Want proof on how much I over think everything?
A few weeks ago, my husband bought a Klean Kanteen.
Now, you may remember that we are on the grad school budget. Which means our income is small, and therefore our expenses must be small, small, small. So basically he spent the next two weeks telling me how much he really did need the new water bottle and how much better it was than his old one. And how he got it half off at Amazon.
You know you’re in grad school when you spend 2 weeks justifying a $15 purchase.
It didn’t bother me that he bought a new one. The fact we have a million other water bottles kind of annoys me though. But here’s the problem, I started wanting a new water bottle. ‘Cause you know, I always want new things.
But like I said, we have water bottles. Don’t believe me? Currently we have:
1. An Eddie Bauer plastic water bottle (which doesn’t say BPA free on the label)
2. A Camelbak water bottle I stole from my sister so that I could take it on the plane (It is BPA free).
3. A metal water bottle that is actually one of our JV housemates, and I should probably return, even if its been a couple years.
4. An old Nalgene water, pre-BPA scare.
5 & 6. 2 Trek water bottles for our bikes.
8. A old plastic college water bottle that my husband agreed that I could donate to Goodwill.
9. My husband’s aforementioned water bottle.
So here’s the problem:
I don’t want to contribute to more trash. For my public health class, we just spent last week reading about waste management and so now I’m convinced I’m ruining the world every time I throw anything away. Well, not really, but kinda.
Also because of said public health class, I’m convinced that all toxins are killing me (and BPA has been linked to prostate cancer, so its not a stretch for me to imagine it’s causing my bladder problems).*
So I don’t want to buy a new water bottle, and I don’t want to drink out of any of our old BPA death traps. The solution? Buy a new cap from Sigg for my one that is missing a cap. Problem? It’s $7 to do so. For a mere twice as much, I could just get a new water bottle. But I’m trying to resist the urge to contribute to more trash, right?
Then I read this article. Apparently my Sigg has BPA in it too.
So I think I’m gonna be getting a new water bottle. But the problem is, what should I do with our old ones? Is it ethical to donate them to Goodwill? Should we recycle them? At least I can return our borrowed ones, I suppose. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
*My husband just pointed out that I don’t have a prostate. I do realize that. I’m just saying – they’re both organs, you know, who knows….