Non-reusable plastic water bottles are not simply “bad” or “a small waste of plastic.” When you consider the amount of harm that they are causing to the environment, animals and our health, you can put into perspective just how dangerous non-reusable plastic water bottles can be when amassed over time. Here are 10 things that we think you should know about the non-reusable plastic water bottles that you see everywhere.
#1: When you use plastic water bottles, you’re creating massive amounts of waste. About 20,000 plastic water bottles are being purchased around the world every second.
#2: Another way to put the amount of plastic waste that humans are producing into perspective is to think of it as enough annually to circle the Earth four times.
#3. The waste created from plastic, which includes water bottles, is harming the environment. Many beaches around the world are becoming littered with plastic bottles and bags.
#4. Think about the ways that plastic waste can harm animals. Approximately 1.1 million marine creatures are being killed by the plastic waste that washes into our oceans and is along our beaches.
#5. The plastic in water bottles contains harmful chemicals such as PVC or polyvinyl chloride.
#6. Plastic, non-reusable water bottles are more expensive than you think, especially when compared to reusable water bottles. The recommended 8 glasses a day of water costs about $1,400 a year if you were to obtain your water entirely from plastic water bottles.
#7. Our landfills are becoming full of plastic, much of which is plastic water bottles. Not even all of our plastic water bottles make it to the landfill.
#8. Landfills are leaking pollutants that are harmful to the environment, such as leachate. Leachate contains heavy metals, chemicals and pathogens that can pollute our groundwater.
#9. Plastic water bottles can take 450 years or more to decompose.
#10. Approximately half of the plastic that is produced annually is being made into a product that is used only once. That much waste for something that could be used and thrown away in a matter of minutes.
In order to combat this harmful phenomenon, purchase reusable water bottles and water filters. You’ll be using only one water bottle as opposed to thousands. Shop for reusable Goody Water products today and feel free to contact us if you have any questions!