Plastic Water Bottles: Convenient Catastrophe?


I’m sure you’ve seen them everywhere. At the store, at school, maybe even in your house. Plastic water bottles are extremely convenient for one-use drinking containers. Completely disposable, these bottles can be recycled, although most aren’t. While they are easy to use and very inexpensive, they are also very taxing on the environment. In this article, we will discover the truth behind these bottles.

One one hand, these one-use disposable H2O containers are reliable and compact. They are convenient and can easily be carried or fit in a bag. Once the bottle is finished, you simply throw it away. They can also be extremely useful in world emergencies when people need water. Another benefit of these bottles is if a person is in an environment where the water there might not be safe to drink. 

On the other hand, these bottles take a toll on the earth. An average piece of plastic can take around 1000 years to decompose in a landfill. Many of these plastic bottles also end up in the ocean, possibly harming wildlife. Another factor to take into consideration is pollution. It takes around ¼ of a water bottle of oil to produce one water bottle. 38 billion water bottles end up in landfills each year. 

So, what are we going to do about this environmental catastrophe? The main, and obvious solution is to simply not use plastic bottles. There are so many different alternatives to plastic water bottles. Metal, glass, or stainless steel are some options. Feel free to get creative with your water bottle. Another solution is to recycle. In our day and age, plastic is inevitable. Recycling is important in keeping our earth healthy. You might be wondering, where can I take my plastic bottles or other recyclable materials? There are a few recycling centers in Springfield. Also, a recycling bin is being placed in more and more classrooms, next to trash cans, and in stores or businesses. Be sure to empty the bottle completely before recycling, as many companies can get picky about what they choose to recycle. Taking off the wrapper is not necessary, but taking off the cap is. 

We have the ability to make a difference in this situation. What are you going to do to help the earth today?



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