While traveling throughout São Paulo, Brazil last year I witnessed contrasting scenery of breathtaking landscapes along with heartbreaking, contaminated landscapes. I was reminded of the devastating impact human waste generation has on communities — especially those lacking proper waste management infrastructure. Much of what I saw looked like the first image in this post; an overwhelming amount of plastic pollution floating throughout oceans, waterways, and along streets. Majority of the waste pollution I witnessed was plastic bottles.
Here are some current stats about plastic pollution, and more specifically, plastic bottle pollution:
♻️ More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year.
♻️ By 2050 there will be MORE plastic in our oceans than fish 💀
♻️ The process of producing bottled water takes 6x as much water per bottle as there is in the container (!?)
Many places around the world deliberately dump their waste into oceans. Items such as plastic do not break down fully and are therefore NOT biodegradable. When plastic water bottles enter our waste streams due to mismanaged waste they slowly decompose, leaching toxic chemicals such as BPA ➡️ have you noticed how many products currently say “BPA-FREE” on them now? It’s because it’s toxic to humans, animals, and our environments!
So, what’s a simple and low-cost solution to pollution that we can ALL adopt in our lives? Committing to reuseable bottles!!! As you can see in my photos, I have various kinds of reusable bottles that I love: my @hydroflask water bottle (these are my absolute fave btw 😎👌🏼), a hot-drink mug (which saves me 5-10 cents off my coffee when I use it at coffee shops), and my aluminum sipping cup (yes, that is an aluminum straw bc straws are also MAJOR polluters). Not only do these help save our environments, they also keep me healthier by reminding me to drink water and other liquids when I carry them with me. If I can switch to reusable bottles, I believe you can too! Who else is ready to commit to reusable bottles?! #wastetosimplify #zerowaste #plasticpollution #saveouroceans