Saving the Environment One Bottle At A Time

Plastic water bottles may seem safe and harmless, but they pose a huge threat to the environment.

East Tennessee State Universtiy’s Eco Nuts, student workers hired by the sustainability department, held a showing of the documentary Tapped this semester to help educate students on the dangers of plastic water bottles.

The documentary explores the bottled water business and the risks plastic water bottles pose on the environment.

Kathleen Moore, director of ETSU’s sustainability department believes plastic water bottles should be avoided, and students and faculty should gravitate more towards reusable water bottles.

“People think that recycling plastic water bottles is the first step they should take, but the first step is to refuse them,” said Moore. “If you do have to buy a plastic water bottle try to reuse it, and then your last step should be to recycle it.”

So, why is it important to reduce the number of plastic water bottles being used?

According to www.thewaterproject.org, “U.S. landfills are overflowing with 2 million tons of discarded water bottles alone.”

This statistic becomes even more shocking when you factor in the time it takes for a plastic water bottle to decompose.

According to www.des.nh.gov, it takes 450 years for one plastic water bottle to decompose in the environment.

Instead of adding to the problem, try to find a way around it. Reusable water bottles can be found at almost any supermarket, and it’s cheaper too!

Buying a water bottle to reuse is cheaper in the long run. With plastic bottles, people aren’t paying for the water, they are paying for the plastic.

Also, bottled water is the same thing as tap water. People say they can taste a difference, but the two types of waters have more in common than most people think.

Try using a water filter pitcher if the taste of tap water is too much. These pitchers are fairly inexpensive and can be found at almost all supermarkets.

Ditch the plastic, and stick to a useable water bottle like a CamelBak. Add stickers to the bottle for a personal touch.

Who said saving the environment was expensive? Switching to this sustainable practice saves money and also makes a difference in the world’s waste.

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