5 Ways YOU Can Help Reduce Plastic Bottle Waste

Published On May 31, 2012 | By Hannah Ellsbury | Articles

As many of us may be aware, plastic bottle waste is an enormous, detrimental issue not only in the United States, but all around the world. On average, the United States alone purchases and consumes over 50 billion plastic bottles per year. If that statistic isn’t bad enough, only 40% of those 50 billion plastic bottles are recycled or put to better use. This means that 3 out of 5 plastic bottles purchased in the United States are thrown away (Sustainable Business Forum).

In doing so, our landfills are increasing in size, thus unfavorably threatening our ecosystem.  This includes humankind. Plastic bottles contain a harmful industrial chemical called Bisphenol A or BPA. Although consuming this chemical in small amounts by drinking through a plastic bottle is not toxic, the plastic bottle waste build up can accumulate masses of this chemical, infecting clean water supply.

In addition to the potential harm of BPA, most plastic bottles are made of polyethylene terephthalate or PET. Studies show, similar to BPA, that minute amounts of PET found in plastic bottles may not be directly harmful unless over consumed which then could negatively affect the human body by throwing off the hormonal balance or worse (Sustainable Business Forum).

Although these statistics may be displeasing, there are many simple ways to do your part in reducing plastic bottle waste, thus reducing the damage inflicted on our ecosystem.

Here are 5 simple ways to reduce your part in plastic bottle waste:

  1. Discontinue purchasing plastic bottles. Instead, purchase a sustainable, reusable bottle.
  2. If you purchase a plastic bottled beverage, recycle it after use.
  3. Purchase an at-home water filter to keep in your refrigerator.
  4. Ban plastic bottles within your household and/or workplace.
  5. Find a reusable, sustainable, eco-friendly alternative for many household items such as shampoo, soap, and beverage containers.

Now, we’d like to know how YOU help reduce plastic bottle waste. Tell us your story below!

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11 Responses to 5 Ways YOU Can Help Reduce Plastic Bottle Waste

  1. charles mwangi says:

    hello, thanks for resourceful information.
    am Charles, a tourism student in Kenya and would wish that this campaign be extended to Kenya, there are a lot of plastic water bottle that are being manufactured in Kenya and they are really polluting the environment.
    expecting to hear from you soon.


    • Hannah Ellsbury says:

      Hi Charles! Thanks for reaching out to us. I would recommend taking a look at our “Start a Campaign” page for various ways to begin your own Ban the Bottle movement anywhere in the world!

      • Zin says:

        Hi Hannah,

        I am constructing a sustainability portal for a community, and I really like the plastic bottle image in this article. Would you please grant me the permission to modify and reuse it on my site? That would be wonderful. Please let me know. Thanks!

        • Hannah Ellsbury says:

          Hi Zin,

          This is not our image. I would recommend finding the original source to ask.


          • kratika sharma says:

            these plastics bottel should banned in all the world because it is very harmfull for us and for environment.

    • V says:

      WTF is anyone concerned about plastic bottles when we are near WW3?

    • Manuel Abbascia says:

      I’m working on a project that will reduce plastic water bottle waste in every home. Been working on this for 3 years, I finally have my concept and made a few proto types. This will be one of those moments when we all say… Why didn’t I think of that!! After I sit with my attorney next week and get the patent. I will follow up and share soon!! This will be better for our environment, a better world for US!!p.

  2. A World Without Plastic

    It would be fantastic,
    If we stopped using plastic,
    And eased the world’s pain,
    With a healthy food chain.
    Turtles would no longer gag,
    On a supermarket’s bag.
    Sea birds could have a meal,
    Of food that was real.

    To read more go to :

  3. Sam says:

    I just discovered a fairly new brand of water filter called Soma and not only is made out of shatter-resistant glass, the filter is made out of plant based fibers so it is sustainable! The company also has a really cool infographic that shows astounding statistics about plastic and how much damage/pollution it is causing to our environment. If you want to check it out just search drinksoma.com/ditchtheplastic

  4. Nithya says:

    I feel like people think recycling is the best solution for everything. In reality, recycling won’t stop plastic bottle companies from producing plastic bottles which ultimately cannot be composted if consumers continue to dispose of them in the garbage. Promoting reusable bottles and possibly even innovating a new material which is more eco-friendly would be more effective steps in the battle to reduce plastic bottle waste.

  5. Alena Sham says:

    I’ve been moving away from plastic gradually, and love bringing my work lunches in glass containers and I love my bkr brand water bottles. I realized recently that my kitchen kettle was still fully plastic. An avid tea drinker, I never had it occur to me that maybe I should look for an alternative! So I found a ceramic electric kettle online made by Bella houseware. Not only is it made of ceramic, heats up quick, and is silent, but it’s soooo cute and and you can set the kettle on any service even if the water is still hot. I noticed my teas taste better now and feel much better about my health!!

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