Where does your water bottle end up?
One of the most obvious impacts of plastic bottles is what happens after the water has been consumed
Despite recycling infrastructure that exists in order to facilitate the recycling of these bottles, according to the Container Recycling Institute, 80% of plastic water bottles used become garbage that ends up in landfills. That means roughly for every 10 bottles we drink, only two end up in the recycle bin. Considering that approximately 60 million plastic water bottles are used every day in the US, we can assume that nearly 18,834,000,000 end up in the landfill of the US only each yearThe vast majority of what’s found in the sea originates from the land – from sewage, storm drains, waterways, beach and coastal litter, as well as dumping, industrial activities and landfill sites. Compared to plastic in oceans, we are able to more directly manage landfills. On average each bottle takes 400 up to 700 years to decompose. This means the biggest risk of plastic water bottles within landfills is the potential that the plastic will not be contained. However, in vulnerable remote parts of the world there is no control.
The only solution is the disappearance of disposable plastic bottles. Don’t buy them. You are about to pay for a bottle of tap water which will to an 80% chance will end up in the landfill….
Did you know that in the United States, people consume more bottled water than milk or beer? That’s right, the average consumer drank over a hundred liters of bottled water a year despite the fact that drinking tap water is safe in over 90% of the USA households.
The trend is not limited to just United States. People everywhere consume more and more bottled water. According to research, bottled water is 500-1000 times more expensive than tap water. The crazy thing is that almost half of the bottled water is derived from tap water.
You are paying an insane amount of money and wasting time and energy in hauling bottled water to your house, but you get very little in return.
Bottled water for the Western world is a scam that was created by big corporations such as Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Quaker. Leaders in these companies are waging war against tap water because it cuts into their revenue.
Think before giving away your money for a bad cause like bottled water!
In our last post we explained how harmful plastics in bottled water impact our health. Today we will explain what exactly happens in our body if we are in too much contact with plastics. This is important to know, as the chemicals plastic needs to sustain can have a large effect on the human body. These harmful chemicals we talk of are BPA, PBDE or TBBPA.
Shockingly, these chemicals have now also been found in us humans. And while they help to make plastic durable, they have a drastically altering effect on our endocrine system. The endocrine system is responsible for managing and transmitting hormones in our body. Seems quite relevant, right? To give an example of how these chemicals work we will take a closer look at BPA. The chemical BPA works similar to the hormone oestrogen. Oestrogen is the female sex hormone necessary to develop the female reproductive system. (Specialists call BPA a Xenoestrogen, because it is a synthetic product which merely imitates hormones.) While women …
Just re-using your plastic bottles from super markets might not do the trick. Even though I have a reusable bottle made of steel, I sometimes forget it at home. Since I am not a camel, going without water for a day seems pretty tough. Despite my ethical motivations, the thought and need for some water then often lures me to the next supermarket. Generally, I know how bad plastic bottles are, so I justify buying bottled water to myself, by thinking; ‘It’s not that bad, I’ll just use it more than once’. What I know now, is that this doesn’t really work. Studies have shown that the plastic used for plastic bottles actually segregates over time, leaving harmful chemicals and particles in the water you drink. That means that even the plastic bottle might be relatively safe and passes health standards for emitting chemicals, after some time and refills, this is not the case anymore. So if I reuse plastic bottles to make up for my tardiness, I actually provoke small cracks i…
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The BPA Monster