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I have a PhD in computational, theoretical physics. As a scientist I studied the energy necessary to mold polymers such as polyethylene into plastic water bottles.
By 1997 it was obvious to me that RECYCLING single use plastic bottles was always going to be of dubious value: RE-USE even ONCE would be far better.
So what does this have to do with flying?
I just flew 6 connecting flights Tel Aviv, Israel to Tijuana, Mexico via Frankfurt and Mexico City return.
TLV ➡️ FRA
FRA ➡️ MEX
MEX ➡️ TIJ
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TIJ ➡️ MEX
MEX ➡️ FRA
FRA ➡️ TLV
My first flight I carried on a plastic water bottle which I brought from home and carried straight through airport security without anyone giving a second glance.
Israel's airport security lets you carry any bottle you like, full, sealed whatever: BECAUSE security checks look for terrorists (the human bit) not ridiculous ideas of binary liquid bombs!
I still had that bottle when I got to Frankfurt but of course I had to pass through German security to transit to my Mexico City flight. At that point I was forced to dump my bottle. I bought a new one as I had a 3 hour layover and ate something.
While going through security a religious Jewish family with numerous kids was pulled up ahead of me arguing over a partially used tube of tooth paste! They were forced to throw this away. Insanity.
All the other airports on my way made me discard and rebuy a perfectly refillable water bottle each time I switched plane!
Something like $2 in Mexico's airports, €4.60 in Frankfurt, and each time a new bottle.
Back in Israel
But when I arrived at the airport in Israel this is what you find in the baggage reclaim area.
A dedicated water bottle refilling station! Bravo Israel. Israel also has the highest use of recycled water in the world. I refilled the bottle I had from Frankfurt for my taxi ride home in Israel.
Eventually I will write a HiveFest post....
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