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EARTH DAY: What You Can Do About The Water Bottle Crisis

Every year 68 billion plastic water bottles are consumed in the U.S. The majority of them end up in landfill. Divided among the population, this means a per capita consumption of some 30.8 gallons of bottled water.

According to the International Bottled Water Association, the U.S. bottled water per capita was up 5.3% in 2012, the last year for which statistics are available.

The data comes with enormous consequences:

  • Too few plastic bottles make their way to the recycling bin: just 1 in 4.
  • The environmental footprint of plastic bottle is calculated in millions of oil barrels.
  • There is a direct human impact: making plastic requires chemicals that known to be hazardous to health. Not every water bottle is BPA-free.
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    Plus:

  • Tap water, the easy and cheaper solution, is actually a safer option than spring water or mineral water, even when bottles are BPA-free.
  • Municipal water is regulated and tested frequently. There are no government controls on bottled mineral and spring waters. (Source)
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    HOW CAN YOU HELP? DRINK FROM THE TAP

    You can add a water purifier device to the tap or install one under the sink.

    There are also whole-house filters.

    If you don’t want to install a filter, Aquasana makes a variety of counter-top models with small footprint.

    Water bottle or household filter: Celebrate Earth Day by picking one up.

    Here’s a water filter guide from the Environmental Working Group.


    [1] Plastic waters are ubiquitous in the landfill: 75% of them are not recycled (photo © Steve Johnson | Pexels).


    [2] Get yourself a reusable water bottle and carry it in your bag, backpack, briefcase, etc (photo © Julia Sakelli | Pexels).

     




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