Stopping Water Bottles One Student at a Time
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Bottled waters although handy, are incredibly environmentally and economically unsustainable. Nevertheless, it is extremely important to note that when it comes to plastic water bottles, popularity does not imply effectiveness or sustainability. The reality is that plastic water bottles are more harmful than they are useful, and the purchase and distribution of these dangerous products in the US must be discontinued completely or significantly reduced!
Just because it’s bottled doesn’t mean is cleaner or better tasting!
- In many ways, bottled water is less regulated than tap water.
- Bottled water manufacturers are not required to disclose as much information as municipal water utilities because of gaps in federal oversight authority.
- In the United States, 24% of bottled water sold is either Pepsi’s Aquafina or Coke’s Dasani that are both filtered municipal water
- The Results of many blind taste tests indicate no difference between the taste of tap water and that of bottled water.
- In other taste tests across the country, people consistently choose tap over bottled water. In a blind water taste test conducted by Good Morning America, the results showed that 45% preferred New York City municipal water, 24% Poland Spring, 19% O2, and 12% Evian.
Bottled water is not budget friendly!
Bottled water is 240 to 10,000 times more expensive than tap water.
Following doctor’s recommendation of eight glasses a day, bottled water would cost about $1,4000 compared to $0.49 of tap water annually.
Water bottles are detrimental to the environment!
- The plastic bottles are polluting our environment. In the US, there is an estimate of about 17 million barrels of oil used in the production of making water bottles each year.
- That amount of oil is enough to power 1.3 million cars and 190,000 homes for one whole year.
- Most plastic bottles end up becoming waste, consuming up space and affecting our wildlife.
- Five out of six water bottles we consume end up in the trash can instead of the recycling bin.
- It is estimated that approximately 80% of water bottles used become waste, ending up in landfills, rivers, lakes or the ocean.
- Plastic cannot be eliminated in a sustainable way. It takes approximately 400 to 1,000 years for plastic to biodegrade. And if tried to be eliminated by burning the plastic, it releases toxic fumes which later creates health issues for the environment and humans.
MAKE A PLEDGE!
Reducing and eventually banning the distribution and purchase of plastic water bottles is an attainable reality, and there are many ways to get involved. The first step starts by taking a personal pledge to not buy bottled water, and to drink tap water or to purchase a reusable water bottle or water filter instead.
By taking the pledge, you will not only save money, you will be saving the environment by drastically reducing the amount of fossil fuels and toxic waste released into the air during their production and transportation. Furthermore, this will greatly reduce the huge amounts of plastic waste found in landfills, rivers, lands, and oceans.
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