Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ditch Those Single-Use Water Bottles

In an effort to cut back on water bottle waste, the National Park Service is making a change. Nineteen National Parks have stopped selling bottled water at their concession stands, offering public water bottle filling stations instead.   Stephane Bidouze/Shutterstock

"All those plastic (water) bottles use a lot of fossil fuels and pollute the environment. In fact, Americans buy more bottled water than any other nation in the world, adding 29 billion water bottles a year to the problem. In order to make all these bottles, manufacturers use 17 million barrels of crude oil. That’s enough oil to keep a million cars going for twelve months. Imagine a water bottle filled a quarter of the way up with oil. That’s about how much oil was needed to produce the bottle." source

"For every six water bottles we use, only one makes it to the recycling bin. The rest are sent to landfills. Or, even worse, they end up as trash on the land and in rivers, lakes, and the ocean. Plastic bottles take many hundreds of years to disintegrate. source

The Story of Bottled Water  8 min. 4 sec.

How Are Plastic Water Bottles Still a Thing?

Her Campus  by Allie Bush Nov 04,2015

Due to their convenience and low cost, plastic water bottles seem like a valuable resource and necessity. But the reality is, their downfalls far outweigh their benefits. From environmental hazards to risks to our own health, using these disposable water bottles is just not worth it. For these reasons and more we beg the question: how are these still a thing?

We are all familiar with the upsetting photos of sea creatures stuck in plastic packaging, or chewing on an old bottle, but the problem extends even beyond that. Did you know that there are giant islands made of garbage in our oceans? One of these islands is called the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch", and the majority of this heap is plastic-based trash.

Over two million tons of the waste in our country's landfills is composed purely of plastic water bottles, and it only gets worse. The amount of oil it takes to produce the amount of plastic used for water bottle manufacturing amounts to over one million barrels. And think of how much fuel it takes to transport that oil to where the plastic bottles are produced.

If these environmental risks aren't convincing enough, perhaps considering the risks to your personal health will change your mind. Store bought water found in disposable plastic bottles is less clean and less regulated than tap water. Additionally, many plastic water bottles contain BPA, chemicals that can be extremely harmful to your health if ingested. If you leave your disposable bottle sitting out for too long, or it gets warm from exposure to the sun, these chemicals can leach into the water. Over the course of your lifetime, continual ingestion of these chemicals can be incredibly damaging to your health.

Obviously, it's difficult to quit using plastic all at once, but there are small changes we can make to start a difference. An easy fix is to stop using disposable plastic water bottles! They are extremely impractical and have a proven negative impact on not only the environment, but our health. With easy access to reusable bottles, Brita filters, water fountains, and bottle refilling stations on campus, there is really no excuse to be using regular plastic water bottles anymore. Invest in the cost of a decent water bottle once, and refill it for free for many years to come. You'll be saving our planet, one sip at a time.  

And now it's 2017 and people are still buying millions of tons of plastic to keep water in.  Get with the program, folks.  You are murdering the planet with this crap.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Well, I've decided that the human race is downright suicidal, but it's just rude to take all the rest of life on earth down with us.