Water Bottles and Pollution
Why Not Single-Use Plastic?
Single-use plastics make up the bulk of plastics found in the oceans. Plastic accounts for over 60 percent of the pollution in the oceans. Water bottles are not eco-friendly and have many hazardous effects on the environment. It takes seventeen million barrels of oil to create the amount of bottled water we consume in the United States alone. Most plastic bottles contain BPA's that can get into the water inside them. Plastic does not biodegrade. It goes through a process called photo-degeneration where it is broken down by heat and sunlight. When it is completely broken down it turns into hazardous chemicals like BPA's that get into water, land and animals.
There is a new alternative that is eco friendly and edible. It is called the Ooho. This little gel sack is made of brown algae and calcium chloride. The algae creates a transparent sack around the water that looks like a little transparent water balloon. To drink the water inside you only need to apply a little pressure to make a hole. When you are done drinking the water you can eat the container. If you don't want to eat it that's alright because it is completely biodegradable and non toxic. The Ooho has not yet hit the market, but you can make your own for now.
How to make your own Ooho
2. Bio Plastics
Bio plastic is made out of plants instead of oil. They are biodegradable and can be found on Amazon. Water bottles are not the only product made out of bio plastic. This new alternative is becoming more popular and has a wide range of products ranging from plastic silver wear to baby toys. This new plastic is durable and has the same benefits as original plastic without the hazardous effects. These products can decompose as quickly as eighty days in a compost bin.This is infinitely better for the environment since because they do not break down into BPA's.
3. Steel Water Bottles
This alternative can be used again and again for many years. The steel water bottle can be bought online and in many different stores. It is the easiest of the three to find. If you are looking for a quick and easy replacement this is it. The steel water comes in different designs shapes and sizes. There are some made especially for kids. You can't put them in the microwave, but they are virtually indestructible.
4. Glass Jars and Bottles
Glass containers can be used over and over again which makes them an excellent alternative. They can also be recycled or reused for crafting if they break or crack. Glass bottles come in many shapes and sizes. Jars can be just as effective. The only downside of using a glass container is that they tend to be more fragile than other options and they tend to be a little on the heavier side.
Yes, silicone is technically a form of plastic. However, silicone can be used repeatedly and there are recycling programs specifically for these kinds of products. This is not typically my go-to kind of water bottle, but if I am going on a long hike and I need something lightweight that will last I will opt for a reusable silicone water bottle.
A Solution For Everyone
Organic algae containers you can eat, biodegradable corn plastic and good old fashion metal water bottles are all great alternatives to using plastic water bottles. Whichever you choose you can't go wrong with these eco friendly containers. They each provide you a way to stay hydrated without contributing to pollution.
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Imogen French from Southwest England on July 02, 2014:
Great article with some realistic alternatives to a growing problem. I hate walking on the beach and seeing all those plastic bottles washed up on the strand line, there must be so many out there floating around in the sea. I usually use a metal water bottle when I go out, I have never liked drinking out of plastic.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 01, 2014:
Very interesting. I'm not sure which of the three I really prefer, but I know with certainty I don't do plastic. :)