308.4 lbs CO2 Per Year
$576 Savings Per Year
Stop drinking soda to save your health and the environment!
Remember the Boston Tea Party? (Tea tax? Samuel Adams? Bunch of Colonial longshoremen in not-very-convincing costumes dumping crates of tea off British ships?) Well, think of this Challenge as a Green Tea Party. But don’t throw anything into your local harbor. Show your spirit by dumping bottled soft drinks from your menu for a month. Americans drink an estimated 14.3 billion gallons of soft drinks and sports drinks each year. Bringing that number down is a carbon revolution! Now, doesn’t that homebrewed iced tea taste better already?
It’s tough not to enjoy a cold bottle of pop – but do you know how bad soda is for your health and the environment? An eight-year study involving 50,000 nurses showed a correlation between drinking one or more sugar-sweetened beverages increases one’s risk of developing diabetes by 80 percent compared to those who drink less than one such beverage per month. Aside from the fact that soda has no nutritional value,or that it contributes to childhood obesity, soda is even worse for the environment than bottled water. First of all, a main ingredient in may soft drinks is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which contains mercury. And for those that think diet soda is a better choice, think again! Sugar substitutes have been attacked for years for potentially being carcinogenic. Additionally, consider the fact that soda comes in plastic bottles and aluminum cans. While cans are often recycled, bottles are not. By drinking water and using a reusable refillable bottle, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint.
Try drinking healthy alternatives, like water, instead of soda. You’ll feel healthier while contributing to the health of the environment!
The average American consumes 1.6 cans of soda every day for a grand total of 597 cans of soda per year. Imagine what a burden this consumption places on both our bodies and the earth!
And here are a bunch more reasons about why the bottle themselves are a killer. Water bottle facts