Reusable water bottles vs plastic water bottles - which is better?

Bottled water is one of the UK's most popular drink of choice. But the demand for plastic water bottles is having an adverse effect on our environment. This is just one of the reasons people are switching from disposable plastic water bottles to reusable water bottles.

Reusable water bottles

There are many reasons why reusable water bottles are better than plastic water bottles. First of all, 13 billion plastic disposable water bottles are thrown away every year in the UK. But, only 1 in 5 plastic water bottles are recycled. This means that the plastic water bottles can spend up to 500 years on landfill, polluting the soil and the environment. Burning plastics is another disposal technique. But this releases toxic emissions like carbon monoxide into the environment, further contributing to global warming. Using washable water containers prevents plastic waste build-up and slows down global warming.

Plastic water bottles

Once plastic water bottles are in the environment, they are hazardous to birds, fish, and marine wildlife. These animals can choke or tangle themselves in the broken-down microplastic pieces and bottle tops. The plastic waste that enters the ocean kills 1.1 million marine creatures every year. Research by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation found that by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish. This just cannot continue. Reusable water bottles are much better than their plastic counterparts because they reduce plastic pollution and the damage plastic is doing to both nature and wildlife. 

The production of disposable water bottles also impacts the environment. During production, 17 million barrels of oil are used per year. This is enough to oil 1.3 million cars every year. It also takes three times the water to make the bottle as it does to fill it. Is using so much of our natural resources and energy worth it for water bottles that are thrown away after a single use?

Health risk of using plastic water bottles

Using disposable water bottles also puts your health at risk. The chemicals used to make the bottles including BPA have been linked to reproductive issues, asthma and an increased risk of cancer. These chemicals leach into your drink in hot and sunny conditions, times where you are most likely to drink from your single-use water bottle. Reusable water bottles are much better for your health. After all, why would you risk your well-being over a single-use plastic bottle? 

Apart from the environmental and health factors, using a reusable water bottle is more cost-effective. Opting for a reusable water bottle and filling it with tap water can save you and your family thousands a year. So, you are both saving money and saving the environment by reusing your water bottle!

Most people would think that it's a no-brainer that reusable water bottles are a better choice than single-use plastic water bottles. But millions of bottles of water are still purchased every day. We all have the chance to make a difference to the planet before it's too late. Choosing a reusable water bottle instead of a single-use plastic bottle is just the first step for a better future.

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