Plastic water bottles are not necessary and are easily replaceable. They contribute to the problem with plastic because many people use them frequently but do not recycle them. About 75 percent of empty plastic water bottles end up in landfills, lakes, streams, and oceans. They are also bad for the environment. Plastic water bottles waste fossil fuels in production and transport. “Bottled water production in the United States used the energy equivalent of 32 and 54 million barrels of oil to produce and transport plastic water bottles in 2007, enough to fuel about 1.5 million cars for a year” (Food & Water Watch).
Some people use plastic water bottles because they believe it to be higher quality, cleaner and better tasting but that’s not always true. In the U.S. public water or tap water actually has stricter regulations than bottled water. Public water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which requires multiple daily tests. Bottled water is regulated by the Food and Drug administration and only requires weekly testing.
Some things we can do to reduce the problem of plastic water bottles are using a filtered water pitcher if you want cleaner and better tasting water or using a reusable water bottle. Both of these options will save you money because you won’t need to purchase bottled water and they will help reduce the impact of plastic water bottles on the environment because you will be using less of them.
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