When you buy a plastic bottle of water you are giving a signal to the world. A signal that you are dumb. Congratulations! You have just spent €1.50 to contribute to plastic waste that is accumulating around the planet. You have spent money on something that you can get from your own tap.

I remember when I first saw bottled water in Ireland in the mid-nineties and my original reaction of disbelief has not changed in twenty years.

“Ah but the bottles are recyclable Stoic Paddy.” In theory perhaps…but how many bottles do you think actually end up in landfill? Many people will dump them in the bin and into the black bin collection. Even if they do go into the green bin collection that is no guarantee that they will be recycled.  Check out this story that will make you think a bit more about what you put in your green bin and think happens.

You may not believe this but when we were thirsty we would just wait until we were home. Imagine that. A thirst that was not immediately quenched. Barbaric shit altogether. Shops used to have one small refrigerator that would contain some fizzy drinks. But now fridges take over half the shop with they mystical array of colours.

#PaddyHint: We didn’t get thirstier. We got dumber.

Image of man in mountains of wasted plastic bottle

So the message is clear.

Stop buying plastic.

Stop buying water.

Save your money.

Stop being a fucking idiot.