Yesterday a neighbor asked if she could come over while work was being done on her house. Of course! I knew she drank a lot of soda but was shocked when she walked in with a 2 liter bottle of Pepsi and drank straight from the bottle. I learned she drinks a full 2 liter bottle of Pepsi daily.
Soda damages our health in more ways than was first believed, you may want to read this article if you drink soda. Here are just a few:
- Makes us susceptible to Diabetes
- Increase in dental cavities
- Increases weight gain
- Contains high fructose corn syrup most-likely from GMO corn. We have no idea what effect GMO foods can have on the body yet
- Dehydrates the body.
- Increased risk of developing diseases such as heart disease and gout.
- And all carbonated drinks increase our risk of osteoporosis.
That’s just what it does to our body. Then there’s also the impact on the environment from the plastic bottle which uses a lot of water and petroleum to make, to the shipping of all that weight across the country and the inevitable landfill waste of tossing the empty bottles away.
Wait you say, those bottles are recyclable. Yes, they are if there are buyers who want them and only if you remove the caps. Bottles sent to the recycling center with the caps still on them will be diverted to the landfill. Plus some municipalities don’t have recycling, my town doesn’t so 30 bottles a month end up going straight from my friend’s home to the landfill a month.
Speaking of Pepsi, the company just announced that they will be changing the sweeteners used in their diet soda. They say it’s because people are concerned about the effects aspartame can have on their health, I say it’s because they are losing money as people move away from diet sodas. If Pepsi was concerned for their customer’s health they wouldn’t be replacing aspartame with a blend of sucralose and acesulfame potassium.
Sucralose, also known as Splenda is is made by replacing two of the molecules from table sugar with chlorine. Splenda has negative side effects which can include headaches and itchy eyes to depression.
Acesulfame Potassium is more worrying to me. Short term side effects may include vision, auditory and motor functioning long term side effects may affect functioning of the overall central nervous system. Learn more here.
When you know the facts it’s hard to watch someone you care for drink sodas on a regular basis. While you can’t change another person’s behavior you can do something about the environmental impact of tossing out all these bottles.
If you know people who drink soda from 2 liter plastic bottles you may want to consider collecting a few and reusing them. By offering to take your friend’s empty soda bottles you can keep them out of the landfill and prevent more plastic from ending up in our waterways.
Here are just a few of the many ideas for re-purposing plastic soda bottles available on Pinterest.
A simple irrigation method I plan to add to help my trees, especially the thirsty almond tree. You can use this for any and all of your garden plants. By feeding the roots directly, and not the entire garden space, you save water.
You can also use them as self-watering planters like this.
Or dress them up to make hanging planters.
Don’t have a garden? Why not make a few bird feeders for your yard or as gifts to give bird lovers.
And finally, soda bottles can make great food storage containers for things such as rice and legumes.