It is no secret that one of the quickest ways to cut down on our individual plastic consumption, is by carrying a reusable bottle around with us. Sure, you make an initial investment into a kanteen or another sort of bottle, however the cost savings is ridiculous. Not to mention the savings on your health and the environment. Not only will you help to cut back on resources that go into making plastic bottles (it's not just the end product that causes issues), but you will likely drink more water and save yourself from exposure to toxic chemicals found in plastic.
Plus, if you purchase an insulated kanteen (like our's), contents will stay cold for about 24 hours and warm for at least 6! (Uh, think about the savings on coffee!)
So what are you waiting for? Grab a kanteen, give a kanteen, and promote the ditching of bottled water! (For yes, people are judging you and your plastic water bottle just like they're judging your plastic grocery bag choice).
Get a Prawno Kanteen here and use promo code NOPLASTIC to get $5.00 off your bottle!
Good Reasons to Ditch the Plastic Bottle
(Source: Ban the Bottle)
- Making bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year1. And that’s not even including the oil used for transportation.
- The energy we waste using bottled water would be enough to power 190,000 homes2.
- Last year, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles, but only recycled 38.3
- Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year3.
- The recommended eight glasses of water a day, at U.S. tap rates equals about $.49 per year; that same amount of bottled water is about $1,400.
- Antimony, which is found in PET plastic bottles, in small doses can cause dizziness and depression; in larger doses it can cause nausea, vomiting and death.
Many people drink bottled water because they believe it to be of a higher quality, cleaner and better-tasting, but that’s not necessarily true.
- In the United States, 24 percent of bottled water sold is either Pepsi’s Aquafina (13 percent of the market) or Coke’s Dasani (11 percent of the market). Both brands are bottled, purified municipal water3.
- If you don’t like the taste of your tap water, try a filtered water pitcher.
- Dr. Gina Solomon, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group, told The New York Times that “there is no reason to believe that bottled water is safer than tap water.”7
- In the U.S., public water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which requires multiple daily tests for bacteria and makes results available to the public. The Food and Drug Administration, which regulates bottled water, only requires weekly testing and does not share its findings with the EPA or the public7.