Nearly everyone is guilty of using disposable water bottles at some point. After all, they are everywhere from the gym and work to grocery stores and even our children’s schools. Many people use these single-use plastic water bottles almost exclusively because they are convenient, but how much do you really know about this product? Here are the top reasons you might want to consider making the switch to a reusable glass water bottle that is both eco-friendly and cost effective.
Top 3 Reasons to Ditch Single-Use Water Bottles:
#1: Bottled Water is Wasteful
According to Ban the Bottle, Americans used a total of 50 billion single-use plastic water bottles in 2015. Only 23 percent of recyclable materials are actually recycled in the U.S., which means more than 38 billion water bottles end up in landfills each year. This wouldn’t be such a problem if plastic were biodegradable. Unfortunately, each plastic water bottle takes up to 1,000 years to decompose. That’s a lot of plastic going nowhere.
#2: Bottled Water is Expensive
Water is a hot commodity in the U.S. and water bottle manufacturers know it. According to the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), bottled water reached an average price of $1.20 in 2014. That might sound reasonable until you consider that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently reported the cost of tap water to be roughly $2 per thousand gallons. That places bottled water at a markup 600 times what you would pay for water from your kitchen sink at home.
#3: Tap Water is Just as Safe – If Not Safer – Than Bottled Water
The Safe Drinking Water Act protects tap water and ensures it is closely monitored by the EPA. Bottled water and tap water are held to the exact same safety standards, with one difference: bottled water is not subject to the same reporting standards that are required for tap water. Bottled water manufacturers are not required to state the source of their water or treatment methods, and club sodas, carbonated water or water with more than one percent flavoring are not covered under the Safe Drinking Water Act at all. Recent concerns about BPA and its equally scary cousin, antimony, have consumers reaching for glass, stainless steel or ceramic water bottles.
What Does Recycled Plastic Turn Into?
Chances are, you have several examples of recycled plastic sitting around your house right now. According to Recycle for Your Community, recycled plastics get new life in a variety of different ways. A great deal of plastic is finely shredded and then turned into textile fibers such as the filling you find in sleeping bags and duvet covers. Shredded recycled plastic is also used in insulation, fleece, hats, and even business suits! Plastic that is not shredded is melted and turned into plastic bags, CD and DVD cases, and even patio furniture. There is no end to where your recycled plastic can go.
The Glasstic Advantage
Glasstic water bottles offer the best of both worlds: you get a shatterproof glass water bottle that’s free of BPA and surrounded by a durable plastic shell to help protect your drink no matter how active your lifestyle. Glasstic is permitted in most pool areas, workout facilities and yoga studios, so it is easy to pack your favorite drink to go no matter where the day takes you. All of our shatterproof glass water bottles come with a free lifetime replacement policy, so your water bottle will remain in usable condition no matter what.
Bottled water is more than just a trend: it’s the easiest way to stay hydrated year-round no matter where you are. Make the wise choice and invest in a reusable shatterproof water bottle from Glasstic. Create your very own custom glass water bottle today and share your eco-friendly style with friends!