Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Opt for a fountain drink instead of a bottle or can of soda.
Some restaurants will give you the choice between a fountain drink or a can or bottle of your favorite soda; choose the fountain drink.
In the United States, more than 100 billion aluminum cans and 22 billion plastic bottles are manufactured every year; only 51 percent of aluminum cans and 7 percent of plastic bottles are recycled. Soda from the fountain produces very little waste (especially if the restaurant serves your drink in a glass instead of a disposable cup), making it a more eco-friendly way to enjoy your favorite beverage.
See all of the other tips in our Go Green series.