Monday, September 20, 2010

Do The Reuse Challenge by Aladdin: Isn't It Time For Your Family To Participate?

This post brought to you by Aladdin. All opinions are 100% mine.

 What's the Do The Reuse Challenge

So glad you asked! 

 It’s a 30-day commitment to give up disposable paper cups, water bottles, or food containers. Everyone’s welcome to participate (the more, the better!), and 9 families will be blogging about their experience on our website.

Aladdin decided to promote this idea of challenging us to Re-Use more products to reduce our negative impact on the world around us.

Even better by accepting one of the Do the Reuse Challenges you’ll be able to get discounts and free shipping on selected Aladdin products through our website, That way you can save a little on Aladdin mugs, bottles and snack containers, which will help you save even more. Pretty neat, huh?

Aladdin has come up with some pretty impressive numbers to support the Do The Reuse Challenge:

● 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.
● It costs about $165 a year to make drip coffee at home versus $636 to buy drip coffee at your local café.
● Unless we change our habits, 23 billion paper coffee cups will be thrown out in 2010.
● Nine dollars will generally cover a decent lunch out. If you buy rather than pack a lunch five days a week, you shell out about $2,350 a year. 

You might be wondering at this point how you can Do The Reuse Challenge.  Well it is really rather simple!

Just click “Accept This Challenge” on one (or all!) of the challenge pages. Aladdin will start including the money, calories, and resources you’re saving in our grand total so you can see the impact you are making together. Don't worry if the challenge has already started. You can Do the Reuse for the rest of September, can start your own 30 day challenge from when you accept this one, or use this as the beginning of your commitment to always to the reuse. Reusing makes an impact no matter when you start. 

I think the challenge regarding cutting down on disposable water bottle consumption hits home the hardest!  We drink a ton of water in this house and the tap water is unpleasant at best so we buy tons of bottled water. I took a look around my cupboards and found more re-usable water bottles then I can count!  My challenge will be to utilize the re-usable water bottles and instead of buying lots of disposable water bottles, I will buy the gallon jugs and make my own portable water containers!  Easy enough to do!

make sure to follow Aladdin on Facebook to keep up with all the latest Do The Reuse Challenge news!

And tell me what challenge will you be taking for your family to achieve?




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