As we know (but don’t really seem to take seriously), disposable, plastic bottles are detrimental to the environment and hazardous to your health. Learn about the damage already caused, actions underway to fix the problem and what you can do to protect yourself and the planet. Seriously, this shit’s getting out of hand.

Causing Flood of Harm to Environment

The booming bottled water industry has impacted more than just our wallets; it has severely damaged the environment.

Did you know it takes three times the volume of water to manufacture one bottle of water than it does to fill it? And because of the chemical production of plastic creation, that water is mostly unusable.

Water bottles are made from recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics, which in a process called ‘photodegrating’ breaks down into smaller fragments that go on to absorb toxins that pollute our water, contaminate our soil and sicken our livestock.

Of the more than 50 billion water bottles consumed annually (with the U.S. adding 1,500 to that number every second), only 10% is recycled.

This Huffington Post article examines the ways the creation, usage and mindless disposal of plastic water bottles is severely harming the land, air and water around us.

Devastating to Oceans and Marine Life

 

He looks happy - but he's actually super pissed.

Flowing over more than three-quarters of our planet, oceans are our lifeblood; producing more than half of the oxygen in our atmosphere, absorbing the most carbon and home to millions of different animal and plant species.

The problem: they are riddled with plastic pollution.

More than 100,000 marine mammals and a million seabirds die annually from ingesting and becoming entangled in plastic pollution.

As this article discusses, more than 10% of the plastics manufactured worldwide end up in the ocean with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile. The majority of this waste sinks to the oceans floor, where they will never degrade, due to the absence of sunlight.

Research Points to More Than 24,000 Toxins in Bottled Water

After conducting tests on 18 different bottled water products, a study identified 24,520 different chemicals found, including an endocrine-disrupting chemical (EDC) known as di(2-ethylhexyl) fumarate, or DEHF, which is completely unregulated. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who has no f**king clue what that is.

Plastic, BPA and the Risks to Your Health

In an effort to reduce waste, save money and avoid chemicals found in bottled water, several individuals have turned to reusable bottles, only to discover yet another f*cking problem: BPA. (can’t catch a break)

Chemical bisphenol-a, BPA, is the main component of polycarbonate, the hard plastic often used to make a variety of products including reusable plastic bottles, food storage containers, contact lenses and electronics.

This article discusses the range of human health problems liked to BPA, including a higher risk to certain cancers, reduced fertility, birth defects, diabetes and a slew of other absurdities.

Reusable BPA-Free Water Bottles

Until scientists discover that this too is slowly killing us all, the solution is to simply use Reusable BPA-Free Water Bottles.

Plastic Water Bottle Bans

In an effort to curb plastic pollution and hopefully ignite a nationwide trend, last year San Francisco became the first major city in the U.S. to enact a ban on the sale of plastic water bottles.

Over the next four years, the ban will phase out the sale of plastic water bottles holding 21 ounces or less on city property, both indoor and outdoors.

While the ban has been well received by many, it is not without critics such as park vendors, food truck operators, street fairs, convention centers and those skeptical of SF’s preparation to have alternative sources of water readily available.

The goal of the ban is to have zero waste going to SF landfills by 2020; its current percentage is 80 percent.

San Francisco’s ban is less strict than the full water bottle ban currently passed in 14 national parks, several universities and in Concord, Massachusetts.

Two Dozen National Parks Ban Plastic Water Bottles

In an effort to meet the goal of decreasing expensive and un-ecological solid waste load, 23 National Parks have instituted bans against the sale of plastic, disposable water bottles; a move proponents and the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility say will cut down on nearly one-third of solid waste parks must pay to haul away. Plastic water bottles currently represent the largest source of trash on most National Parks.

The disposable water bottle ban in National Parks experienced a slow start due to the influence of Coca-Cola, whose Dasani water is one of the top sellers. In 2010, just days before a long-planned plastic water bottle ban was to take effect at Grand Canyon National Park, the National Parks System director, Jon Jarvis, blocked the ban and abandoned plans to minimize plastic water bottle sales by 75% in all NP units by 2015.

However, after the matter gained enough attention, NPS relented and issued a directive, which required parks to study impacts of instituting a ban before permitting it to go through. The analysis included assessment of eliminated waste from park, costs of installing and maintaining water filling stations for visitors, impact of revenue from concessions and consultation with the Park Service’s Public Health Office.

Currently, in addition to the 23 water-bottle free National Parks, California’s Golden Gate National Park and Florida’s Biscayne Bay National Park are both installing free water “filling stations,” and Washington’s Mount Rainier National Park is working on its ban.

Erin Diaz, director of Think Outside the Bottle says, “We applaud the more than 20 national parks that have ended the sale of bottled water on park lands, taking a critical step towards reducing waste and standing up as leaders within the park service by protecting water as a public good. With the support of our members, allies, and hundreds of small businesses, organizations and park partners, Corporate Accountability International is calling on the the National Park Service to end the sale of bottled water.”

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