We all know how important it is to stay hydrated. For most of you, this means carrying a water bottle with you at all times. Many people opt for plastic bottled water for its convenience, but did you know single-use water bottles have devastating effects on the environment?
What’s so bad about single-use bottles?
The largest issue facing single-use plastic water bottles is their lack of biodegradability. Plastic water bottles remain intact in landfills for over 1,000 years, emit toxic fumes when burned and make up about 2 million tons of stagnant landfill waste in the U.S. Aside from the biodegradability issues, packaging a single liter of water consumes an estimated three liters of water in the process.
These issues are especially important in modern times. The world is heading toward a shortage of clean drinking water (something 1 billion people worldwide currently experience), a reality you may face earlier than expected in light of global warming and the recent drought in California.
What can I do?
The solution to the issues surrounding single-use plastic water bottles? Stop using them. Instead of heading to a nearby store or gas station to buy bottled water, pick up a reusable bottle you can use every day. Just carrying your reusable bottle around will help you kick your bottled water habit.
There are a variety of reusable, BPA-free reusable water bottles available. Aside from the benefits they provide the environment, you’ll also see significant savings by switching to a reusable bottle. You won’t be spending two dollars per water bottle anymore!
Once you have your reusable bottle handy, you’ll notice that there are plenty of places to fill up. Many schools, gyms and buildings realize that plastic bottle waste is huge problem, and have installed refill stations as a result. Refill stations allow you to fill up your reusable bottle with clean, delicious water as many times a day as you need to!
It’s time to kick your bottled water habit! Help the environment, save money and stay hydrated by using a reusable bottle and refill stations.