How bad is bad when it comes to plastic water bottle pollution?
Pretty bad. Americans buy 29 billion water bottles a year. For every six bottles people buy, only one is recycled . That leads to a big problem given the fact that water bottles do not biodegrade, but rather photodegrade. This means that it takes at least up to 1,000 years for every single bottle to decompose, leaking pollutants into our soil and water along the way. Yuck! View 30 Photos That Will Help You Appreciate Your Tap and Toilet.
As a result, U.S. landfills are overflowing with 2 million tons of discarded water bottles. And because plastics are produced with fossil fuels, not only does that make them an environmental hazard, but also an enormous waste of valuable resources.
Here are just 15 of the most dangerous ways bottled water is polluting the earth, one bottle of water at a time, as well as six things you can do about plastic water bottle pollution.
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Americans consume more than 25 percent of the planet’s natural resources. The production of bottled water uses 17 million barrels of oil a year.
People in the U.S. open 1,000 bottles of water every second and put 60 million plastic water bottles in the trash each year.
80 percent of plastic water bottles end up in landfills. It takes up to 1,000 years for every single bottle to decompose.
Toss your plastic bottled water habit for good! A cultural shift can change the way plastic water bottles affect our environment.
Break your bottled water habit by filling your cabinet with 100% BPA-free, stainless steel water bottles that will not only help you improve the health of the environment, but will also be safer and better for your own health as well.