There are 1,500 plastic water bottles consumed per second in the US, and 50 billion water bottles consumed around the world every year. Only 5% of those bottles make their way to the recycling bin- most end up in landfills and in the ocean. Plastic bottles and plastic bags are the most prevalent form of pollution found on our beaches and in our oceans.

So what do we do? Simple: stop using plastic bottles. Start drinking from the tap. The FDA actually has stricter rules for tap water than it does for bottled water- so start drinking from the tap! There are a ton of different types of filters that you can flow the water through that are pretty affordable.

Also, invest in your own reusable bottle to carry around with you. Personally, I invested in a Hydro Flask bottle, and I can’t praise it enough! It keeps my water cold for incredible amounts of time, has a lifetime guarantee, and is BPA-free! (BPA stands for bisphenol A. BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s). And guess what- by carrying my water bottle around, I drink way more water than before. Not only am I reducing my carbon footprint, but I feel better too.

Here are a few more alarming facts about plastic water bottles:

  • Every square mile of ocean has 46,000 pieces of floating plastic in it- including plastic water bottles that were not properly recycled. Animals mistakes plastic for food, and it can cause severe harm to their bodies and even death. 

  • It takes 17 million barrels of oil each year just to make plastic water bottles. That’s enough oil to keep a million cars fueled for a whole year!

  • It takes 1,000 years for one plastic bottle to break down.

  • It takes 40,000 18-wheelers just to DELIVER all the plastic water bottles every week.

  • 80% of the plastic water bottles we buy end up in landfills.- that translates to $1 billion worth of plastic each year that should have been recycled where they could have been reused for carpets, synthetic decking, playground equipment, new bottles and containers and so much more.

  • 10% of the plastic manufatured worldwide ends up in the ocean, the majority of that settling on the ocean floor where it will never degrade.

  • The energy that is used to make and distribute bottled water would be enough energy to power 190,000 homes.

  • We are supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day- using tap water that costs about $0.49 a year, that same amount of bottled water costs $1,400.

#GoWilde this week and invest in a reusable water bottle! You will really be making an impact by removing plastic water bottles from your life. And if you do come across plastic water bottles, make sure to properly recycle them!