San Francisco is one of the most environmentally conscious cities in the United States. They usually lead the way when it comes to environmentally friendly legislation. Recently they have decided to ban single use plastic water bottles. This is a step in the right direction, and hopefully other cities will follow suit. Many national parks and other government-controlled areas have already banned plastic water bottles on their grounds.
The Cost of Plastic Water Bottles and Its Effect
Although plastic water bottles can and should be recycled, most of them end up in landfills and that’s actually just one of the ways that plastic water bottles hurt the environment. Over 17 million barrels of oil are used annually in production for plastic water bottles in the United States alone. That’s enough oil to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. The 17 million dollars spent to produce plastic water bottles doesn’t even include shipment of the bottles. If we cut out the bottles, we have more oil, and more money. It’s astounding that we still use them.
Alternatives to Disposable Plastic Bottles
Drinking the right amount of water is important, but you don’t need to go through several plastic bottles of water in one day. Buy a filtered reusable bottle. These are great when you’re hiking or traveling because they fit easily into a backpack or messenger bag, and they’re more durable than your average disposable plastic water bottle. Filtered bottles will help you make sure you’re getting the best quality water. If you want to stay away from plastic altogether, there are metal water bottles that work really well. These bottles are even more durable than the reusable plastic versions, and they come in many different shapes and sizes, whereas the plastic water bottles generally are all the same.
In Your Home
You know, a significant amount of the water you buy in bottles is actually tap water, and bottled water is insanely expensive. You pay for tap water every month anyway, and double paying for it just doesn’t make any sense. Instead, get a filter for your tap water if you don’t like the way it tastes. Consider a pitcher filter that you can fill and throw in your fridge, or even a faucet filter. A faucet filter lets you use regular tap water for things like washing dishes, but lets you filter the water when you want some to drink.
There are so many better ways to get and drink your water than plastic bottles, and I have a serious hope that we’ll see more cities and parks banning water bottles soon, too.
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