If you are someone who cares about the PLANET but are still using single use plastic water bottles (even the fancy PH and alkaline enhanced ones, they are still in new plastic!) please read!
It makes me very very sad to still see people walking around with a “single use” plastic water bottles in their hands. Wrapping our most precious resource in Petroleum is an insult to MOTHER NATURE (the ultimate giver of all we have and all we are). Once again, she gives to us and in return, we pollute her with plastic, a very disturbing amount of plastic. Keep in mind that the statistics stated below are just for America, the rest of the planet is housing our precious water in petroleum, so multiply the amounts below.
Making bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. And that’s not even including the oil used for transportation.
- Last year, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles, but only recycled 38.3.
- Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year.
- The problem is that most of the bottles people buy are in new plastic. The label that says recyclable is very very deceiving and gives the impression that people are drinking water bottles that are made with recycled plastic. This is not the case!
- “We currently recover 5-10% of the plastics we consume…50% are buried in landfills and some are made into durable goods, but much of it washes out to sea” – 5GYRES.COM
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- REFUSE SAY NO TO single-use and disposable plastics like BAGS and BOTTLES, STRAWS, CUPS! This is the easiest way to make a huge impact. I understand that there are times where it is not possible, but if you keep the aim at ZERO WASTE and take baby steps to get there it will get easier and more habitual I promise! Remember 66 days to create a new habit!
- REDUCE WITH THE AIM OF ZERO WASTE or PLASTIC FREE Buy in bulk whenever possible, buy vegetables and legumes without prepackaging, and look for products and packaging made from renewable resources. Choose products that have the least amount of disposable parts like toothbrushes with replaceable brushes. Consuming less will decrease the waste of unnecessary plastics. Become a responsible consumer!
- REUSE with NON PLASTICS Reuse preferably nontoxic (glass, stainless steel) containers and goods to make less waste. Remember if you buy a reusable plastic container, that container is in our environment now for possibly thousands of years not to mention the fact that the chemicals aside from BPA are disrupting your hormones!
- RECYCLING as a last resort Recycling especially in the USA, is very ineffective to say the least. There is a lot of different data about single use water bottles (anywhere from 5% to 25% get recycled), with 25% being the highest amount recycled, I wouldn’t consider this very earth friendly.
Sources: – www.banthebottle.net