In honor of Earth Day I want to make an effort to bring my own water bottle places as opposed to using plastic water bottles. The tap water is safe almost everywhere in the US and for those who don’t like the taste there are water filters. Buy a water bottle like mine for a few bucks and use it instead of buying bottles water. Did you know you can bring an empty bottle to the airport and then fill it once you get through security?
Bottled water is the most popularly consumed drink in the country, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Those in support of bottled water claim it’s convenient, safer and better-tasting than tap water. Those in support of the tap point out potential contaminants, increased cost and potential exposure to plastic-based chemicals as reasons to avoid bottled water. If you choose bottled water, you’re likely to be safe, but you should know about a few potential side effects. Plastic water bottles have become an indispensable companion of the modern era, helping us stay hydrated while on the go. But are we getting more than just water in our reusable plastic bottles? Many types of plastics contain an organic compound called bisphenol A, or BPA. You may not know it, but you come into contact with this chemical every day since it can be found in eyeglasses, compact discs, fax paper, food storage containers, dental fillings, soda cans, all sorts of household electronics and baby bottles. The biggest concern is the potential for BPA to leach from plastics intended to hold or dispense food and beverages, including plastic water bottles. One of the most obvious impacts of plastic bottles is what happens after the water has been consumed. Despite the recycling infrastructure that exists in the US in order to facilitate the recycling of these bottles, according to the Container Recycling Institute, over 85% of plastic water bottles used in the US become garbage that ends up in landfills. Considering that approximately 60 million plastic water bottles are used every day in the US, we can be safe to assume nearly 18,834,000,000 end up in landfills each year. Each bottle can take up to 700 years to decompose.
Here is a startling statistic…in the US alone 17 million barrels of oil a year is used to make enough bottles of water to keep up with demand. Additional fuel is needed to put the water in the bottles and ship it to a store near you.