Thursday, May 29, 2008

Why Pay More for Expensive Airport Bottled Water?

Here’s my doh! moment of the day. I’m getting ready for a trip next week and looking for ways to make the flight more eco-friendly (and just less of a drag for me). So I was delighted to stumble upon an EnviroMom post which, in its brilliance, realized something I had completely overlooked: just because you can’t bring water through airport security doesn’t mean you can’t bring a water bottle. EnviroMom Heather advises bringing an empty and just filling it up at a fountain after security.

This is why moms rule. (Why didn’t I think of this, instead of spending 4 bucks/flight for airport bottled water?) This also gives me a chance to use my reusable, compostable “corn bottle” with the screw-in filter, which I can fill at any tap. (I know I should embrace unfiltered water, but I’m not there yet.) While I don't think I’ll buy another corn bottle now that I’ve read about the problems in diverting food crops for other purposes, since I already have it I want to get some use out of it. This will also double as my workout water bottle at the hotel gym. One week, no throwaway plastic bottles at all.

Today’s mitzvah: Give a shout-out to EnviroMom, who has other practical travel tips here.

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Emily said...

It's funny, I had this same revelation just last week, when I flew to and from California. I had a big water bottle and was all "Damn, I'm going to have to get rid of this to get through security...heeeey wait! I can just empty it and refill it once I'm in!"

Brilliance. Sometimes I amaze myself. :)

jen x said...

Emily, I should travel with you! I can't tell you how many times I've grumbled about buying bottled water downstairs at DCRA, and then thrown that bottle *away* before security just to buy an even more extortionately priced bottle of water upstairs after security.

I'm glad to see grad school has made me smarter -- doh! :-)

Stefanie said...

You're not the only one who doesn't like to drink unfiltered water! I don't even drink out of fountains anymore, but part of that has to do with having worked at a daycare and seeing what havoc 2 year olds wreak on them.