Bottled water is a major contributor to global warming, waste and carbon emissions. The production of bottled water requires oil, a precious resource that should be conserved and used in other ways such as producing sustainable energy sources. Banning plastic water bottles will reduce this need for oil and other fossil fuels helping to save the planet from harmful pollutants.
The health risks of plastic water bottles are also alarming. Research shows that PET plastic (polyethylene terephthalate) can leach toxic chemicals called phthalates into bottled water. These phthalates are known to cause cancer, reproductive disorders, and other health issues in humans. BPA (bisphenol A) is another chemical found in most plastics that can leach into bottled water over time. BPA is known to disrupt hormone levels and have other detrimental effects on human health. The best way to avoid these chemicals is to drink from glass, stainless steel or aluminum water bottles.
Moreover, the waste from plastic water bottles is a nuisance to ocean wildlife and harms ecosystems. It has been estimated that by 2050, the world’s ocean will contain more plastic than fish which is devastating for marine life. Ingestion of plastics like plastic water bottles can lead to illness and even death for animals.
Many cities, colleges, entertainment venues and national parks have already begun to ban single-use plastic water bottles. A ban on plastic water bottles will make it easier for individuals to switch to reusable bottles made of durable materials such as glass or ceramic. These are much more eco-friendly than plastic and come in a variety of colors and designs that can express one’s personality as well.