Less Plastic Challenge Day 19: Reusable Water Bottle & Cup

Trash is a huge problem. As we continue to manufacture plastic water bottles, cups, and other disposable ware, we're using up precious resources and increasing pollution which harms us, animals, and the environment. 

In the United States roughly 58 billion paper cups are thrown away each year and not recycled. They end up in the landfill, rivers, lakes, and the ocean. Roughly 20 million trees are cut down to manufacture these cups, and it takes about 12 billion gallons of water to produce them as well. 

 Each year Americans use 50 billion plastic water bottles which take 17 million barrels of crude oil to manufacture. Imagine a water bottle filled  ¼ of the way up with oil--that's how much it takes to produce one bottle! The recycling rate for plastic water bottles is extremely low. 80% of plastic water bottles in the United States are either landfilled, incinerated, or end up in the ocean where they kill marine life. 

What We Can Do:

  • Bring our own reusable mason jar or cup when we order drinks on the go
  • Bring our own reusable water bottle instead of buying plastic bottled water
  • Hold ourselves accountable when we forget our reusables

In most cases, bottled water is not cleaner or safer than filtered tap water. In fact, bottled water is more likely to be contaminated, because it's less regulated than tap water.