The fracking boom is flooding the world with Ziploc bags, ketchup packets, and single-use spoons.
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).
I’m currently re-watching “The Wonder Years” during my crafty moments and I’ve come across many lessons and also memories. Somehow is one of those undervalued series that could, among some of those from the 90s, make a come-back. Now, it makes more sense wince I’m watching the series as an adult, back then it was just the cute guy Kevin and wondering if he would end up with Winnie, but now it has a deeper meaning. It triggers my own family memories and invites to me reflect on how things used to be before internet, smartphones and being aware of consumerism and plastic pollution.
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Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes, disposable bags that they throw away without much thought. But where is “away?” Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to the environment, marine life and human health?
Bag It follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world. Jeb is not a radical environmentalist, but an average American who decides to take a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics. Jeb’s journey in this documentary film starts with simple questions: Are plastic bags really necessary? What are plastic bags made from? What happens to plastic bags after they are discarded? What he learns quickly grows far beyond plastic bags.
What he discovers is shocking:
Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it. You’ll be joining a million+ people world-wide from 130 countries in making a difference.
Go step by step and be part of the solution from now on!