Happy Monday and Happy Earth Day Everyone! ⠀
Did you know that 80% of plastic water bottles end up in landfills yearly? Not only that, but once they end up in our landfills it takes up to 1,000 years for every single bottle to decompose😧! I think it is great that people are trying to stay hydrated and avoid other sugary or carbonated drink options. However, market analysis shows that every year bottled water consumption continues to increase, not so great for #motherearth.
Drinking bottled water makes it convenient for you to get your recommended daily intake, but let's take a step back and think about some of the consequences it has not just on the environment,but on our health. ⠀
1 Each bottle leaks harmful chemicals into our environment along the way as it decomposes⠀
2. Approximately 25% of bottled water is actually sourced from the tap, so you just might be paying more for something that is already available in your own home⠀
3. In the US, 17 million barrels of oil are needed to produce up to 50 billion bottles of water in one year⠀
4. Making plastic water bottles produces millions of tons of CO2, which contributes to climate change.⠀
5. Contaminants like benzene, mold, kerosene, fecal coliform and other bacteria, sanitizer, elevated choline, styrene, algae, and glass particles have all been found in bottled water⠀
So, what can you do to curb water bottle pollution?⠀
1. Reusable water bottles (stainless steel, glass)⠀
2. Purchase a water filter⠀
3. If you are using a disposable water bottle, make sure to actually separate it from your trash and recycle it⠀
Have you ditched your bottled water habit for good? What is your go to reusable water bottle? Share with us below.