The unreal facts of bottled water:
~ Sixty million plastic bottles end up in American landfills daily.
~ Thirty-eight billion water bottles are discarded into landfills every year.
~ Last year, consumers spent $15 billion on disposable bottled water.
~ Bottling water has produced more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.
~ It takes three liters of water to produce one liter of bottled water.
~ Consumers use 1.5 million tons of plastic for water bottles each year; less than 5% of this plastic waste is recycled.
~ You can get approximately 450 gallons of tap water for the price of one bottled water.
~ Producing the bottles for American consumption required the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of oil, not including the energy for transportation ~ Hydros Website.
The next type is the standard plastic reusable water bottle available at most stores. They are typically made from thermoplastic polymers – otherwise known as polycarbonate. Polycarbonate is also used in the manufacture of CDs, iPods, sunglasses, computer shells, and almost everything else made from plastic. The worry is that polycarbonates have been proven to leach BPA, a synthetic hormone that can disrupt hormones (particluarly estrogen) and cause prostate cancer.
Bisphenol A, otherwise known as BPA, is a chemical compound primarily used to harden plastic. While the industry that makes BPA says that it is safe, there have been several reports lately about how it could be toxic to the human body because it mimics the sex hormone estradiol when exposed to high temperatures and/or certain dish detergents. ~ The Good Human
This is not generally a problem for other plastic products that we don’t use to contain our food and drink. But what is a real concern is the fact that most baby bottles are made out of polycarbonate. When these are used to heat up milk the BPA could be leaching in at an even higher rate than normal.
It is possible to find plastic bottles that are BPA free – although be aware that some still use BPA in linings etc. An eco-friendly option in this range is the Vapur flexible water bottle. These make carrying water easy and convenient. The bottles can be rolled, flattened or folded when they are empty – so no more bulk in your bag once you have finished. This removes the temptation to opt for a disposable bottle. About 87% lighter than typical rigid bottles, the slim, flexible Anti-Bottle only packs water weight. It also uses less energy to make and transport than rigid bottles, so not only is the Anti-Bottle light on your load, its environmental impact is also pretty “lite.” Vapur now has multiple product lines of Anti-Bottles, ranging from the highly-technical Element to the Quencher line for kids.
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