Go green while drinking water

This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Jill – congratulations!

Eco-friendly water bottles are everywhere these days, which is great with all the BPA news in recent years.  BioGreen Bottles are biodegradable sports bottles, which means they will break down into carbon dioxide, water and biomass within a reasonable amount of time in the natural environment.

Unlike corn based plastic, BioGreen Bottles are recyclable and are not affected by heat or light. They degrade into biogas and a biomass that actually adds nutrients to the soil.  They’re some of the most environmentally responsible plastic bottles on the market.
water bottle

So, in a nutshell, these are bottles that actually help the environment in several ways – they are made from recycled materials, they completely break down into beneficial compounds in a short amount of time, and they are also 100% recyclable if they do wind up at a recycling station.  And they’re BPA, DEHA, and DEHP-free.

One Simple Mom reader will win a family pack of water bottles for the whole family!

Here’s How To Win:

1. Leave a comment on this post, answering this question – What do you think is the biggest environmental concern these days?

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3. Finally, to get a third entry, post or tweet about this giveaway – if you use the URL of this post, I’ll receive it – no need to email me.

This giveaway will end this Monday, February 2 at noon EST. I hope you win!

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Am I really first???
    I think, personally, the biggest concern is all the waste. On every level! We waste SO much as a society and if we all just do our part, even if just a little, I think it would help so much.

  2. I don’t really know what to say is the biggest concern, but the biggest conern for me would have to be wasting our resources that God has given us.

  3. I think we must aim to reduce. Recycling is wonderful, but we need to use less to begin with. I was amazed at the waste involved in the opening of Christmas presents. All of the excess packaging…yikes!

  4. I don’t know what the biggest environmental concern is in the world right now, but it just seems to me that people throw away so much stuff and it all piles up in landfills. It’d be great if people recycled more and bought fewer packaged goods.

  5. Thinking we NEED so much. And everything has to be brand spanking new.

  6. Plastic bags. People don’t always recycle them and that just means more bags in the trash. We need to cut down our consumption and recycle the rest.

  7. Our biggest environmental concern is “excess”; excess paper, plastic, buying, wasting… Most of our environmental concerns would be lessened if people would just cut-back, reuse, and buy when necessary. It’s actually really simple and I don’t feel deprived at all!

  8. I agree with the commenters before me – the excessive amounts of waste. I’m always amazed at the amount of trash that is left on the table when we finish a meal at a fast food restaurant. And I have yet to see a recycling program in a fast food restaurant.

  9. I think I have to agree with the above comments: waste and excess! People could make do with so much less-food and belongings…not that there’s anything wrong with having things or eating good food, but it would reduce consumption drastically if we would just be more aware of these areas.

    Becky´s last blog post…25 Random Things About Me

  10. I would guess pollution to be a huge environmental concern. Pollution from cars, factories, waste that does not break down, toxins from cleaners and other chemicals…

  11. We need to be good stewards of the things God has blessed us with and not be wasteful.

    Jenny´s last blog post…

  12. I think the biggest environmental problem right now is people not taking time to look at the big picture….. meaning how our actions now (even in the small things) will affect future generations. Because of the busyness of most people’s lives nowadays we often don’t take the time to be intentional in our actions and see beyond the “now”.

  13. I’m not sure what the biggest problem is but it seems like the waste thing is most evident to me – and fixable!

  14. Sooo much trash.

  15. Willingness to make the difficult changes on both the small scale and the large scale. Many people and companies are just not willing to put in the effort.

  16. I think the biggest problem is just the general wastefulness of our society. People constantly assume that everything is disposable and replenishable. I think the current economic times will probably solve some of that.

  17. Just lost my water bottle so this would be a welcome replacement!

    I won’t pretend to be an environmental scientist right now, but I think access to clean water is a huge environmental problem.

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  18. Emissions, I think, because they seem to be causing the most direct damage.

  19. I think is the biggest environmental concern these days is the use of fossil fuels.

  20. Oh, the waste makes me crazy. It is so easy to recycle instead of tossing it away, especially in my town. We are allowed to recycle nearly everything and don’t even have to separate it – just put it out for the recycling truck. But even w/ that, people are still tossing away what should be getting recycled. Aaargh.
    This is a great giveaway!

    Michelle´s last blog post…Peanut Butter Granola Bars

  21. I think the biggest environmental concern is consumption. There is a finite amount of … stuff … fossil fuel, clean water, fish in the sea, arable land, etc. etc. and humans consume it all as if there were an unlimited supply.

  22. water conservation–we live in one of many areas where there is not enough rain to make up for the water that is being used

    Gabriel´s last blog post…Conversation with an Accent

  23. All the packaging waste drives me crazy. Granted, if we were a society that was less prone to impulse buying & “needing” every little thing under the sun, then that would automatically reduce the amount of waste produced from all the packaging.

    Vicki´s last blog post…Slow & Steady

  24. Too much trash as others have said.

    Jessica´s last blog post…Fun Friday

  25. My biggest environmental concern is global warming. I know that I won’t see much of a change in my lifetime but I know my children and grandchildren will have a drastically different world if we don’t start changing the amount of CO2 we emit.
    I actually just wrote about this on my blog, and was amazed at how many people said they didn’t think global warming was really happening!

    Nikki´s last blog post…Challenging Thoughts:Return of the Prodigal Son Part 1

  26. We are all just soooo wasteful. It’s a terrible habit that is perpetuated by our consumer culture. Everything is disposable. It makes me very sad.

  27. I think it is the feel to need so much stuff, so there is always too much stuff floating around and wasted. Packaging is also so wasteful and bulky.

    Julie´s last blog post…Updates from Zach

  28. meat (and other food) production.

  29. Waste, waste, waste. On every level!

    Lazy Mom Leslie´s last blog post…And the Lazy Loot Goes to

  30. I agree, global warming is the biggest problem– waste contributes to it, but carbon emissions are the result of much more than irresponsible wastage. It’s a huge problem. It’s a scary problem. And I hope we can all tackle it together for the sake of our children. I want my kids to have a safe planet on which to live. And I want your kids to live safe and healthy lives too.

    Kim´s last blog post…On Why One Should Ask If Uncertain.

  31. I think the biggest environmental concern is garbage/waste. I think we think too little about it. We should try to reuse!

  32. I can’t believe how many people DON’T recycle!!

    Lynette´s last blog post…Poppyseed Chicken

  33. I believe our concern should lie with water pollution and we should always be mindful of what we wash with, clean with, flush, etc – it will all come back to us.

    Kelly MArch´s last blog post…Love in a jar

  34. Wow, tough question. Everything we’re doing to our planet seems irrevocable to me, but as an American the thing I see the most and balk at is urban sprawl. I can’t fathom how our planet can continue to support the billions of people who are spreading further and further into wild areas.

    liz (perspicacious.org)´s last blog post…some pics of my classroom

  35. So hard to come up with a ‘simple’ answer to this one.
    I think the short-sightedness and ridiculously fast pace common in (inherent to?) our culture leads to enormous excess and waste. Both have terrible repurcussions on our environment.

  36. On a global scale, I would say clean water. Locally, too much trash! I hate when walking around the neighborhood after dinner I can see recyclables put out in the trash.

    Leah´s last blog post…No longer stuck on me

  37. I would have to say waste.

  38. I think the biggest concern is all the waste we have!

  39. Global warming.

  40. Plastics – bags, bottles, diapers, you name it. It’s so unhealthy for the environment and still be there when our great-great-great-great grandchildren come along. That’s just sad.

  41. I think the amount of household waste. We, as a family, are trying to throw less away and reuse more of our stuff. I have begun making the kids clothes from my husband’s and my own old shirts, for example. The other thing we’ve done is assign the kids a “towel for the day” in the kitchen so we’re not buying and using paper towels and napkins. We’ve actually been having fun with it, plus it saves us money. We would love to try these water bottles! Thanks!

  42. Waste, waste, waste….if only we would buy only what we need, and not what we want!!

  43. Sadly, there are many to choose from. I think that overconsumption and polluting our resources is at the top of the list. What a cool product, thanks for the giveaway!

  44. I have to agree with all of the other posters that waste in general is the biggest environmental concern today. What really gets me – even just in my neighborhood – is the amount of recyclable items that end up in the trash as instead of the recycle bin! We have both trash and recycling pickup, and too many people simply can’t be bothered with putting recyclable items in to a separate bin. With just this small amount of effort, we could all make a BIG difference.

    Katherine´s last blog post…Free eBay Selling Book

  45. Maybe toxins in our water…

    Christy´s last blog post…simple skirt for spring

  46. Simple waste. Not using our resources but just throwing them away.

  47. I do think that the amount of bottles we use is ridiculous. We need to recycle more–for some reason, my neighborhood doesn’t recycle. I’m pretty sure it should be a LAW.

    Allison (Dog Mom)´s last blog post…Video Viernes!

  48. I agree with Katherine–it’s when recycling programs are not used when they are available. There really are no excuses. It’s so easy and how lucky are many of us to have bins provided for us and regular pick ups?!

  49. I’m going to echo all those who said waste. Buying things with excess packaging, throwing things away that still have use in them, constant upgrading to ‘newer and better’ products, just plain not being mindful of how much we are throwing away.

    Loretta´s last blog post…How can I keep from singing?

  50. I think our country’s fixation with materialism has led to a horrible situation with waste disposal. We must do something to not only encourage recycling of things like paper, cardboard, plastics and glass, but also discourage the feeling that everything has to be NEW!

    Lisha´s last blog post…dan dan noodles with pickled cucumbers – part deux

  51. I think in our culture the culprit would have to be waste, especially plastics. Hearing how much plastic has made it’s way into the ocean is sickening. Globally it may be clean water. I didn’t know the type of plastic these water bottles are made of existed – sounds awesome!

  52. First off, many of our concerns go hand-in-hand or are linked one to the other. I often feel concern about toxicity: in the air, water, food we consume, and believe much disease is linked to this problem. Obviously as we choose to reduce waste and live more simply (should enough of us take action) this will, in turn, decrease the toxins that our bodies are exposed to.

  53. I believe the biggest environmental concern right now is simply people’s attitudes about what they need and want. We do not need everything we think we do! And the waste! If we would spend 5 minutes a day truly evaluating what our needs vs. wants are, we would have less, use less, and have a much more stable environment in every way.

    Elizabeth´s last blog post…Iced in Again

  54. I agree with many other people that wasting our God-given resources in a major concern.

  55. I don’t know if it is the biggest problem, but the widespread use of pesticides is surely going to haunt us for a long time. I am glad to learn about these bottles! Thanks.

  56. Clean, available water. So many people in our world don’t have access to clean water. We waste the water we have and we treat our oceans like garbage dumps. Water is a life source, we need to conserve what we have and make it available to everyone.

  57. It’s hard to give a single “worst”, as they are often hand-in-hand. Awareness and resistance to change are probably key. Lots of folks are on the “bandwagon” to be greener, but only where it’s trendy. No one wants to be inconvenienced or make truly greener choices (such as composting, or driving less…cooking at home, less shopping and so on).

  58. I think our disposable culture causes the biggest problems. We throw things away, rather than fixing them. It causes waste of money and resources, not to mention the pollution.

    Kimberly´s last blog post…Family Tree (kind of)

  59. I would say plastic bags. It is astonishing how many ocean mammals die from plastics, not to mention how terrible they are for our environment. We just made the switch to green bags and I’m thrilled!

    Angie @ The Creative Mama´s last blog post…the go-to bag.

  60. Attitudes are the biggest environmental concern. I tend to hang with people who are concerned about the environment, so I always feel a little slapped in the face when I hear some of the attitudes that are clearly rampant. We continue to justify “using up” the natural resources, rather than creating sustainable ways. The attitudes have to change before we can affect real change in the world. Hopefully, there will be some hard choices for people to make that will make the sustainable way more obvious.

    anja´s last blog post…Bike/Bus Winter Commute Planning

  61. For me personally, it’s waste…. I can’t believe how much garbage comes out of this household of 5!

  62. My biggest environmantal concern is whether or not our small communities will be able to afford recycling programs. It is so important!

  63. Waste and want!

  64. too much of everything which leads to too much waste.

    Denise´s last blog post…blue

  65. Pesiticides and herbicides.

  66. Raising kids in a society that is egocentric. Kids don’t think about how their actions have long lasting effects whether it be an immense amount of waste or polluting the air with cars galore.

    Pamela´s last blog post…9 Months…well closer to 10 now!

  67. What a great product!

    I’m no expert, but I think the cars we drive add a lot of waste to the environment, not to mention all the gas they consume.

    Colleen – Mommy Always Wins´s last blog post…I’m being THAT kind of girl again.

  68. I agree with all that said waste and excess but lately I have been more and more concerned about what exactly makes up some of our everyday items and food. I have been shocked to find some things out.

  69. I think waste. But particularly I think so much of the disposable packaging that everything comes in is crazy wasteful.

    MommyAmy´s last blog post…My Thoughts on Octuplets

  70. Cutting down our use of electricity.

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  71. So many things, but recycling is huge. When we lived in California they had mandatory recycling, but sadly Oklahoma doesn’t pick it up with the trash.

    Emily´s last blog post…Happy Boy

  72. Global warming

  73. my biggest organizational challenges are too much paper, not knowing what to keep and procrastinating. Of course having 3 kids doesn’t help but I was disorganized before I had kids. They actually help me be more efficient~ kyndale

  74. Where to begin? I guess I’d have to say consumerism and over-consumption of goods which lead to overproduction of waste.

  75. I think the powers-that-be are going to be fighting re the existence and/or cause of global warming for quite awhile, and since I don’t have a science degree, I am unlikely to jump into the fray. However, I do have a home, and I do create garbage, and I do see what landfills look like… so I can at least do my part by following the three R’s to the best of my ability in our house.

  76. polluted water

  77. Global warming really frightens me!

  78. I think the biggest problem is people who believe things they read on the internet. Stuff like this:
    disposed of
    in a landfill, dump or backyard compost pile.
    Unlike corn based plastic,BioGreen BottlesTM
    are recyclable and are not affected by heat
    or light. They degrade into biogas and a
    biomass that actually adds nutrients to the soil.

    That’s contradictory– how can something be “not affected by heat or light” and yet will “degrade” into anything? Does the discerning consumer ask “What exactly is ‘biomass’? “BioGreen BottlesTM [are] made from low density poly ethylene (LDPE) plastic with
    Bio-BatchTM additive.” LDPE plastic is plastic. It’s a petrochemical. It breaks down into “biomass”? Really? The website says the “bio-gas” is METHANE which “can” be harvested for fuel– and many landfills do, now. But do you harvest it in your backyard compost (which is where they suggest you compost it)? No, you don’t. Can Methane be harmful to the environment? Yes it can. And what’s more, everything that breaks down makes Methane as a byproduct. So they are marketing as some advantage, and it’s really not. But it sounds good! “Bio-gas”!

    Amy Jones´s last blog post…Garden Victory

  79. oh me, me, me PLEASE! we drink and drink and drink water ALL the time. We would put these to good use. No waste. Which leads me to what I think it the biggest problem. WASTE.

    use it up, wear it out. make it do, or do without.

    Bekah´s last blog post…just what I needed

  80. Goodness, I don’t know if I can pick just one. I saw one comment that we always have to have the latest and greatest and that is so true of our society. What happens to all those cell phones each year when people upgrade? I’ve seen the 20/20 episode and it’s scary.

  81. I think schools should do more to educate children on environmental issues.

    Katy´s last blog post…What A Difference A Week Makes!

  82. I think our biggest environmental challenge is our dependence on oil.

  83. Probably the landfills – we (people in general) just have, and waste, and throw away too much stuff!

  84. I think people want too much & waste too much!

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  85. Niki from NorCal says:

    I think we need to use green, sustainable energy like solar and wind power.

  86. Southern Gal says:

    I don’t know the biggest concern. But being good stewards and taking care of what the Lord has blessed us with is the best way to go.

  87. the lack of carbon dioxide sequestration. distribution of carbon credits just “passes” the CO2 around

  88. I think that we are too wasteful these days! We buy, buy, buy…then trash, trash, trash!

  89. I am currently listening to The Omnivore’s Dilemma. So, while this issue is endlessly multi-faceted, the way our food is produced, transported and consumed is currently at the top of my list. It is causing damage, both to the environment and to ourselves, that the average consumer has little insight into. Food, locally and responsibly produced, and locally consumed would do immeasurable good.

  90. My biggest environmental concern is pesticides and harmful chemicals in the air and water supply.

  91. Hmm… I think the biggest environmental concern is probably the ozone depletion causing the ice sheets to melt. That spirals into so many problems…

  92. The biggest concern is that so many people just don’t get it. They don’t believe they personally cause global warming or can help the environment so they don’t bother thinking about it.

  93. I’ll agree with waste but it’s more then that. It’s our whole consumer thinking. We live in a disposable nation. We are in the mentality that if something breaks we toss it and get another one, commercials on TV are advertising one use paper plates for family meals, our trash is hauled away each week never to be thought about again. Because we don’t really see the trash just piling up and we don’t feel like the resources are limited, we don’t think about using then disposing of it.

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  94. It has to be the waste. Our society, on the whole, still has not learned how to “reduce,” which is so vital in cutting down on the waste.

    Cara´s last blog post…One Small Step

  95. Packaging that just gets ripped off and ends up in landfills forever. I am always amazed when I get something that has three times as much packaging as the actual item.

  96. Hmm..I’d have to agree that if we all could buy and waste less it would help not only the environment but our level of contentedness. We don’t NEED SO MUCH.

    Becky´s last blog post…Eli’s off his hiatus!

  97. i’m not sure what the biggest concern really is… but since the church where my husband works is across the highway from the city dump, i can say for sure that reducing our waste has GOT to be a priority.

    Krista´s last blog post…Montreal-bound

  98. I know that mine is plastic bags – Over the course of a month we accumulate enough to fill up a large bag. And now that DD isn’t in diapers, I have nothing to do with them! So I’ve started using my canvas bags at the store. It makes a huge difference in the number of bags I bring into the house.

    Michelle G´s last blog post…The Happiest Place on Earth?

  99. Excess Packaging comes to mind, as well as lack of facilities to recycle non- 1&2 plastics.

    Michelle´s last blog post…Quick Stuff

  100. The waste.