More than 1,500 plastic water bottles are produced every single second in the United States alone. Much of this plastic is only used once, and then thrown away. Even the cheap, thin plastic water bottles take 450 years to decompose. That's 450 years for something that you used for a matter of minutes.
Many plastic water bottles end up in the ocean, polluting the water and poisoning fish and other ocean life. A 2016 study by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and World Economic Report estimates that by 2050, the amount of plastic in the world's oceans will outweigh the fish.
Drinking bottled water also costs 1,000 times more than drinking tap water, which is an added advantage to not using it.
The challengeThis week, don’t use any plastic water bottles. It doesn't count to simply recycle plastic bottles after using them.
Instead of grabbing a plastic water bottle on the way out the door, just fill up a reusable water bottle. Each refill saves one or more plastic bottles, since reusable bottles usually hold a lot more water. Insulated water bottles also keep your water cold much longer.
Comment below to take the week-long pledge against plastic water bottles!
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