Despite the fact that tap water is almost always available for drinking - 1,500 plastic water bottles are being used every second in the United States. Everyone knows plastic water bottles are bad for the environment, but it’s rapidly grown into a pollution epidemic. The good news is that recent years have seen a slight turn away from plastics. The bad news is, if we don’t take more drastic measures, by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in our oceans. If that reason isn’t important enough for you to swear off plastic water bottles, we’re going to breakdown four serious ways they’re impacting our environment:
1.) 38 Billion Water Bottles End Up in Landfills
That’s over two million tons and each of these bottles takes over a thousand years to decompose, leaking dangerous and harmful chemicals during the process. Studies show that these toxins leach into our environment and can cause cancer and reproductive problems.
2.) 10% Of All Plastic Manufactured Ends Up in the Ocean
Plastic water bottles are the fifth most commonly found trash item on coastlines and the plastic waste that ends up in the ocean kills over one million marine creatures each year. In fact, every square mile of the ocean has more than 46,000 pieces of floating plastic in it.
3.) Bottling Water Releases 2.5 Million Tons of Carbon Dioxide into the Atmosphere Each Year
This is the same amount of carbon dioxide that would be emitted by over 400,000 cars in one year. Also, the manufacture of just one pound of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic can produce up to three pounds of carbon dioxide.
4.) Air Pollution is an Ongoing By-Product of Plastic Water Bottle Manufacturing
As stated above, plastic water bottles are made from PET polymer and toxic pollutants like styrene, butadiene, and methanol are released into the air during its production. According to the EPA, these chemicals are known for causing cancer and other serious health effects. So … how can you help? The simplest answer is to stop purchasing single-use plastic water bottles - and if you’re a business owner who wants to reduce your carbon footprint, installing an eco-friendly filtered water machine is a convenient, low-maintenance, safe option for more sustainable drinking water! Your employees will have an endless supply of still or chilled sparkling water and you won’t have to keep wasting money and harming the environment by stocking the breakroom fridge with plastic water bottles.
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