Alex and I used to buy a lot of water bottles. When we decided to change that habit we installed a water filter on the faucet. I keep a water pitcher in the refigerator, and when it gets low, I refill it. I’m worried about the ecological impact of the filter – it has a disposable part and we use about two of those a year, but I’m still using it for now to filter out the chlorinated taste. Our water comes from North Perry water district, it’s local ground water, and I check the testing stats once in a while.
I tried a lot of re-usable water bottles before I settled on my current favorite, a plastic bottle with a pop-up lid. I keep that in the refrigerator too and grab it just before I hit the road.
Next we switched from drinking sodas and fruit juices to drinking water and tea. I keep loose black tea in a lidded ceramic jar. About once a week I make two batches of tea, one with sugar and one without, to fit the various house tastes. I fill two tea balls with tea, hang them in two pitchers, and put sugar in one pitcher. I heat water in the kettle until just before it whistles. One kettle fills one pitcher. I pour the water in the pitchers and leave the tea balls to steep for a while. Whenever I get back into the kitchen I look at the pitchers, and when the brew looks reasonably dark, I pull the tea balls.
I leave the pitchers on the counter until they’re completely cool. If I put them in the refrigerator while hot they’ll heat up the whole refrigerator. When I pack my own food-to-go I often take a thermos of iced tea with it.
This whole post sounds so duh simple. But you know, I didn’t make my own tea until I saw Ted’s mom’s system and realized how easy it is. Always having water and tea in the refrigerator helps me to avoid sugar drinks and adding to the water bottle waste stream.