Every year, billions of pounds of waste ends up in the oceans, forming city sized islands made entirely of trash. A vast majority of this trash is plastic, meaning it will take thousands of years to decompose.
Plastic bottles make up a large proportion of plastic waste, and only about one in five bottles are properly recycled.
What can we do to alleviate the burden inflicted on Mother Earth’s oceans? Reusable water bottles are a convenient and environmentally friendly solution. Every year, 17 million barrels of oil are used to create 50 billion disposable water bottles in the United States alone! Switching to a reusable water bottle would surely decrease the oil used, greenhouse gasses emitted, and bottles thrown away, reducing pollution threefold.
Aside from environmental benefits, reusable water bottles have many other advantages over disposable ones. For example, using a reusable water bottle is cheaper than constantly buying water bottles. The average American can save about $200 per year just by not buying disposable water bottles. That means you could reward yourself with 50 Big Mac’s after every year of using a reusable bottle(not that you should).
Other advantages of reusable bottles include being BPA (a plastic linked to cancer) free, being more convenient, and looking cooler. To learn more about plastic pollution in the ocean, click here.54.2k