Banning Plastic Water Bottles [Infographics]

You may not think twice about picking up a plastic water bottle at the airport or a concert venue and then tossing it in the recycling bin whenever you finish hydrating. After all, plastic water bottles are easy to use and accessible—you can find them pretty much anywhere you go.

But all this convenience comes at a major price for the environment on which we all rely. Single-use plastics (such as plastic water bottles) add to our landfills, pollute our oceans, and cause untold devastation to wildlife and the environment as a whole. What’s more, plastic water bottle production contributes to climate change.

The good news? There’s a straightforward solution to the plastic water bottle conundrum. We simply need to use less of them. Plastic water bottle bans in cities, states, and entire countries have made major strides, as well as people converting to reusable bottles.

Take a closer look at plastic water bottle use around the world plus why it’s so important to ban the bottle.

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Tap Water vs Bottled Water [Infographic]

Bottled water is a booming industry, and its sales continue to grow. In the US alone, 97 billion bottles of bottled water are bought each year.

But, is bottled water really that much better than its tap water counterpart? Is it any safer, tastier, or healthier than tap water? And, what about the environmental impact of plastic bottles?

In the infographic below, we compare the differences between bottled water and tap water. You’ll also learn why bottled water really isn’t much better than tap water:

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Stop Killing the Planet with Water Bottles [Infographic]

Naturally, all of us drink water, and many of us opt for bottled water instead of tap in an effort to stay healthier. But drinking from a disposable plastic water bottle isn’t necessarily a healthier option—and it has a highly negative impact on our environment.

It starts well before a plastic bottle even touches your lips. Creating one year’s worth of bottled water requires 17 million barrels of oil, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars or power 190,000 homes. And after a plastic bottle is disposed of, it might become one of the 38 billion bottles that end up in our landfills each year. Even worse, it might wash into the ocean, where plastic waste kills 1.1 million marine creatures annually.

What’s more, plastic water bottles sometimes contain harmful chemicals like BPA, which means that “healthier” bottled water could actually be causing serious health problems.

This infographic from Printwand is a helpful breakdown of the most important facts and statistics that you should know about disposable water bottles, along with the criteria to look for when choosing a reusable alternative (such as those available here).

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The problem with BPA [Video]

Maybe you’ve seen those “BPA-Free” stickers on plastic water bottles before. Having them labeled that way makes it seem like a dangerous chemical, but you can find BPA in all sorts of things: DVDs, shatter-resistant eyeglasses, baby bottles… it’s even in resin that lines some cans of food, and in thermal paper receipts that you get at the store.

Anyway, how bad can BPA actually be?

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Green Documentaries: Story of Stuff

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The Story of Stuff, originally released in December 2007, is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the Stuff in your life forever.

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