I recently saw a Brita water filter commercial on TV. It claimed Americans drink approximately 48 billion disposable bottles of water a year. That’s enough plastic waste to circle the globe more than 230 times.
The average American used close to 167 disposable water bottles last year, but only recycled about 38 of them. That’s more than $1 billion worth of plastic wasted each year.
It takes more than 17 million barrels of oil annually to make the bottles necessary to supply America’s bottled water supply. That’s the equivalent of fueling 1.3 million cars for a year. The energy we waste using bottled water would be enough to power 190,000 homes.
Our precious fuel should not be wasted on disposable plastic to hold our daily drinking water. Let’s be responsible and fill up our own water bottles.
So, are they really disposable?
Plastic bottles can take anywhere from 70-450 years to decompose in the landfill sites. The more plastic bottles we consume, the more usable land we will need to dispose of them.
Let’s all learn a very valuable lesson. From a bottle. Instead of a message in a bottle, how about a message from a bottle? Our world is finite. Its resources are limited. We are responsible for respecting and protecting those resources. Not wasting them. God made everything. Let’s take care of the earth and everything in it that He created and gave to us.
The next time you want to grab a disposable plastic bottle of water, think again. Can you instead fill a 16 or 32-ounce Nalgene water bottle that will cost you around ten bucks and last you decades with tap water and help save our environment and a few hundred dollars for your budget annually as well?
The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it. For He has founded it upon the seas And established it upon the rivers.
Love and laughter,