By now you’d think everyone has heard the message that plastic bottles are bad for the planet, and that everyone is reducing their consumption of these little enviro-bombs as much as possible. You’d be wrong.
It is estimated that only 20% of plastic water bottles in America are recycled each year. This is an astoundingly low percentage when you consider that bottled water outsells milk and, despite the best efforts of college kids everywhere, has nearly overtaken beer sales.
In a national survey in 2007 it was revealed that as many as 72% of Americans don’t know that plastic is an oil-based product, and this same survey revealed that 40% of U.S. citizens believe plastic biodegrades when it gets to “wherever it goes.” Well, “wherever it goes” is roadsides, landfills, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch—a floating mass in the North Pacific Ocean created by global currents and made up of over three million tons of plastic debris. This island of junk covers an area bigger than Texas!
Plastic bottles are also bad for our health. In early 2010 the FDA declared that some plastics contain the toxin Bisphenol A (BPA). More testing is currently underway, but BPA has already been linked to numerous health maladies. And it’s not just found in plastic bottles, either. Aluminum bottles, as well as some steel bottles, are sometimes lined with resins that can leach BPA into the beverages they hold.
Hydro Flasks® are made from 100% recyclable, unlined stainless steel, so when you purchase one you can feel good about knowing that you aren’t filling your body with toxins and the oceans with trash. Good job, you!
Only 200 of these are in production. The Benchmade Gold Class Kulgera is a handcrafted Damasteel knife that is exquisitely beautiful.
– Locking Mechanism: AXIS Lock
– Blade Style & Opener: Modified Utility Drop-Point, Ambidextrous Thumb-Studs
– Blade Steel: Hakkapella Damasteel Blade
– Handle Specs: Hakkapella Damasteel Handles with TiCN Coated Liners, Black Nickel Screws, Clip and Thumb-Studs
– Blade Length: 3.60″ (9.14 cm)
– Blade Thickness: 0.115″ (2.92 mm)
– Open: 8.00″ (20.32 cm)
– Closed: 4.40″ (11.18 cm)
– Weight: 5.3 oz. (150.25 g)
– Handle Thickness: 0.47″ (11.94 mm)
– Country of Origin: USA
Much can be said about the Nike Free and Free+s and how much runners love their midfoot striking action. Much can also be said that the Frees aren’t quite there yet in terms of zero drop. There’s a bit too much heel and tread for the discerning minimalist aficionado.
The answer? Take it to your local cobbler for some nip and tuck.
This article is excerpted from ZERO DROP, a new blog about barefoot and minimalist running by journalist and author Bill Katovsky. The text comes from Katovsky’s “A-Z Guide to Minimalist and Barefoot Running Shoes.”
The barefoot and minimalist running shoe phenomenon has yet to crest. We’ve edged past the “early adopters” phase. Come this spring (2011), when multiple new minimalist-oriented shoes will come to market, the running world is in for one of its biggest fundamental shifts since Nike first introduced its “waffle” tread in 1974.