We Get Greener Kit Cassingham & her Bigger Half

Plastic Pollution

GraceOnline, one of my Twitter friends, shared this video about the horrors of plastic pollution.

There are some disturbing scenes in this video. Graphic examples of the problems plastic causes in the wild.

I have been trying to avoid buying and using plastic for awhile, and it gets harder all the time. I can't buy apple cider in glass gallon jugs any more. My favorite peanut butter -- Adam's Natural, Crunchy -- isn't available in large glass jars, that I can find; that's a recent change. Condiments are packaged mostly in plastic now. Fruits and vegetables are wrapped in plastic, something I saw happening in Philadelphia grocery stores in 1976, but it's a more recent phenomenon here.

When I buy carbonated beverages I try to avoid the plastic rings, but when I can't I cut them up so the various size holes don't trap animals; I like cardboard packaging much better. If I have plastic bags, I don't let them flutter away for wildlife to swallow; they become either trash or get recycled.

Where's it going to end?


GraceOnLine has taken a bad bit of news and made it worse! Thanks, GraceOnLine. She found an article that talks about some plastics that do breakdown in the ocean -- releasing their toxins for sea life.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water.....


Kit Cassingham at May 17, 2010 2:47 PM

Sobering stuff.

I'm a big fan of fizzy water, and started to feel guilty about getting it in plastic bottles, transportation (even using glass), the carbon footprint etc. So I started looking into making my own. There are kits out there with fancy equipment, that use disposable, or proprietary, CO2 canisters, but the more I looked the less cost effective and less sustainable they became.

Long story short I have a 20# aluminum CO2 bottle, cost me $15 to fill. Used bottle and regulator, and a couple bucks worth of hardware, and I make my own now. One site I found that really helped me with the details calculates it costs about 4ยข/bottle. With the increased amount we drink I think it paid for itself in a few months. And I get a bit of a workout (30sec or so) every time I shake up a fresh bottle.

I'd like to go to pure PP or PE as opposed to PET bottles. On the other hand, I'm still using the 3 bottles I bought months ago.

Happened to have one url handy:


Riley at May 27, 2010 2:16 PM

Hey, Riley! Mr. Skeptic makes his own fizzy water too, though I believe he buys cartridges. I'll point him this way. Will the engineer in him be intrigued with your solution? Time will tell, and so might Mr. Skeptic!


Kit Cassingham at May 27, 2010 3:20 PM

Hi Kit,

Right now mine is in proof of concept stage. It works so well I haven't proceeded. But I'm thinking of getting a little cabonator and putting it in a small cooler, maybe cannibalize the refrigeration out of a water dispenser. You know, the kind with a 5 gal bottle. Here's a link to a carbonator on ebay: http://is.gd/ctk3Z

Nice picture of you and Mr Skeptic here. But you should stand up.


Riley at May 28, 2010 11:57 AM

Thanks for the pointer to your idea, Riley. Do let us know how it works out.

Silly Wabbit, that's not Mr. Skeptic in the photo with me, that's My Bigger Half. The reason it appears I'm not standing up is so that you can better see him and understand he's the man behind the Force-to-be-Reckoned-With. LOL!


Kit Cassingham at May 28, 2010 1:20 PM
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