The Problem with Plastic and What Plastic Water Bottles are Doing to the World
Plastic water bottles are potentially harmful to the environment, but they still constitute a $100 billion worldwide business every year. Let’s get back to basics and talk about why this needs to stop.
We all know the issues with plastic water bottles, but the bottled water industry continues to grow.
Over the last 15 years bottled water consumption in the U.S. has grown by 35%, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation, from about 25 gallons per capita to 37 gallons per capita.
Maybe we’ve forgotten about the harm these innocuous little bottles cause to ourselves and our environment.
Oil in everything.
Most plastic bottles are made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic. This comes from crude oil.
In addition to the greenhouse gases released from the extraction and refining of the crude oil, but plastic production itself generates some additional potentially harmful chemicals.
This produces plastic pellets, which are shipped to bottle producers, who melt the pellets into forms resembling small water bottles. More greenhouse gases are generated in the process.
Water bottling companies heat and expand the forms to match branding for their products. Every step of the way, greenhouse gases are released to move the plastic along.
When you buy a bottle of water, most of your $1.99 goes toward the plastic production process, not the water itself.
The water comes from nowhere special.
Where ever the company locates its bottling plant, that’s where the water comes from. The municipal water supply of Anywhere, U.S.A.
You have a similar municipal supply delivering almost the exact same water directly to your home.
You can get water from your municipal supply for pennies with almost zero environmental impacts, or you can pay for water from another municipality to get shipped to your local store in a giant diesel transport truck.
There are literally no benefits to buying bottled, and the negative impacts go on.
H2: All that waste.
Only about half of all plastic water bottles purchased in the U.S. are recycled.
That leaves millions of plastic bottles in waterways, landfills, parks, driveways. They’re everywhere, and they slowly leech chemicals into the ground water.
They break down into microscopic plastic particles in oceans and lakes, entering the food chain and killing animals in record numbers across the world.
Even if the environmental effects don’t bother you, the expense should.
If you buy an Everpure water filtration system for your drinking water at home, the most popular is the H-300 Everpure Water Filtration System, you get great tasting clean water that eliminates the need for those plastic bottles.
And you get it for pennies per glass.
If you’re worried about the quality of your municipal water, you’re not wrong. But you can filter it out easily, and it will still cost you far less than drinking bottled water.
Get yourself an insulated, stainless steel reusable water bottle, fill it in the morning and keep your filtered water with you all day.
Never drink from a toxic water bottle again, and never contribute to the horrors plastic bottles perpetrate on the world again.