Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Problems with Plastic Bottles

Reusable bottles are a smart alternative to those extremely overpriced and environmentally un-friendly bottled waters everyone seems to have in their hands nowadays. If you are contributing to this bottled water mess, it's time to pick up a reusable bottle and set a trend. Not only will a reusable bottle help save you money, it will help save the environment. Up to 22 billion plastic bottles are ending up in landfills each year. If that's not enough to persuade you to help the environment, read a few facts below.

    Americans will buy an estimated 25 billion single-serving, plastic water bottles this year. Eight out of 10 (22 billion) will end up in a landfill.

    Bottled water is a rip off - consumers spend an estimated $7 billion on bottled water in US each year. Worldwide 2.7 million tons of plastic are used to bottle water each year.

    1.5 million barrels of oil is used annually to produce plastic water bottles for America alone - enough to fuel some 100,000 U.S. cars for a year.

    The bottled water you purchase is often in #1 PET or PETE bottles (polyethylene terephthalate), which may leach DEHA, a known carcinogen, if used more than once.

    There is a growing problem, "in 1990, Americans bought 1.1 billion pounds of plastic in the form of bottles, according to the Container Recycling Institute. In 2002, they bought more than three times that - 4 billion pounds."

    Increasing evidence of adverse health effects tied to Bisphenol A or BPA a widely used chemical in the manufacturing of plastic polycarbonate bottles, including baby bottles, water bottles and food / beverage containers.

Like all plastic, these bottles will be with us forever since plastic does not biodegrade; rather, it breaks down into smaller and smaller toxic bits that contaminate our soil and waterways. Because of alarming stats like these, the movement to lessen our reliance on bottled water is beginning to build up steam. The manufacturing of reusable water bottles is being led by a variety of companies that offer the latest innovation in hydration technology. Brands like CamelBak, Nalgene and Klean Kanteen have flooded the market with these stylish, eco-friendly, reusable containers, all produced without the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA).

The next time you hydrate, do yourself and Mother Nature a favor, and pick up a reusable bottle. It’s the healthier, eco-friendlier way to quench your thirst.

Workwear1 is offering a free 750 ml CamelBak Better Bottle with your purchase of $25 or more, a $15 retail value.

Written By: Mike Girolami, President of WorkWear1, , Local Distributor of Carhartt Work Clothing, Redford MI

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