Banning the Plastic Water Bottle
Posted on 22.07.2019
You may not think twice about picking up a plastic water bottle at the airport or a concert venue and then tossing it in the recycling bin whenever you finish hydrating. After all, plastic water bottles are easy to use and accessible—you can find them pretty much anywhere you go.
But all this convenience comes at a major price for the environment on which we all rely. Single-use plastics (such as plastic water bottles) add to our landfills, pollute our oceans, and cause untold devastation to wildlife and the environment as a whole. What’s more, plastic water bottle production contributes to climate change.
The good news? There’s a straightforward solution to the plastic water bottle conundrum. We simply need to use less of them. Plastic water bottle bans in cities, states, and entire countries have made major strides, as well as people converting to reusable bottles.
Let’s take a closer look at plastic water bottle use around the world plus why it’s so important to ban the bottle.
Plastic Water Bottle Usage Across the Globe
Perhaps what makes plastic water bottle waste so devastating is that most of it is unnecessary. While there may be circumstances in which people have no choice but to purchase bottled water (take the water crisis in Flint, MI, for example), in many parts of the world bottled water is about convenience rather than necessity.
That sad fact also contains a silver lining: If more people stop using single-use plastics, it can make a dramatic positive impact on the health of our planet. One single person switching to a reusable water bottle can spare the planet from approximately 156 plastic bottles annually; imagine that number multiplied by hundreds, thousands, or millions of people!
Switching to reusable water bottles can save people money, too. Using a $20 reusable water bottle can save a whopping $6,180 over five years of use.
Make no bones about it, plastic water bottles wreak havoc on ecosystems around the globe. But whenever possible, people can choose not to use plastic water bottles and opt for reusable options instead. In the process, we can all play a part in saving our planet.
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