Although most countries, including America, have clean drinking water, they are the world’s 2nd largest consumers of bottled water (after China). Recent studies have shown that Americans use on average 50 billion water bottles each year and climbing, though only recycle 23% of the plastic bottles when finished. This means that nearly 38 billion of those water bottles were trashed, leading to increased pollution and landfill waste. This also has an economic impact by producing more than $1 Billion in wasted plastic each year, equivalent to 912 million gallons of oil. This could all be avoided by simply using a Reusable Water Bottle to reduce waste.
#1. REDUCE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC WASTE... To better understand the impact of plastic water bottle waste per year, visualize bottles lined up end to end in a straight line, it would wrap around the earth nearly 200 times. And the plastic water bottles that were placed in the landfill today will take up to 1000 years to biodegrade.
#2. BOTTLED WATER IS NOT BETTER THAN TAP WATER (in most countries)
Some research indicated that people drink bottled water because they believe it is cleaner or has higher quality and better taste than tap water; however, that is simply not true. In fact, much of the beloved bottled water is simply filtered tap water from a city near you. We should also point out that the U.S. public water system is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which requires numerous daily tests for bacteria and other toxins – the results of these tests are publicly available.
#3. REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES ARE A HEALTHIER CHOICE
Another reason why you should not use plastic one-time use bottled water is that there are known health risks. Plastic water bottles can contain a chemical known as Bisphenol A (BPA) which can be very harmful to your health. BPA has been connected to cases of hormonal issues and even cancer. Switching to reusable BPA free water bottle will help create a sustainable earth while keeping you healthy.
#4. SAVE MONEY WITH REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES
Reusable water bottles are also a money saving product that helps keep you hydrated while on the go. On average, Americans spends about $5 a week on bottled water, this means you can save $260 per year by switching to a reusable water bottle.
#5. GRAB YOUR REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE TODAY!
Try Shoparisma’s awesome H2O OnTheGo Silicone water bottles, they ‘roll-up’ and even connect to your backpack or belt. Really great for flights and airport transits.
Considering all the benefits of reusable BPA free water bottles, it is a no brainer choice to stop using plastic one-time use water bottles. More than that, the savings you will achieve minus the average cost of a reusable water bottle is around $255 per year meaning a 5100% gain on your investment.
Statistics from Green Products by Anh Speer, Ph.D.