Continual learning is a big thing for me. I truly believe the minute you stop learning you pretty much die. So much growth comes from learning and we should strive to never stop learning. Keep an open mind and the possibilities are endless.

In triathlon we get the opportunity to learn everyday. If we listen, we can learn so much from each session, how our other choices have impacted that session both positively and negatively and make minute adjustments to somewhere down the line achieve our intended outcomes. Learning is cool. Period.

Last October in Maui for Xterra World Champs, I was fortuitous enough to meet some really cool people. Always some good stories how it happens but those are for other times. One person in particular whom I met after the race is a guy named Raoul de Jongh who writes one of South Africa’s most successful sports blog called Urban Ninja and Raoul is also a very handy athlete.

Urban Ninja has fast become one of my most enjoyed blogs and over the coming weeks, months and hopefully longer I’ll post some of Raoul’s blogs. There’s some learning to be had within Urban-Ninja so I recommend you add it to your RSS feed.

This first post is more of a guest of a guest post but it’s a post about something very important and ultimately something we can each make a decision on effective immediately. Below is about being more informed. For most of us our tap water when filtered is perfect. We do not need to ever buy water in plastic bottles. Read on and make your on decision but we have made ours. I fill up from taps on my rides and runs and filter my house tap water. The only places I drink from a bottle is in some Asian countries. Think of the true cost the next time you reach for ultra pure bottled water.

Super interesting video and something we should all be considering.
Bottled water is a big problem affecting us every day. At Nedbank, you
cannot get a single bottle of water anywhere. They are cleaning up their
act as part of their initiatives to leave less of a footprint on the
environment. My mate Dax had this to say about bottled water, something
he is truly passionate about:

Ok, I’m back and I’ve done my research. There is quite a lot of info
on the Internet as usual, just type in “bottled water environment bad”
and you’ll have enough reading material to keep you entertained the
whole long weekend (I love long weekends by the way). I’m going to
summarize the important points for you. If you want more info, do your
own research.

So, I think we are all aware that in the last few years, bottled
water has become quite popular in South Africa. The reasons people give
is that it’s purer (therefore healthier) and tastes better than tap
water. The other reason which few people would admit to is that it makes
you look cooler and wealthier if you spurn tap water. If you want to
look cool at the cost of the environment, then I guess that’s your
choice. If you don’t drink tap water here because you think it tastes
bad then, I guess that’s your taste. Although I don’t believe you for a
second because the water here tastes great. I’ve drunk the tap water in
many countries and our water is the best I’ve had. Incidentally the
water in Spain tastes so bad that I only drank bottled water when there.

However, if you drink bottled water because you think it’s healthier,
then read on. In 1997, the United Nations Food and Agriculture
Organization concluded that bottled water does not have greater
nutritional value than tap water. That’s assuming the water is actually
from a natural source because another study found that approximately 40%
of bottled water is tap water, some of which has been treated further
(Bonaqua anyone?). There is no way of knowing where the water comes from
and what has been done to it because bottled water in SA is not
regulated.

In addition, if the water is in plastic bottles for a long time, it
can absorb harmful things with funny names from the plastic and they can
give you cancer and other problems. How long do you think water
(especially imported) sits around on trucks and in warehouses and on the
supermarket shelf?

Ok, so what is the environmental impact of consuming bottled water?
MILLIONS of tons of plastic pollution which takes up to 1000 years to
biodegrade. Large scale consumption of fossil fuels to make the plastic
bottles, large scale consumption of fossil fuels to transport them (a
large percentage of water is drunk outside the country it was bottled
in) and large scale depletion of water reserves which serve a purpose in
sensitive ecology webs.

I think the best option is to get a good quality water filter and drink filtered tap water. Think about it.

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I read this
article as well which states that it takes up to 7 times as much water
to transport the water in a bottle, so if you buy a imported (the
calculation is on imported water) 1.5 liter, it took 10.5 Liters of
water to transport that liter to where you bought it. That freaked me
out a little, really.

There are times when it’s virtually impossible to drink bottled water
but with a little more preparation you should be able to cut out
bottled water from your lives and collectively, as is the case with
anything to do with helping our environment, we can make a difference.
Take the 2 extra minutes and use a water filter. Stop using bottles not
only for the plastic waste, but for the actual waste of water is it.