Plastic Bottle Facts
- America’s demand for bottled H2O uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. That’s not including the oil used for transportation.
- Last year, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles, but only recycled 38. Recently, we learned that plastic is no longer being recycled due to China no longer accepting US plastics.
- Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 9 percent (and declining), which means over 40 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year.
- The recommendation to drink 8 glasses of water a day equals about $.49 per year; that same amount of bottled water is about $1,400
- Antimony, which is found in PET plastic bottles, in small doses can cause dizziness and depression; in larger doses it can cause nausea, vomiting and death
Be a Plastic Bottle HoW Changer
Say no to plastic bottles! BYOB and fill up anywhere using applications such as TAP.
Use plastic bottle alternatives, such as reusable water bottles. More alternatives here (link this to the Bottles Recommendations section)
Ask your school or office for a water filtration system program that encourages students or employees to bring reusable bottles
Attend local rallies and efforts for restricting and banning single use plastics, your voice matters
- Reach Out
Contact your favorite water bottle companies asking them to consider eco-alternatives to plastic