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Bottled water has come under a lot of fire lately, but soda bottles are made with some of the same PET plastics. Soda bottles cause the same environmental harms and may even cause greater damage to our health.
Soda bottles aren’t good for the earth. They fill landfills, clog oceans, and release pollution during both production and distribution. Our consumption of these bottles is rising at an alarming pace:
According to the Container Recycling Institute, Americans consumed in excess of 200 billion bottled and canned beverages last year; an increase of 50 billion bottles and cans from ten years prior. That figure isn’t just due to population increase – people are consuming more. Consumption of beverages in aluminum, glass, steel and plastic containers in the USA has skyrocketed from just over 250 units per person annually in 1970 to over 670 today.
What can we do about plastic soda bottles?
1.) Drink less soda.
2.) Choose glass bottles instead of plastic.
3.) Use re-usable containers and cups.
4.) Contact bottling companies and request they offer bioplastic options.
5.) Recycle all bottles that we do use (and make sure to take off the caps).
When you follow these tips, the benefits will add up over time just like coins in a jar. Small changes can create huge effects!
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