Sustainable Alternatives: Water Bottle Edition

Do you know how hard it is to find a plastic-free water bottle? Ok…not that hard, but they’re not that readily available, either. It took a simple Google search, admittedly, to learn that Kleen Kanteen makes a water bottle made with a stainless steel body and lid topped with bamboo and framed with a silicone gasket (no plastic, yay!). Tt’s not usually sold in stores, but the lovely proprietor of Fireside Camp Supply in my neighborhood ordered mine for me. Isn’t this just the prettiest thing you ever did see?

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Some terrifying statistics that I found out about bottled water include:

  • “The United States is the world’s leading consumer of bottled water, with Americans drinking 26 billion liters in 2004, or approximately one 8-ounce glass per person every day.” (Earth Policy Institute)
  • “Making bottles to meet Americans’ demand for bottled water requires more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel more than 1 million U.S. cars for a year. Worldwide, some 2.7 million tons of plastic are used to bottle water each year.” (Earth Policy Institute)
  • “According to the Container Recycling Institute, 86 percent of plastic water bottles used in the United States become garbage or litter.”(Earth Policy Institute)
  • “Studies have shown that chemicals called phthalates, which are known to disrupt testosterone and other hormones, can leach into bottled water over time. One study found that water that had been stored for 10 weeks in plastic and in glass bottles contained phthalates, suggesting that the chemicals could be coming from the plastic cap or liner. Although there are regulatory standards limiting phthalates in tap water, there are no legal limits for phthalates in bottled water — the bottled water industry waged a successful campaign opposing the FDA proposal to set a legal limit for these chemicals.” (NRDC)
  • “In 2006, the equivalent of 2 billion half-liter bottles of water were shipped to U.S. ports, creating thousands of tons of global warming pollution and other air pollution. In New York City alone, the transportation of bottled water from western Europe released an estimated 3,800 tons of global warming pollution into the atmosphere. In California, 18 million gallons of bottled water were shipped in from Fiji in 2006, producing about 2,500 tons of global warming pollution.” (NRDC)

So…plastic water bottles are bad for you and the planet. Yuck. Why not quit bottled water and switch to a reusable one? Check some other plastic-free options here and here.

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