By David Wilk
During the dozen years that I have been involved in youth sports as a parent and coach, one of the main tasks I’ve performed after every practice and every game has been to clean up after the kids. What has struck me during all these years is the number of plastic water and sports drink bottles we’ve had to throw away.
In my town and most of the towns where my kids’ teams have played, there aren’t any recycling bins for bottles. We can certainly encourage our towns and leagues to make recycling a priority.
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But there’s actually a much better solution, one that will make a significant impact on our environment, locally and globally: reduce the amount of bottled water and bottled sports drinks our kids consume.
Sounds like a challenge, doesn’t it? But there are good reasons why we should find replacements for bottled water and also reduce our consumption of bottled sports drinks. Here’s why:
Here are a few easy things you can do to make a difference:
A lot of these same issues concern bottled sports drinks — they’re mostly water and come in plastic bottles, too. There are plenty of good alternatives to bottled sports drinks, like orange slices, watermelon and other fruits.
I hope this article has been informative and useful to you. Please visit the nonprofit website www.turntotap.com for more information and regular updates about bottled water and the alternatives to its consumption. It’s a volunteer project aimed at making the world a better place for all of us, and you’re welcome to join in.
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David Wilk lives in Weston, Conn., where he is active in youth sports and environmental concerns.
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