Reusable Water Bottles #bebetter52

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IMG_0827Research shows that Americans use about 50 billion plastic water bottles per year. With bottled water costing 300 times as much as tap water, think about how much money the average American could save simply by investing in a reusable water bottle.

This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to take advantage of reusable water bottles. Purchase or grab one that’s lying around your house and bring it with you wherever you go!

Did you know more than 17 million barrels of oil are used annually to make plastic water bottles? That’s enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. Transportation of the water bottles for sale also uses a significant amount of oil. The energy wasted on bottled water is enough to power 190,000 homes.

Out of the 50 billion plastic water bottles purchased each year, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion plastic water bottles become waste every year. We could eliminate a large chunk of that waste if more people used reusable water bottles.

Not only are plastic water bottles bad for the environment, but they can also be a health hazard. Evidence indicates that plastic water bottles contain “endocrine-disrupting chemicals.” Such chemicals can interfere with the normal functioning of the endocrine system, which helps us produce hormones. A chemical called antimony, known to cause dizziness and depression, can also be found in some plastic water bottles. Why risk your health when reusable bottles are available?

Many people prefer drinking spring water to tap water because of possible contamination and taste preferences. However, many inexpensive water filters are available today. Filtered water is also available in public places such as schools, offices, restaurants, etc., so there’s really no reason to buy plastic water bottles!

Here are a few brands of water bottles we love!

Not only do reusable water bottles benefit the environment and your well-being, but they also make for cute accessories. Sustainable living is the best way to live.

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