Buying bottles of water when you are out and about can be much easier than having to find somewhere to refill your reusable one, so it may seem logical. Did you know that less than 1 in 5 plastic bottles are recycled? Do you recycle yours or just throw them into the bin when you are finished with them?
Plastic bottles can take up to 1000 years to decompose in the landfill. When you send items to the landfill you subject them to a longer decompose time. This is because the condition in the landfill means that the decomposing process slows down extremely. To put things into perspective, those good for the environment Paper Bags that would take 1 month to decompose in your compost could take hundreds of years in landfill. So in fact, that single use bottle that saved you a little time in fact cost the earth much more than it cost you.
Speaking of costs, why buy bottled water when you can reuse a bottle you already have and it will cost you absolutely nothing?
As well as cost and environmental effects of plastic bottles, there is another reason why you may want to stop buying them. People assume that bottled water is higher quality simply because you are paying more for it. It isn’t uncommon for bottled water to be less tested than that which comes through our pipes. Some bottled water is treated well, but also some is not treated at all. Stick to the water from your taps, it’s much better for you.