Tip of the Day – Get Brita to Take Back the Filter

Posted on April 17, 2008 by Allie

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Beth Terry at Fake Plastic Fish rocks. I love the way she rolls up her sleeves and gets involved when she sees the need for change. Help her in her latest effort!

We all know that we shouldn’t be buying bottled water. The cost to the environment is too high. So we all have our reusable bottles now, and we’re filling up at home. If your tap water tastes a little funny, or you have questions about quality, chances are, you have some sort of filtration system, like a Brita filter.

But what about all of those water pitcher filters? You’re supposed to change them every couple of months. The actual filter comes in plastic casing and it’s not recyclable. But it could be. In fact, in the UK, Brita has a filter take back program, but here in the US, we’re left to toss our filters in the trash.

So, Beth and friends from the Yahoo group she started to discuss the issue have set up TakeBackTheFilter.org to get all of us to take action and ask Brita to make some changes.

Go to TakeBackTheFilter.org to sign the petition, write a letter to Brita (sample letter on the site), and find out how to send your Brita filter cartridges to Beth. She’s collecting filters to send back to Brita as a part of the campaign.

And please help spread the word. Write about it on your blog, or post the Take Back The Filter banner on your site (go to the website for the code).

And learn from Beth Terry. If there’s something you think needs to be changed, speak up, and encourage other people to speak up too.

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  1. Every couple months, really? I think Courtney has been using the same filter for a year or so now.

    Petition has been signed.

    April 17th, 2008 at 3:58 pm
    Comment by mickey
  2. I always wondered about recycling my Brita filter. Thanks for posting about this!

    April 17th, 2008 at 4:15 pm
    Comment by Elizabeth
  3. Thank you for letting us know about this! I personally don’t use Clorox products due to the fact Clorox has no ethics. Mostly due to the fact of animal testing. There are many other filtration systems out there before Clorox and Proctor and Gamble’s most mass marketed filtration systems.

    Though I do appreciate the fact there are people who are trying to change the big bad companies. Hopefully it’s soon, but I doubt it.

    April 17th, 2008 at 4:43 pm
    Comment by Amber
  4. I actually stopped using a Brita because it pained me too much to throw out the filter… this is good!

    April 17th, 2008 at 7:56 pm
    Comment by kir

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