New Years, a time to get together, celebrate, and prepare for the coming year. Some indulge in the crazy festivities while other relax and enjoy the fireworks. Many people make this time of year a time to set goals for the future, aka New Year’s Resolution. Spanning from putting in more volunteer hours to working out 5 days a week, whether it is for yourself, family, community or the environment, setting goals is important for anyone’s future.
This year, the Ban the Bottle team wants you to add one more resolution to your list. It’s simple and takes no additional time out of your day . This year, we ask you to purchase a reusable water bottle and ditch plastic bottled water. It’s as easy as that. Check out some of our reusable bottle recommendations here: 5 of the Best Reusable Bottles. Fill up at home, at your workplace, or many public locations that provide public water filling station. You find the cost savings is well worth it and you’ll feel good about improving your environmental footprint.
Many are aware of the detrimental impact plastic waste has on our health, economy, and environment, especially plastic bottles. Here are just a few statistics to put it in perspective:
- Making bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. And that’s not even including the oil used for transportation.
- The energy we waste using bottled water would be enough to power 190,000 homes.
- The recommended eight glasses of water a day, at U.S. tap rates equals about $.49 per year; that same amount of bottled water is about $1,400.
- Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year.
What green goals are on your list for 2014?