Reusable Water Bottles–Saving the Planet One Refill at a Time

The amount of Hydro Flasks you see in a day may be crazy, but here’s something even crazier–those bottles are saving our environment one “sksksksksksksks” at a time. 

The fact is that plastic water bottles are polluting our landfills and oceans, destroying any chance we have for a good future for the upcoming generations. 

According to plasticoceans.org, the oceans accumulate over 8 million tons of plastic annually. The only way to fix this issue is to start small and work up. 

Starting small is exactly what Student Body Vice President, Camille Terrell, does on an everyday basis. 

“I try to use [plastic water bottles] as little as possible,” Terrell explained. “I like to use reusable water bottles. I have a bunch that I use.”

Reusable water bottles are a great way to contribute to limiting pollution, while also being able to express yourself through different brands, colors, and designs.

“I currently have a Nalgene one–made in the USA,” Terrell stated. “That’s my current one but I will switch them out every once in a while.”

Often times when it comes to pollution, companies get blamed. But in this case it is the consumer that is accountable. If there wasn’t such a high demand for plastic water bottles, then so many companies would not continue to increase production and thrive through the sales of plastic.

According to the Container Recycling Institute, “More than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills and incinerators every day.”

If the people purchasing plastic bottles switched over to reusable bottles, not only would they help the environment, but they’d also be saving money in the long run. The cost of plastic bottles add up, whereas after the initial cost of purchasing a reusable bottle, refills are practically free.

Every person makes a difference, so even one person casting away plastic bottles in favor of reusable can end a lot of pollution. 

Arcadia, a popular water bottle company posts on their website posts, “Since you, the average human, need to drink four plastic bottles per day, you would be saving 1,460 plastic bottles per year by using a reusable bottle.”

Graphic Credit: mightynest.com

Overall, in order to make our planet sustainable for future generations, plastic water bottles need to go and reusable bottles need to become far more mainstream.