Water Bottles: Friend or Foe?

There’s been a lot of buzz in the media recently about water bottles. There’s a growing concern that bottled water is taking too heavy a toll on the planet and is an unnecessary indulgence.

Some of this buzz is justified. After all, an astonishing nine out of every ten water bottles ends up as litter or in landfills, where they can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. As appalling as this fact is, water bottles still accounted for less than 1/3 of 1% of all waste produced in 2005.

In fact, water bottles are 100% recyclable. The plastic in water bottles can be re-used to create other plastic products and can even be used to make polar fleece jackets! An estimated 1.5 million tons of plastic are used globally every year to create water bottles, but every ounce of this plastic is recyclable and re-usable.

The problem is not the water bottles, it’s the lack of readily available recyling containers in public places and in homes nation-wide. Only half the homes in America have access to curb-side recycling programs, and there’s a dismal lack of recycling centers publicly available.

Patricia Franklin, who works with a non-profit called the Container Recycling Institute, says that the “opportunites for recycling outside the home are minimal, and therein lies the problem.”

We here at Bottle Your Brand are doing everything we can to lessen the impact of our water bottles on the environment. Our bottles are made from PET 1 plastic, which is the safest and most easily recyclable, and we are always seeking out the newest developments in labeling technology that will have a diminished impact on the planet.

We are committed to responsible environmental stewardship and doing everything we can to take care of the world we all share.


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