Plastic vs Reusable Water Bottles

In the United States, approximately 42.6 billion plastic water bottles are purchased each year. Have you ever thought about how much money you have spent on these plastic water bottles? In total, American citizens will spend around $11.8 billion on these plastic water bottles. Are these plastic water bottles really worth all of that money? This blog post will help you make that decision. The use of a $20 reusable water bottle can save the average American $6,180 after five years of use, which is the bare minimum life expectancy of a reusable water bottle. If one person switches to using a reusable water bottle, 217 plastic water bottles will be saved from going to a landfill that year, Not only do they save you a lot of money and help the environment, but they are also a healthier option as opposed to plastic water bottles. Reusable water bottles are lead and BPA free, which is beneficial to you and your families’ well-being. By switching to a reusable water bottle, Americans can save themselves thousands of dollars, help the environment by lowering the amount of plastic waste in the United States, and keep their families safer.

The statistics presented for this topic may be a little overwhelming and difficult to comprehend. However, when they are broken down onto a scale that is easier to relate to, they display just how much of a difference the use of a reusable water bottle can have. In the following calculations, I am going to use a family of four people as my population size. If every member of this family switches to using a reusable water bottle, they will spend approximately $80 to purchase the bottles.

\(\$20\times 4 \text{people} = $80 \text {spent on water bottles for the family}\)

According to the statistics mentioned previously, after five years of using these water bottles, the family of four will have saved around $120,000 by not having to purchase plastic water bottles! Imagine all of the other things you could have purchased with that money over those five years!

\(\$6180\times 5 \text{years}\times4  \text{people}=$123,000 \text{saved}\)

Another aspect that comes with the use of a reusable water bottle is the use of some sort of tap or fountain as the source for the water you will be drinking. As the FDA reports here, tap water and the water that comes in bottled water is the exact same and you should not be alarmed by drinking water from your tap. The average American spends $45 a month on their water bill. Over our five year time span, the average family would spend $2,700 to get tap water. The money that is gained after saving $120,000 from not purchasing plastic water bottles can be repurposed and used for this much better option instead.

\($45 \text{per month}\times 60 \text{months}=$2,700\text{spent on tap water}\)

Another perk of making the switch from plastic to reusable is the amount of plastic waste that will be saved. As stated above, one person switching to reusable can save 217 bottles from going to a landfill, so if everyone in our family of four switches, over the five year time span we have been talking about, they would save about 4, 300 water bottles from going to a landfill. Landfills have a lot of negative effects on the surrounding environment. They create toxic liquids such as leachate, which contaminates surrounding ground water, which is obviously not a good thing for the environment.

\(217 \text{bottles per person per year}  x  4\text{people}  =  900\text{bottles for 4 people for one year}  x  5 \text{years}  =  4340 \text{bottles saved over 5 years}\)

As we have seen throughout this blog post, the perks of using a reusable water bottle certainly outweigh the flaws. The amount of money that the average family of four could save over a 5 year period is enough to convince anyone to make the switch! As previously explained, utilizing the tap water that many American families use is just as clean and safe as drinking the water that comes in plastic bottles. The amount of waste that will be reduced from going to a landfill will also make a large impact. Reducing the amount of waste that goes into a landfill will help to reduce the amount of damage that the landfill could do on the surrounding environment. Overall, the positive changes the reusable water bottles can have for you, your family, and the environment are worth the $20 investment.Image result for switch from plastic to reusable water bottles

The following graphic displays the difference between tap water and bottled water.

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2 Responses to Plastic vs Reusable Water Bottles

  1. Erin Brennan says:

    I wrote about the same topic and still found your blog post to be very informative. I didn’t know that a reusable water bottle can last up to 5 years. It’s amazing that a family of four could save over $120,000 by purchasing them over plastic water bottles. I agree that by switching to reusable water bottles our landfills will not be overloaded with plastic, and that is a major benefit for our environment. I found your calculations startling because it shows that the obvious choice for saving money would be for everyone to purchase a reusable bottle. In my research, I also found that tap water is usually just as clean as the water in plastic bottles. I enjoyed reading your post and learning new information that I didn’t find while looking at the same facts for my blog post.

  2. Ashanti Rubin says:

    This topic caught my eye because it related to my article, in a way as well. I wrote about how much wasted water we all “waste” and I calculated it in terms of how many water bottles would be used. To know that, for as many water bottles as we currently use in todays society, we sometimes waste the actual water and we are harmful to the earth. Like you mentioned, landfills have a lot of negative effects on the surrounding environment. You mentioned that they create toxic liquids that contaminate other water around us, which again is harmful to a lot of living life. I agree that if we are more cautious with our water bottle intake, and if we switch to the more economic and eco-friendly way, then we not only save water, but we save our environment, and we save some money, which is always a good thing.

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