I have something to admit. I kind of messed up.
I had a great piece planned for today that would wrap up the whole water bottle situation, ending on a positive note and showing a solution that may well be the future of portable water. I did my research, started setting up an interview with the folks I needed to talk to, and then kind of dropped the ball. Between kids, life, and a broken window screen that just didn’t want to be fixed, the time just got away from me. So, instead of rushing through what I actually think deserves a decent amount of time, I decided to postpone water bottles for a week and share a little video with you.
The piece you see below is something that I made for my site (www.365daysoftrash.com) that seems to have gotten a fair amount of good feedback. Pretty simply put, in it, I show people what I carry on a daily basis with me so that I don’t have to use “disposable” single use items. Ironically enough, I have gotten so used to doing this that I never even thought of sharing it. It took a friend to point out that what I have in my bag is not “normal” and that others may benefit from seeing it.
So that’s what I’ve got for you today. Hopefully it’ll be of interest and maybe even change a few bags and minds out there. The only thing I’ve added recently, which is not in the video, is a Chico bag. Chico bags are lightweight, have their own built in pouch and clip, and are not much bigger than a tin of mints, so I never get stuck without a bag anymore.
If anyone else has any suggestions as to what they carry, I’d love to hear them.
Dave Chameides is an environmental educator and freelance filmmaker. He writes alternative fuel articles for Edmunds.com and maintains the blogs 365 Days of Trash and Achieving Sustainability. While he is presently saving all of his trash for a year to better understand his environmental impact, his main focus is sustainability through education and believes that with knowledge all things are possible.