Most people are at least aware that using plastic bottles isn’t so great for the environment. Unfortunately, most people aren’t clued in on just how terrible single-use plastic bottles are for the planet.
In this post, we’re going to go over all of the ways in which single use plastic bottles can harm the Earth and even our own bodies.
Single-Use Plastic Bottles Are a Leading Cause of Environmental Pollution
If you’ve walked through any city street or, unfortunately, any nature-hiking trail, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen at least one plastic bottle on the ground. It’s an unfortunate fact that plastic bottles are a huge source of environmental pollution and are one of the most common items found in that giant trash island out in the middle of the ocean.
They’re a Waste of Resources
Here’s something most people probably don’t realize: plastic is made mostly of crude oil and water.
It costs an insane amount of oil to produce enough single-use plastic bottles for Americans—to the tune of 17 million barrels of oil just for American consumption and that’s not even including transportation or other countries.
They Cost Way Too Much to Transport
It takes 47 million gallons of oil to transport the trillions of gallons of bottled water that Americans drink each year. That’s the equivalent of the exhaust output of about 100,000 cars and 1 billion pounds of carbon dioxide.
By taking that out of the equation, we could do a lot of good for the planet.
There are Many Personal Health Risks
You’ve probably heard of BPAs before.
If you haven’t, they are a chemical produced in large quantities for use primarily in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, most commonly, plastic bottles. Most plastic bottles leach BPAs into water over time, but reusable bottles like Manna Hydration won’t!
Bottled Water Isn’t Any Cleaner
You’ve probably heard that bottle water is cleaner than tap water too.
Well, we’re here to tell you that that’s empirically untrue.
In fact, many medical professionals have gone on record to state that tap water is actually healthier for you than bottled. This is due to stricter FDA regulations on tap than there are on bottles.
If you’re still worried about the cleanliness of tap water, invest in a water filter, which will give you cleaner water than any plastic bottle could.
Recycling Isn’t as Effective as You Think
Since the ‘80s people have been debating the effectiveness of recycling. In many ways, the jury is still out on this and what it means in the long-term, but the fact of the matter is, you shouldn’t feel justified in buying a boatload of plastic bottled water because you think recycling them will take care of your guilt.
Instead, recycle by using a reusable bottle!
Reusable Bottles are Easy to Maintain
Reusable bottles are super easy to clean and maintain. About as easy as it will be to maintain the environment if we kick our bottled water habit!
You’ll Save Tons of Money
Want to do a quick spit take?
You are currently spending 300 times more on bottled water than tap water.
That’s insane right?
You’ve already bought that tap water through your city’s utility program, therefore your bottled water habit is a huge and totally unnecessary expense.
They’ve Got Better Durability
Reusable water bottles, especially like those we make here at Manna Hydration, are rugged and durable.
Take them on your bike ride, hiking on the trails, or when you’re just doing some work around the home. It takes a lot to bust our bottles so put them through the ringer!
You Can Express Your True Self
A plastic bottle of water only expresses one thing: you maybe don’t put too much stock in the environment or the future of the planet.
Sounds harsh, right? Well, unfortunately, it’s true.
But with a bottle from Manna Hydration, and with our litany of choices in bottle size, type, print and color, you can express your personality in ways you never thought possible!
These are just ten reasons to go green, but there are so many more that will lead you to the same conclusion: it’s time to ban the bottle.
It can be hard to give up that rhythm of going to the cold case in a grocery store and grabbing a single-use plastic bottle, but try bringing your Manna Hydration reusable bottle next time instead.Go ahead, do something good for the planet and for yourself!