Plastic Water Bottles Are Destroying Our Oceans

Plastic Water Bottles Are Destroying Our Oceans

That’s right. Plastic water bottles are literally destroying our environment, and the most heartbreaking part about it? There are so many other better, healthier, and environmentally-friendly alternatives to single-use plastic bottles.

Right now the average American throws away almost 185 pounds of plastic per year, and only a 5% of that is able to actually be recycled.

“There are billions of pounds of plastic floating around in oceans and other bodies of water, making up about 40% of the world’s surface.”

Plastic contributes to around 90% of all of the trash found in the ocean, and that floating plastic secretes harmful toxins into the soil and water, destroying animal habitats and killing one million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals per year.

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90% of the trash floating in the ocean is plastic waste

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44% of all seabirds have been found with plastic on them

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80% of all single-use plastic bottles become litter

Plastic is not biodegradable, and when you use plastic bottles, you are contributing the 35 billion plastic bottles that are being thrown away each year.  The further add to the problem, plastic takes anywhere from 500 to 1,000 years to degrade.

This means that the plastic water bottle that you bought before your track race will likely float in the ocean or sit in a landfill for around 800 years before it fully degrades.

 

So what exactly can you do about it?

The best thing you can do is avoid plastic bottles altogether. Instead, try a reusable glass growler bottle. It is better for the environment, saves you money, is better for your health (no chemicals) and looks genuinely cool.

Reusable growler bottles are made of glass and do not need to be thrown away after one use. If you do wish to dispose of your growler bottle, it is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity. Recycled glass can be substituted for 90% of raw materials, and can actually be used to make glass products again. Recycled glass containers are always needed because glass manufacturers require high-quality recycled container glass to meet market demands for new glass containers. When you used glass bottles, (even if you opt to recycle them after one or two uses), you are helping to save  more than a ton of natural resources for every ton of glass recycled.

“But no!” you say, “Growler bottles are so expensive! I don’t want to spend $20 on a glass bottle from a hipster boutique website!” And to that, my eco-conscious friend, I say “nay.”

Fresh Water Systems sells all different types of growler bottles in singles and in bulk for way cheaper than any specialty store. I’m talking less-thank-3-dollars-for-a-single-bottle-cheaper. And if you don’t want a glass growler bottle, FWS also has Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Bottles, and Neo Vas Stainless Steel Bottles, all for a great price and in various sizes. 

So there really is nothing stopping you for sparing your great-great-great-great grandchildren from having to deal with your single-use disposable plastic bottles.

 

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Could Water Contamination & Pollution Ruin Your Beach Trip? The Cleanest and Dirtiest American Beach’s

Could Water Contamination & Pollution Ruin Your Beach Trip? The Cleanest and Dirtiest American Beach’s

During this Independence Day, July 4th 2012, AAA has reported they estimate that over 42 million people will hit the roads many for a summer vacation trip to the beach. Recent news report shows Americas cleanest and dirties beaches and how bacteria water contamination could ruin your fun.
The 4th of July is one of the most traveled holidays and a time that a lot of families take trips. According to a recent AAA report, over 42 million Americans will travel 50 plus miles during the Independence Day holiday weekend. This year is predicted to add an additional 2 million more families, an almost 5% increase from last year. (See AAA Report)

One of Americans favorite vacation spots are our wonderful beaches. Each year millions of people flock to the coastline for fun in the sun, relaxation, and playing in the oceans. Are you one of these 42 million who has planned a trip this July 4th to the beach? Although poor weather and too much sun can ruin a trip to the beach, there is also the unfortunate threat of polluted water that could threaten to close an entire beach itself. Beaches can become contaminated by a variety of sources that contribute to bacteria in the waters, such as storm runoff following a rain, agricultural runoff, wild and domestic animal waste, malfunctioning sewage disposal systems, and sanitary sewer overflows just to mention a few. With all of this in mind, a recent study and report by Fox News has listed some of Americas cleanest and dirties beaches. Below are the listings of the Top Cleanest and Dirtiest Beaches from this Fox News Report:

Clean-and-dirty-beach-map

Cleanest Beaches:

  • Newport Beach, Bolsa Chica Beach, and Huntington State Beach in Orange County, Calif.
  • Gulf Shores Public Beach and Gulf State Park Pavilion in Baldwin County, Ala.
  • Dewey Beach in Sussex County, Del.
  • Ocean City at Beach 6 in Worcester County, Md.
  • Park Point Franklin Park/ 13th Street South Beach Park and Lafayette Community Club Beach in St. Louis County, Minn.
  • Hampton Beach State Park and Wallis Sands Beach in Rockingham County, N.H.
  • South Padre Island in Cameron County, Texas

Dirtiest Beaches:

  • Avalon Beach in Los Angeles County, Calif.
  • Doheny State Beach in Orange County, Calif.
  • Winnetka Elder Park Beach in Cook County, Ill.
  • North Point Marina North Beach in Lake County, Ill.
  • Constance Beach, Gulf Breeze, Little Florida, Long Beach, and Rutherford Beaches in Cameron County, La.
  • Beachwood Beach West in Ocean County, N.J.
  • Woodlawn Beach (Woodlawn Beach State Park) in Erie County, N.Y.
  • Ontario Beach in Monroe County, N.Y.
  • Euclid State Park and Villa Angela State Park beaches in Cuyahoga County, Ohio
  • South Shore Beach in Milwaukee County, Wis.

It goes without saying that you should know to never swim in bacteria contaminated waters. Swimming in bacteria-polluted waters can cause our bodies to experience health problems such as gastroenteritis, fever, vomiting, skin rashes and ear, nose and eye infections. And as with many illnesses, the elderly and the very young are more susceptible to becoming very ill from bacteria contaminated water. FreshWaterSystems.com would like to help remind people that reducing beach water pollution is an investment that makes sense not only because of the economic value of clean water, but also because of the health hazards caused by beach water pollution.

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Water Filters and the Global Efforts of Charity:Water

Water Filters and the Global Efforts of Charity:Water

Charity: Water, a group working with people in 180 cities, used Twitter to raise $500,000 towards clean water distribution for various parts of the globe.

In the United States we are fortunate enough to have municipalities that provide citizens with clean water. We also have numerous filters — for refrigerators, showers, faucets and more — that are designed to remove contaminants in your home’s water.

But Charity: Water’s accomplishment is wonderful news for clean water initiatives around the world. It demonstrates the Web’s ability to draw attention to important topics, as well as inspire people to contribute to causes they believe in.

From the article:

The micro-blogging tool Twitter is often viewed as a one-way broadcasting tool for PR flaks to post press releases and firms to flaunt their merchandize.

However, the site’s marketing potential can be harnessed for more altruistic purposes – as many are starting to discover.

For instance, Amanda Rose, a Canadian living in London, England
discovered Twitter’s tremendous effectiveness for fund raising last
year, quite by chance.

After posting a Twitter message asking for donations to a food bank, she received hundreds of donations.

This led Rose – and her colleague Tony Scott – to realize they could be doing much more.

So they got a group going that -using the power of Twitter’s speaker
box alone – managed to mobilize Twitterers in more than 180 cities with
the goal of raising $500,000 for charity: water, a non-profit that provides clean and safe drinking water to countries in the global south.

 

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Ron Rivera, Clean Water Advocate

This one slipped by us last September.

Ron Rivera, a world renowned potter from the Bronx, New York, died at age 60 from Malaria.

Rivera was a tireless proponent of clean water. His life's passion was helping communities in Latin American, Africa and Asia attain safe and clean water. He began his career in the Peace Corps in the 1980's, working in Ecuador with chemists and philanthropists.

He soon developed a clay pot that purified water. Here's a description from the New York Times:

A Guatemalan chemist, Fernando Mazariegos, was showing local potters a ceramic pot he had
invented. It was made of clay mixed with sawdust or ground rice husks
that burned off during firing, leaving pores so tiny that they blocked
the passage of water-borne bacteria while letting the water seep
through.

After being coated with a bacteria-killing silver
solution, the pot effectively eliminated 98 to 100 percent of
diarrhea-causing contaminants like E. coli, cryptosporidium and giardia.

The pot was easy to make and cheap to buy. Suspended
inside a five-gallon container to collect the water, it could purify
one to three quarts an hour, drawn through a spigot.

Off and
on, Mr. Rivera began working with charities and development groups to
set up workshops for turning out the filters. He later improved the
filter by developing a mechanical press and standardized molds to
ensure a consistent product.

Mr. Rivera worked hard to raise awareness about clean water. It is important to honor his work by remaining dedicated to his cause. For those in the U.S., there are plenty of clean water foundations to explore if you would like to lend a helping hand.

Fresh Water Systems believes in clean water. View our line of water factory systems that will ensure your home receives clean and safe water.

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