Every morning across the world, students pack a bottle of water in order to keep themselves sustained throughout the day, often in preparation for activities such as sports practice or play rehearsal. Among these kids are those who pack plastic water bottles, but many others are now starting to pack reusable water bottles they use on a daily basis. Those who still use plastic bottled water are often aware of the ecological repercussions but claim that they continue to buy them because of convenience or supposed better taste. Yet, a majority of people cannot seem to identify a valid reason for choosing plastic bottled water in lieu of an eco-friendly, reusable water bottle.
When the benefits of reusable bottles are examined, they significantly outweigh those of plastic bottles, both monetarily and health-wise. People seem to neglect the fact plastic bottles can take hundreds of years to decompose which overloads landfills for centuries at a time. Even the production of water bottles uses immense amounts of energy and emits toxins into the surrounding air. Many companies producing bottled water take water from public sources, which harms the environment and can deplete groundwater sources. Additionally, there are tremendous amounts of money wasted on students buying water bottles instead of reusable water bottles, easily making reusable bottles the more cost-efficient option.
Reusable bottles not only help reduce our carbon footprint, but they are actually better for our health being BPA-free and lead-free. I cannot stress to people, of all ages, how purchasing a reusable water bottle is one of the most affordable investments they can make, while gleaning a tremendous amount of benefits from it. This option is such an easy step in becoming a part of a movement toward a healthier Earth, while saving hundreds of dollars on water every year. We must be vigilant about the choices we make when it comes to the well-being of our planet and our bodies in the way we choose to hydrate ourselves.
By Chloe, Teen volunteer with IS Foundation
Edited by Bob Stone