It’s been a bit since I talked about the problems with single use plastic water bottles, and with the release of the great little video below, I thought I’d bring the subject back to the top of the order. Sadly, since I first started writing for Care2, the plastic water bottle problem has not gone away and in fact has continued to grow. The bottom line is that until most of us stop listening to the advertising being thrown at us, nothing is going to change.
I should point out that if you live in an area that actually has contaminated tap water, or don’t have access to running water, this post isn’t for you. But for the rest of us buying single use plastic water bottles just doesn’t make any sense. Consider the following.
- This year in the US alone over 25 billion plastic water bottles will be bought, used once, and discarded.
- Estimates suggest that only 20 percent of those bottles will be recycled (actually downcycled) while the rest will lay in landfills for the next few thousand years.
- Paying for single use water bottles costs you up to five times as much as drinking from the tap.
- Bottled water sold across state lines (most brands) is not federally regulated so you really have no idea what you are drinking or if it’s clean.
- Saying that the average adult needs 8 cups of water a day is the same as saying the average adult needs two pounds of food a day. People need to stay hydrated but everyone is different.
- If water is vital to our existence, is the marketing of it at extreme prices thousands of times more than what it costs at the tap even ethical, especially when there are those without access who may not be able to afford it?
- The list goes on and on and these are only a few of the problems associated with single use plastic water bottles. So why continue. Break your addiction, save money, live better, and don’t believe the hype.