Drink More Water, Use Less Plastic: Reuseable Water Bottles for Earth Day

The use of plastic in the U.S. is excessive and it is not only harming our planet but harming our wallets.  The average American purchases approximately 167 disposable plastic water bottles a year; averaging out to $266! This money could be saved simply by purchasing a reusable water bottle.

As for our environment, plastic waste is the most common litter on beaches and in water ways. Not only is our recycling system unable to keep up with the mass amounts of plastic being used; only about half of the plastic bottles produced globally are recycled, and less than 10% are recycled into new plastic bottles.  Check out this enlightening story on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for more information.

Reusable water bottles are not only beneficial to the environment and our wallets but help keep us healthy.  Having a filled water bottle on hand rather than disposing of it right away is a great way to ensure we stay hydrated. About 2/3 of our body weight consists of water. Without enough fluid, our body has difficulty moving nutrients and waste, maintaining normal blood pressure, protecting joints and organs, and puts us at risk for dehydration and heat stroke.  Signs of dehydration include thirst, dry lips or dry mouth, flushed skin, headaches, dizziness and fainting, dark yellow, strong smelling urine, along with low blood pressure and heart rate.

Drinking refreshing water plays a major role in reducing the risk of certain diseases. For better health, drink at least 8 glasses of water a day – and for a better environment, fill a reusable bottle from your tap!

Don’t love the taste of water on its own? Change it up by adding fruit (lemon, lime, orange, strawberries), herbs (mint), and/or vegetables (cucumber) to create a refreshing drink.

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