Disposable Water Bottles
You’ve likely heard of the dangers of BPA in plastic water bottles and the harmful effects it can have on your health. It’s true; disposable plastic bottles have been linked to reproductive issues, asthma, and even breast cancer. But that’s not all. They’re also doing severe long-term damage to the health of our planet.
Disposable plastic water bottles are a convenient way to stay hydrated, but they have major consequences on the health of our planet—not to mention the people who drink from them. The production and disposal of bottled water negatively impacts the Earth’s resources, the size of our landfills, and even the level of water pollution in the fluids you drink every day. The statistics and other details below explore that impact in more detail, including how reusable water bottles act as a strongly preferable alternative. Be sure to share the full infographic to spread the word about the dangers of disposable containers.
Bottled Water Facts & Statistics
If you use disposable water bottles, here are some important concerns you should know about how they’re made as well as the problems they cause for the planet, your health, and your wallet.
It starts well before the bottle ends up in your garbage can, or even on a grocery store shelf. Plastic bottles require an immense amount of oil to produce. Just one year’s worth of bottled water takes 17 million barrels of oil to make—enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. Plus, the water bottling process releases 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide into the air each year. Bottled water is also affecting the size of our landfills, with over 2 million tons of water bottle
waste ending up there each year. Many bottles also end up in the ocean, killing 1.1 million marine creatures annually.
Fortunately, there’s a very simple way to avoid all this harm: switch to reusable bottles. Not only are they better for your health and that of the Earth, they’re much cheaper in the long run.