Today, it seems that everywhere you look, bottled water has a disdain attached to it. People far and wide believe that consuming bottled water is harmful to the environment, and is a main source of pollution in our oceans. However, despite all of this negative attention surrounding the bottle, there is a whole lot of data that speaks to the contrary, and with new recycling tactics, reusing that plastic is easier than ever. Join us today as we explore some of these facts, and show you the true impact of a water bottle on the world around us.
First and foremost, many water bottle distributors nowadays create their plastic from polyethylene terephthalate, otherwise known as PET. This type of plastic makes for an excellent water and moisture barrier, is easy to produce, and easy to recycle. In fact, 100% of PET plastics are recyclable, and since over 90% of U.S. households have access to curbside recycling and drop-off recycling programs, these water bottles will be put to good use.
By recycling one plastic water bottle, you can conserve enough energy to light a 60-watt light bulb for the next six hours. Now, there comes the argument that plastic production is at an all-time high, and that these water bottles contribute to it. To this, we say that the EPA estimates that plastic water bottles make up only 0.92% of all plastic production in the United States. Not only that, but the EPA also says that plastic water bottle waste accounts for only 0.33% of the waste stream in the U.S. With both of these figures being less than one percent, consuming your water bottle doesn’t plan a huge role in the environment.
Here at Glen Summit Spring Water, we believe in the water bottle, and recycling of it. It only takes a few minutes to put it in the recycling bin, but it can save a monumental amount of energy in the long run.
We hope you enjoy our water, and recycle!