Our Water is Polluted! And here’s one of the Reasons.
Is Plastic Bottles A Good Idea?
Did you know that Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour? And recycle about 9% of it? Most plastic bottles go straight to the landfill and do you know what happens once it gets to the landfill?
Nothing… It just sits there…
Government report opens doors for regulation of bisphenol A, found in baby bottles and hard plastics…
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Water used to be free. LOL, it still is — at least in nations blessed with plentiful clean tap water like the U.S. …but that doesn’t stop the world from spending over $100 billion on bottled water a year.
It takes three times the volume of water to manufacture one bottle of water than it does to fill it, and because of the chemical production of plastics that water is mostly unusable.
To put it in perspective, that’s enough oil to keep a million cars fueled for a whole year!
Another way to think of it: when you pick up a water bottle at the supermarket, hold it up and imagine it filled ¼ with oil. That’s how much in fossil fuels it took just to manufacture it!
Even the environmental impact of delivering all that bottled water is profound, both from overseas (Fiji Water, Pellegrino) and distribution to stores in the US. It takes a fleet of 40,000 18-wheelers just to deliver our bottle water every week!
According to the Ocean Conservatory, plastic bottles, and plastic bags are the most prevalent form of pollution found on our beaches and in our oceans — every square mile of the ocean has over 46,000 pieces of floating plastic in it.
Isn’t bottled water safer and cleaner? No. In fact, all the majority of evidence shows that it’s worse for you. Plastic leaches into the water it holds, which has been linked to health issues like reproductive problems and different types of cancer. Harmful hormone-disrupting phthalates leach into the bottled water we drink after as little as 10 weeks of storage, or much faster once the bottles have been left in the sun (like in the car.)
Bottled water is far from perfect, the National Resources Defense Council conducted an intensive study of bottled water and ascertained that 22 percent of the water tested contained contaminant levels that exceeded the state health limits.
Of course, the water bottle you don’t buy isn’t going to end up with them, but everything is interconnected, from trade policies and use of fossil fuels to environmental impact and irrigation, and ultimately damage to food-producing industries like agriculture and fisheries.
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