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I’ll come out and confess that I am not a “Save the World”, kinda girl. I am all about doing my part but am pretty bad at remembering to recycle, I love my airconditioning and leave the water running when I brush my teeth. I was asked recently though to take the Aladdin Challenge and see if I could not use any paper cups, water bottles or food containers for 30 days.
At first this was too daunting, but while I’m not always about saving the world I am always up for a good challenge!!
Really though I want you to consider taking this challenge with me because of the money it can potentially save you over 30 days:
- Coffee at home, maybe $15 — Coffee out everyday $60-$90
- Bring your own lunch, maybe $60 — Eat out for lunch $150
- Carrying a Reusable Bottle for Water, free — Buying Water or Soda $40
Just changing those three things you’ve saved over $175 in one month!!!
Okay, for the folks that love the “eco” side of things here are numbers for you:
- Seven million barrels of oil are used to produce the disposable bottles Americans go through in one year.
- In the United States, 50 billion disposable water bottles are consumed per year; 137,000 per day; 1,585 per second.
- Unless we change our habits, 23 billion paper coffee cups will be thrown out in 2010.
Are you up for it?
Click to join the “Do the Reuse Challenge” or find out more about it. When you sign up you’ll get special discounts on Aladdin reusable products and FREE shipping (I’m all about a deal). Get more tips and encouragement as you partake on your challenge from Aladdin on Facebook.
Aladdin sent me two of their containers – a plastic water bottle and a thermos. The awesome part, they are both microwave and dishwasher safe! I tipped the Thermos over in my purse, and dropped it in the car and had zero leakage. Awesome!
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Are you up for the Challenge? Do you think it would help save money? Would you do it for the money or the environment?