Americans purchase 30 billion water bottles EVERY YEAR. That means 20 million plastic water bottles are discarded EVERY DAY in America. It takes 40,000 semi-trucks working night and day to deliver those water bottles. Only one in ten water bottles is recycled. Each bottle can take up to 1000 years to decompose. Our landfills have over 2 million tons – 4 billion pounds! – of water bottles, leeching dangerous toxins into the soil. Here 16 ways water bottles are destroying the planet.
Plastics are created from crude oil, and the fossil-fuel pollution is damaging the atmosphere, too. If you fill that plastic water bottle half full of crude oil, that’s how much it took to produce, transport, and dispose of that bottle.
Why not purchase a colorful, hip glass water bottle and keep it filled with tap water? Almost 64% of bottled water comes from municipal water supplies anyway! An inexpensive water purifier can pay for itself in just a few months. You’ll save a ton of money on water-bottle purchases and avoid that nagging twinge of guilt every time you throw a plastic bottle into the trash.
Remember: Plastics represent 90 percent of the trash floating in the world’s oceans ~ 46,000 pieces per SQUARE MILE. Turtles, fish, and dolphins eat those colorful tiny bits of plastic – and it kills them. It poisons them. It poisons the entire food chain, humans included.