Yes you are right, we are a fashion publication not an environmental one, but it’s everyone’s responsibility to highlight the environmental harm caused by these innocent looking bottles. Every second of every day, 1,000 people open a plastic bottle of water in the United States alone. It’s a staggering statistic laid out by Peter Gleick in his book, Bottled and Sold, but it’s even more eye-opening when you consider it was written in 2010. Since then, consumption of bottled water has increased by nearly 20%. That’s a lot of new bottles to open and a lot to throw away. In addition to the fact that there are some fantastic flask style bottles that are both pretty and functional. All we need to do is remember to take them along… CIIN gives you the lowdown on how harmful these bottles truly are…
It’s Bad for You
Plastic drinking bottles contain many chemicals, some of which interfere with hormones in the body. These chemicals include bisphenol-A, or BPA, and phthalates, among others. Chemicals in the plastic can leach into bottled water, especially when exposed to heat or when the bottle is old. Different types of plastic—indicated by the number inside the triangle of arrows on the bottom of the bottle—contain different chemicals. Bottlers generally use the type of plastic labeled “1,” and identified by the letters PET or PETE. Advocacy groups including the Natural Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club have pointed out evidence of harmful chemicals leaching into food or water and have called for further research to ensure safety.
Trash Piles Up
Even though plastic drinking bottles are recyclable, most end up in landfills or as litter. When you throw away a plastic drinking bottle, it will sit in a landfill for hundreds of years without decomposing. The growing piles of our plastic garbage and litter threaten our wildlife and natural areas, making our world a less beautiful and less healthy place.
When you hear of efforts to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, you may envision driving your car as the primary way you use petroleum. But every time you buy a plastic drinking bottle, you are also using some of the world’s limited supply of oil, manufacturers use petroleum to make and transport plastic products. Plastic bottle production requires millions of barrels of crude oil annually. Beverage companies then use fuel to transport the bottles all over the world, polluting the atmosphere in the process. The next time you drink a bottle of water, take a look at the label to see where it came from and how far it traveled. Bottled water frequently travels thousands of miles to people who already have clean tap water readily available.