Drinking bottled water may seem like a healthy habit, but consider this:
Four out of five water bottles end up in landfills. That adds up to more than 2 million tons of water bottles in landfills every year.
According to All-Recycling-Facts.com, nearly 250,000 plastic bottles are dumped into landfills every hour. Plastic bottles constitute close to 50% of recyclable waste in dumps.
Worse, the average time it takes for a plastic bottle to decompose in a landfill is close to 700 years.
Plastic dumped into the ocean kills sea life at an estimated 1,000,000 creatures per year.
Almost a quarter of all bottled water is transported across national borders. Not only are millions of barrels of oil per year used to create plastic bottles, but transporting the bottles also burns fossil fuels, to the tune of 1.5 million barrels of fossil fuel each year.
But you can enjoy bottled water sustainably—and less expensively. Just buy a reusable bottle that you really like, and will enjoy carrying around.
There are so many bottles that fit the bill, that they’ve become fashion accessories—options range from high-tech aluminum to leopard spots. Or, you can get special glass bottles that are shatter-resistant.
Here are three of the best water bottle options we’ve seen lately:
The 3M Filtrete Water Station is an innovative product that allows you to filter water from the tap into four reusable bottles at a time. The bottles are dishwasher safe and BPA-free. The filter processes two and a half times more water than traditional pitcher-style water filters, and reduces sediment and chlorine taste and aroma. With the Filtrete Water Station, you can save up to 3,000 bottles of water per year. Click on the link for a discounted price of just $29.75.
The Pure Glass Bottle was developed by an environmental chemist who wanted to create a glass bottle—not plastic, not metal—that was sturdy enough to withstand an active daily lifestyle. Glass is one of the safest substances for contact with food and water. Pure Glass Bottle is safety-coated with a permanent, BPA-free, protective outer layer that is shatter resistant. We can vouch for this—we hit the bottle multiple times with a wrench and it was fine! It’s also dishwasher safe.
WaterGeeks makes several varieties of fun, stylish, environmentally friendly water bottles. Most impressive to us is their series of filtered bottles, which filter out chlorine, bad tastes and smells, chromium 6, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and heavy metals. You can fill your bottle at any tap and be guaranteed safe and great tasting water.
If you have a favorite water bottle, please share. And pass this thought along: Every day should be Earth Day.