoenix that I found the obvious solution tucked away in her garage, of all places. She and her husband have a water dispenser and I loved the fact that you could get delicious hot OR cold water from it. Problem one… solved! We needed a water dispenser. I landed on this one upon arriving home and really love it! You can get water that is room temperature, cold, or hot. It is also a sleek, decent looking model. Although someday, we plan to make a little built-in to house the dispenser to live inside, it’s great as-is for the time being.

One Small Thing : Bottled Water - roomfortuesday.comThe next problem was the bottle issue. We had delicious tasting water (of all temperatures) that was eco friendly, but the convenience factor totally went out the window. I’m kind of a germaphobe and using the same water bottle day-after-day without washing it grosses me out. I also have a habit of leaving bottles all around (my car, my nightstand, the basement, my office, etc). I turned to Amazon for help. I ended up finding the BEST glass water bottles that look great, are dishwasher-safe, and gave us back the convenience of “bottled water” without plastic. Problem two… solved!

One Small Thing : Bottled Water - roomfortuesday.comThe last problem to solve was the amount of time we had to fill / mess with the water situation. Having lived with our current setup for a few months now, I’m happy to report- things are going well and we’re probably saving time when it comes to staying hydrated. We buy three 5-gallon jugs once a month when we grocery shop, and return the empty ones to be refilled. I run the glass bottles through the dishwasher as needed, and refilling them only takes a second. Problem three… solved!

One Small Thing : Bottled Water - roomfortuesday.comThings I really like about our new water system? Honestly, a lot!

  • First, it’s MUCH better for the environment. That’s the big win.
  • It’s quick and easy.
  • We still have the convenience of bottled water.
  • It’s inexpensive.
  • The bottles are pretty enough to leave around the house without annoying me (because let’s face it- that always happens).
  • Grabbing pre-filled bottles on the go is still an option.
  • It’s healthier to drink.
  • It’s a time saver.

One Small Thing : Bottled Water - roomfortuesday.comAlright… truth time! Am I the only one who was still buying plastic bottled water? I definitely have no room to shame anyone, nor would I ever want to. I’m honestly just curious and am feeling inspired to help friends and family make the switch. My mom is the biggest plastic bottled water consumer ever, and I’m making it my personal goal to convince her to switch up her routine. I’m hoping this will inspire some of you to do the same if you’re on the plastic water bottle train too. Even if a handful of us make the switch, think of how much less plastic we’d use. Again- no judgement here… I just felt compelled to share our own personal journey with this matter because I think it’s more common than most people think!

One Small Thing : Bottled Water - roomfortuesday.comI’d like to challenge you to do the same this fall! I’m also ears for more ways we can cut our plastic consumption. I’m linking what everyone else is doing this month to be more health & environmentally conscious below. Definitely check them out!

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  1. I use a hacked soda stream for home (no added flavours) with a pint glass, and a 1 litre stainless steel bottle with built in straw at work that I have had for about 7 yrs and washed about 10 times🤫. Our tap water is perfectly taste neutral. I drink at least 3 litres of water a day. Haven’t had a takeaway coffee in single use cup for about as long. 🌲

    1. Ooh that’s so smart, Mel! We loved the tap water at our homes in Ohio and Indiana (Emmett and I both grew up with well water), but our Utah tap water is not our favorite… which is weird considering we live in the mountains with fresh water / snow melt. Ha! I’m with you on the coffee cups- I make coffee at home 99% of the time, so no takeout coffee cups for me either. Way to go!!

  2. Leave it to you to find pretty, glass water bottles! I’m certain I will drink more water if I stock my fridge with those. We have gallon jugs that we refill at a reverse osmosis machine; a super fun chore when it’s a blustery 10 degrees because the machine is outside, but it’s cheap and tastes great. We had one of those water dispensers at school, and I LOVED getting any temperature water immediately; it was like magic. I think I would like a whole house reverse osmosis system, but I’ve never taken the time to investigate the specifics. That must mean our current situation is good enough! Change is hard. Good for you for finding solution that you can sustain.

    1. Haha! They’re really great bottles- definitely a good find. Oh wow… filling jugs in 10 degree weather doesn’t sound awesome, but I bet the taste is worth it. Kudos to you for doing your part despite the effort in the winter! We talked about a reverse osmosis system when renovating our kitchen, but had so many other things on our mind and to fit into the budget, it didn’t happen.

  3. I LOVE this idea! I have a filter/dispenser in my fridge that I’m happy with, but I also hate drinking water out of cups – why is that?? I have a plastic water bottle that I keep refilling but I don’t really love that, either. I don’t know why I never thought of just buying glass bottles like this, it’s a perfect solution! Already added to my shopping cart :)

    One thing I’ve done recently is switch all of my food containers to glass/reusable plastic. I prefer glass, but sometimes you just need a plastic bag, you know? So I got some from Full Circle in the standard snack/sandwich/gallon sizes. They’re still a type of plastic but they’re VERY thick and can go in the dishwasher, so I was able to buy a few of each size and they get me through my weekly meal prep beautifully.

    1. I have no idea, but we’re in the same boat! I think it’s because they’re not as convenient. It’s hard to take a cup on the go, they’re always getting tipped or knocked by our dogs, easier to spill, etc. There’s something about having a bottle with a lid that I really like, so I definitely understand! We already use glass food containers, so that’s good. I am going to check out the dishwasher safe bag you recommended- because you’re right… sometimes you just need a bag to toss food in. Great idea! Thanks Stacy :)

  4. Would love to buy this water dispenser for $155 but the link takes you to Amazon listing for $389! That’s more than twice the price? Did i miss a flash sale? Is there another source to buy from for The $155?

  5. I’m pregnant and our tap water started making me gag horribly! I’ve started buying bottled water. Prior to pregnancy if I was ever without my reusable water bottle I would just go thirsty instead of buying a single use plastic bottle. But, now, ugh, I’m prioritizing doing what I can to stay hydrated and I need to come up with a new solution. I’m so ashamed of buying plastic bottles I pour the water into my reusable bottle!

    1. Ugh, I’m so sorry you’re struggling with that Claire! You have to look out for you & baby first and foremost, and stay hydrated the best you can. No need to feel ashamed!! I do swear by our water machine though. We buy the 5 gallon refillable Primo jugs of water and that’s what it dispenses. Maybe that would be a good solution to try? Grab a small gallon jug first to see if it tastes good to you?

  6. Great post and series! Added to cart.

  7. Kylie Wakeley says:

    Love those bottles. I got really challenged a few years ago when I looked at my bin at work (which only got emptied once a week) and saw it just full of takeaway coffee cups. That changed everything. I only use reusable coffee cups (Frank Green – they’re gorgeous!! 😍) and carry a reusable water bottle. We have filtered water at work. Then of course there’s reusable shopping bags and not using plastic wrap on any food. They’re only tiny things but so easy. 😊

    I missed commenting, but the new basement looks incredible! Well done 😊

    1. Thanks for sharing Kylie! I’m looking into them right now :) I make my own coffee at home each morning and use my mugs, I also take my reusable shopping bags to the store with me :) You’re so right though- tiny things add up to make a BIG difference. Oh- and thanks about the basement! :) xox

  8. I just ordered 2 dozen cotton napkins so I can stop using paper ones! I ordered dark stripes and colorful stripes to hide any possible stains. This is a simple change that my husband and son are also on board with.

    1. I love that idea, Jennifer! While we do have cloth napkins, I really would like to switch from paper towels to cloth dish rags / towels too. That one has proved to be more challenging for us.

  9. I got the water bottles. Love them!! Thank you.

    1. Yay!! So glad to hear it. I actually ordered another set so we could have six in our regular kitchen fridge, and six in the basement. They’re so handy!! Enjoy :)

  10. Meg Evans says:

    It makes me so happy to see people making more environmentally conscious choices, thank you for sharing! I feel very lucky to live in Wales, where the water from the tap is absolutely lovely so I would never have this problem! I have my trusty Chillies bottles now for when at work and out and about.

    1. Me too, Meg! You’re so lucky to have delicious water from the tap. That’s wonderful! Have a great week :)