Reusable Water-Bottles: What's the deal?
There has been a considerable movement encouraging people always to bring their water bottles and reducing their plastic waste. While there has been a vast improvement in terms of how many people actually bring their own containers, we must look at the facts behind this movement.
According to the UK government, the average Londoner adult uses more than 3 water bottles per week. This means around 175 bottles per year per person in London. That’s a lot of plastic. This adds up to approximately 7.7 million plastic bottles annually bought in the UK alone, and only half of them get recycled.
So what is the difference between a single-use plastic bottle and a reusable one?
- Microplastics: bottled water not only contains micro-plastics, but it is also a huge contributor to micro-plastic pollution.
- Where was the water taken from? (Ex. Fiji Water exploits the Fiji area, monopolizing the local industry leading to a water shortage for the locals. In short, this multi-million dollar company is exploiting the local community for the Western world to continue being pretentious by drinking Fiji Water)
- Only half of the plastic bottles are recycled, and the bottle caps are rarely recycled.
- More expensive than a single-use bottle
- Better investment as it lasts a lifetime: a single-use water bottle costs approximately 50p. If the average person buys 175 bottles a year, this means 87.5£ are spent on plastic-bottles. In comparison, a reusable water bottle costs 20£ and lasts a lifetime.
- More energy to make it but it lasts longer.
Now that we have established that a reusable water bottle is more sustainable and economical than a single-use plastic one let's look at what type fits better to your needs.
- Not breakable
- Safe for children (however, most reusable water bottles still contain BPA, a toxic chemical )
- Dishwasher safe
- It's still plastic, meaning the non-renewable resource, petroleum, is still used.
- Not easily recyclable
- Easily breakable
- Not safe for children
- Not breakable
- No flavor change
- Long life cycle
- Can be recycled
- Not lined with plastic
- Can dent easily
If you would like to help reduce your daily plastic waste, purchase a reusable waterbottle here