Environmental Impact of Plastic Water Bottles

Almost everyone today knows about the environmental hazards caused by plastic bags and tries to reduce the amount of disposable plastics(or dispoables) they consume. But there is another problem that needs tackling – plastic water bottle consumption. It is estimated that more than 20,000 plastic water bottles per minute are consumed in Europe alone, which equates to around 30 million plastic bottles every day.

Not only these plastic bottles pose a number of health-related risks to humans, they are also very hazardous to the environment and marine life. About 50 percent of all plastic bottles in Europe are not recycled, and ultimately end up in the oceans. As estimated by the United Nations, the oceans contain approximately 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile that damage aquatic life.

Why Plastic Water Bottles are Hazardous to the Environment?

Plastic water bottles are made from petroleum products such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and Bis-phenol A (BPA). Both of these components leave negative effects on the environment, especially BPA, which is non-recyclable. BPA(?) PET(?) BOTH? is/are used to make plastic bottle tops that settle down at the bottom of the ocean and cause damage to the marine life.

It is harder to recycle plastic than you think, and as a result, they end up lying stagnant in landfills or infiltrate streets as litter. PET plastic water bottles take up to 1,000 years to decompose. Statistics show that it takes around three to five times more water to produce a plastic water bottle than the actual volume of water filled in that container.

Why Plastic Water Bottles are Hazardous to the Marine Life?

Millions of tonnes of rubbish enter the oceans every year and plastic water bottles make a large proportion of this waste. As mentioned, plastic bottle caps are non-recyclable and they end up lying stagnant at the bottom of the ocean and cause damage to the marine life. Aquatic animals mistake them for food and starve with stomachs filled with plastic.

In many areas of the world, birds feed on parts of plastic bottles floating on the water, mistaking them for food, and often times the ingestion of plastic leads to their death. It is estimated that more than one million birds are killed each year due to plastic litter.

Why Choose Water-to-Go Water Bottles Over Bottled Water?

Access to cheap and safe water is basic human right but many people are compelled to buy expensive bottles water because of concerns about the quality of tap water. Water-to-Go water bottles are perhaps the cheapest solution to this problem. They do not possess any of the environmental hazards associated with bottled water and are a logical and safe choice for you and your family.

The BPA-free water bottles contain a unique filter that can effectively filter both potable and non-drinking water. With a pore size of 0.7 microns, the filter cleans water from bacteria, viruses, protozoa, chlorine, and heavy metals such as lead. The filter needs to be replaced every 3 months or 200 litres of water, making it a cost-effective alternate of bottled water.

So, enjoy the taste and convenience of bottled water while protecting the environment. Buy now in our shop or send or mail us at contact@watertogo.nl to get your WatertoGo bottle today.