Based on statistics available from treehugger.com, approximately 1,500 plastic water bottles are used every second in the U.S. This means that about 5,400,000 plastic bottles are used every hour. Keep in mind the fact that this number only accounts for plastic water bottles; it does not even include the plastic soda/juice bottles that are used.
Unfortunately, about 80% of these water bottles are not recycle and therefore end up in landfills. That’s a lot of wasted potential–the energy conserved from recycling one plastic bottle can power a 60-watt lightbulb for 6 hours.
Bottled water is a big waste, and its use is very easy to avoid. Reusable water bottles are widely available, and most are pretty cheap. Rather than spending around $1.25 per bottle of water, by making a very small investment in such a container could save a lot of money over the course of a year, not to mention its largescale elimination of plastic waste; it takes around 700 years for a plastic water bottle to begin degrading, but plastic never fully degrades.
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