This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Aladdin. All opinions are 100% mine.

Reusable CupWhen I was in second grade, Mrs. Black talked to us about litter. This was back in the day of public service announcements  featuring Smoky the Bear (“Only you can prevent forest fires”) and Woodsy Owl (“Give a hoot; don't pollute”) and the Indian chief with the tear on his cheek. It was then I knew it was my patriotic duty to keep the world clean.

I'm no environmentalist. The movement is fueled more by politics and power than common sense. But being good stewards of the planet is another thing entirely. It only makes sense to be reasonable in our consumption and being careful about the impact we have on resources. We are heavily into recycling and generally try to be responsible.

With that in mind, I'd like encourage you to accept the Do The Reuse Challenge. In a nutshell, it's a 30-day commitment to give up disposable paper cups, water bottles, or food containers. Can you join us?

You can make an immediate impact by simply making smarter choices. For example, in the United States, 50 billion disposable water bottles are consumed per year; 137,000 per day. If just a hundred regular water drinkers take the challenge, this number can be reduced by tens of thousands per year. It's as simple as filling a reusable water bottle each day. Simple and cost effective!

Do you regularly hit Starbucks for your morning pick-me-up in a disposable cup? Brew your own and put it in a reusable travel mug. Saves a big pile of garbage and $471 per year!

Right now we're living out of suitcases — and that means a lot of takeout. But once we move into the house, we're going to jump in on the challenge and see how we do. I'm guessing, if nothing else, we will become much more aware of just how much needless garbage we produce.

The challenge is sponsored by Aladdin. Find out more about the challenge on their site or follow Aladdin on Facebook. Oh, and if you accept the challenge, you can get discounts and free shipping on selected Aladdin products!

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