However, when it comes to drinking water, we are not so considerate about Mother Earth. With over 250 volunteers working various shifts in our “shop”, we see a lot of plastic water bottles. In fact, we provide water to our volunteers in these nasty containers. And a lot of the time, at the end of a shift, we are left with several of them, less a few sips. I have to say that we haven’t been wasteful exactly; all partially-drank bottles find a new home either as boiled water for tea or thirst-quenchers for our plants. But seriously – what plants need bottled water!?
We decided that it’s time for a change in 2011 - we are starting the “Operation Green: No More Plastic” project. We will no longer provide plastic water bottles to our volunteers. Instead, we’ll be encouraging our volunteers to bring their own re-usable water bottles or cups with them for their shifts, so they can remain both hydrated and green.