The Secret Life of a Plastic Water Bottle
Most people know that disposable plastic water bottles are bad for the environment, however it seems that the actions required to solve the problem have still yet to be taken. The plastic containers that so many beverages come in accumulate to the point that beaches, oceans and landfills are covered with them.
As consumers, we only see the time from when we purchase to when we throw away the water bottles.
What is the real life of a plastic water bottle?
The Impact of Water Bottles Before The Consumer
The Beginning of A Journey: The U.S. accounts for 5.35 billion pounds of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic a year. Out of all this plastic, less than 1/3 is recycled. The world as a whole is even worse than us with an average rate of 10% recovered.
Producing Water Bottles: The production of plastic water bottles consumes over 17 million barrels of oil each year in the US.
Bottling: The process of bottling the w ater bottles begins at manufacturing facilities. Thousands and thousands of water bottles roll along a filling line before being filled and capped.
The Impact of Water Bottles After the Consumer
After the wasteful production process, the bottles are transported to grocery stores all over the world where consumers are able purchase a packs/ individual bottles.
What happens after you throw your water bottle away?
Lack of Recycling Is A Problem: Recycling is becoming less and less expensive. With rising oil prices in many countries it’s even becoming more cost effective for them to recycle rather the using new plastic. However, many countries outside of the US & Europe do not have the resources to recycle. All the plastic bottles are being thrown in the trash, tossed into sea, killing animals, and endangering our environment.
Banning Sales: The United States is slowly starting to realize the impact that disposable water bottles are having on our environment. The University of Vermont is the largest university in the country to ban the sale of noncarbonated bottled water. 75 water fountains were installed for students to use as filling stations for reusable water bottles.
Disposable water bottles go through a lot and they have a huge impact on the lives in this world. They provide a lot of good but also a lot of bad. With a rising consumption of water bottles in so many countries, doing your best to avoid them can go a long way in creating a safer and more environmentally friendly world.