Plastic [is a] Waste: Water Bottles

With the sun spending more hours in the sky, those stuck inside during quarantine are now able to bask in the beautiful warmth. Unfortunately, chances of you seeing litter while out and about are pretty high right now in most parts of the world. One pollutant in particular has become extremely damaging to our entire ecosystem: plastic.

According to SeedScietific, about 269,000 tons of plastic waste is floating in the ocean (Vuleta). In a society guilty of creating more than is needed, plastics have taken over landfills, oceans, store shelves, and households. Look around, how many pieces of plastic are in your immediate view right now?

Micro-plastics are now a threat to a major food source around the world: seafood.

Reduce Your Plastic Waste:

Refillable Bottles > Single-use Plastic Water Bottles

Single-use water bottles, while sometimes recycled, are leaving a massive footprint on our ecosystem. Additionally, some plastic products STILL contain chemicals that are unsafe for human consumption (especially if you’re the type to let your water bottles sit in the car when it’s warm out) as well as the environment.

A simple switch for both your health & the earth: reusable water bottles.

“The average reusable bottle holds about 32 oz of water, whereas the average plastic water bottle can only hold 16 oz. Put simply, one reusable bottle can hold twice as much water as an average plastic bottle, resulting in fewer refills and more water at a lower price.”

Arcadia Blog

When purchasing a refillable water bottle, there are a few types to consider:

Glass water bottles – Offers the crispest taste compared to metal and plastic containers. Ideal for fruit infused water. Most fragile option.

Stainless Steele water bottles – Less likely to break or wear down compared to other types of reusable bottle materials. Preferred for keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold.

Plastic water bottles – Lightweight option for cold beverages. Keywords: BPA FREE.

Brands making a splash:

BPA Free – 2pack with stickers

Zazzle: Support a black-owned business and cut back on plastic waste with a customized reusable bottle.

JUST WATER: Plant-based, recyclable, colorful cartons founded by Jaden Smith.

Tree Tribe: All water bottles come with a lifetime guarantee!

Nalgene: BPA free & shipping is free on U.S.A orders over $10 right now.

Contigo: Both my water bottle and travel mug are from this company, super trendy and affordable!

Welly: Made from renewable bamboo and packaged with recycled materials, for every bottle purchased Welly donates $1 towards sustainable clean water projects in developing countries.

Hydro Flask: Aesthetically pleasing while (indirectly) supporting Parks For All. (Free shipping over $30!)

S’well: BPA-free, non-toxic, and non-leeching bottles, S’Well has committed $800,000 to clean water efforts since 2015. Female owned company in the U.S.A.

Ran out of the house without your reusable bottle? Not to worry:

PathWater makes purchasing refillable water bottles easy and affordable! Here’s where you can find PathWater near you. (I picked up a bottle at Sheetz for about $3!!)

JUST WATER is also sold at convenience stores across the country. Find it in your area.

Make A Change

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

Purchase a reusable water bottle. Customize it with paint, stickers, or find a brand that appeals to your style!

Sign this petition to ban plastic water bottle production via Change.

Talk to friends and family about ways to reduce their plastic waste.

Eco-friendly gifting: reusable water bottles make the perfect gift for that person you always see carrying around a plastic bottle.

How do you cut back on plastic?

cheers to cutting back on plastic waste & cleaning our Earth,

Bri Cruz

p.s. check out Bri Cuz, I Said So on Instagram! I’m funnier on Twitter though…

It takes about 450 – 1,000 tears for one water bottle to decompose.

Photo by Steve Johnson on Pexels.com

Sources

Vuleta, Branka. “55 Disturbing Plastic Waste Statistics [2020 Update].” SeedScientific, 31 Jan. 2020, seedscientific.com/plastic-waste-statistics/.

“How Many Plastic Water Bottles Does One Reusable Bottle Save?” Arcadia | Blog, Arcadia, 17 July 2017, blog.arcadia.com/how-many-water-bottles-does-one-reusable-bottle-save/.

Abdelrahman, Amina Lake, and Good Housekeeping Institute. “The Best Water Bottles to Keep You Hydrated All Day.” Good Housekeeping, 6 Apr. 2020, http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home-products/g27312224/best-water-bottles/.

Hughes, Tegwyn. “10 Stylish Eco-Friendly Water Bottles Worth Investing In.” Spoon University, 28 Apr. 2017, spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/eco-friendly-water-bottles-worth-buying.

6 thoughts

  1. Yes! Bottled water is my biggest pet peeve. I am old enough to remember when people thought bottled water was a joke (“paying for water?”) but now we have become addicted to it and it’s killing the planet! I think getting us off the single use plastic is one of the biggest public health issues out there.

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    1. Definitely a public health issue – there are so many people that refill their single use water bottle to try to lessen the damage without realizing the could be causing future health problems! We really just need to talk about it more and get everyone on the same page about cutting a little bit of plastic from all of our lives can do so much more than we even know!
      Thank you so much for reading!!

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      1. I also feel like–and this us going to sound a little conspiracy theory-ish, but I think it’s accurate–we have become obsessed with the idea of hydration. When I was a kid, people didn’t need to have a water bottle (reusable or otherwise) with them at all times. I think obviously staying hydrated is good, but the health and wellness industry has pushed this need so people feel like they have to have water constantly. Which then gets into really deep, gnarly issues of global inequality and the commodification of water, etc. It’s bad, generally speaking.

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