The Environmental, Financial and Health Effects of Bottled Water

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It’s Time to Start Making Sense of Bottled Water!

Staying hydrated is important; especially during the warmer summer months. Carrying water on the go is a great way to make sure you drink plenty of fluids, but the type of bottle you use makes all the difference to the environment. Bottled water has become big business and the environmental impact can be dire.

Making Sense of Bottled Water

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Check out our infographic above to get the full rundown, but here’s why you should think about filling and using a reusable stainless steel water bottle instead of buying single-use plastic bottles.

Bottled Water Can Be Expensive

Bottled water can cost anywhere from 50-cents to $5 per bottle. It may not seem like a big expense, but this cost can really add up. If you were to purchase one disposable bottle of water a day for 5 days a week, over the course of a month that would add up to $50; after a year it would set you back $600. A reusable water bottle is a one-time expense and it can be used again and again. A single stainless-steel reusable water bottle can last for as long as a decade, so that can work out to a cost savings of almost $6,000.

Environmental Implications of Plastic Water Bottles

Single-use plastic bottles are really easy to recycle, but unfortunately, less than 23 percent of disposable plastic water bottles actually are recycled. The plastic bottles that are not recycled can end up in landfills. The problem with this scenario is that plastic bottles are not biodegradable. If plastic bottles end up in a landfill, they will just sit there taking up space… effectively forever. Over time, with exposure to the elements, the plastic may break down into smaller and smaller pieces of plastic and leach into the soil.

Another possible outcome when it comes to empty disposable plastic water bottles, is litter. All of the problems single-use plastic water bottles can cause when they end up in a landfill are still a risk when they end up as litter, plus they are also a threat to animals and their habitats.

If the lack of recycling and the resulting environmental problems weren’t enough of a reason for you to pass on disposable, plastic water bottles, then the use of nonrenewable resources should convince you. In the U.S. bottled water production uses 17 million barrels of oil each year.

Health Concerns of Disposable Plastic Water Bottles

BPA, or Bisphenol A, is a chemical compound found in most plastics. Research has shown that BPA can seep into food and beverages. Exposure to BPA is a serious health concern and can impact the brain and increase blood pressure. The best way to avoid exposure to BPA is to not use plastic beverage and food containers. Luckily, there are plastic options like our custom water bottles that are made from lightweight, durable, BPA free plastic.

Position Your Brand to Make an Impact

Bottled water can seem like a harmless way to take a drink on the go, but from the use of nonrenewable resources, the environmental impact and health concerns bottled water just isn’t worth it. If you are looking for a healthy alternative for yourself, your prospects and the planet, consider switching to reusable water bottles.

The durable material ensures reusable water bottles last for years, which also makes them a great marketing tool. You can spread your branding message with water bottles in bulk and increase your brand’s awareness in an environmentally friendly way.

Check out our selection of reusable water bottles, fill out a product quote request or contact us at 866.222-0949 and we will get started creating an effective, eco-friendly marketing tool for your brand that will make a splash.


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3 thoughts on “The Environmental, Financial and Health Effects of Bottled Water

    • Shane Shirley, CMO Post author

      Well aren’t you kind Jane! We are so glad you found value in it. Great info indeed. Have a great week. – SS

  1. Heather Rose

    Thanks for sharing this article. I believe that this is very helpful in making the reader to realize or decide to stop buying bottled water. I also believe that you can save a lot of money when you stop buying bottled water. You can also use the money for other important things.


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