Why are plastic bottles bad?

Everyone knows by now that plastic bottles are a massive no go. Whilst stainless steel bottles were once unheard of, they are now well known as the ultimate option for water on the go. They undeniably have their own benefits such as keeping your water cool, and being a one off purchase, but their main selling point is that they solve so many problems that single use plastic bottles create. But what exactly are these problems? Why should we all be making the switch to reusable stainless steel bottles?

Health implications 

Plastic bottles include BPA and BPS which are harmful chemicals have many health implications. The problem with them is that they mimic estrogen and can subsequently affect the way your body grows, repairs cells, your energy levels and reproductive health. As well as this, BPAs have been linked to cancer and Type 2 Diabetes. As well as this, when single use plastic is warmed, microplastics can leach into your water and you can ingest them. A study that took place in 2018 says that out of the 256 water bottles that they tested, 93% contained microplastic particles which can then leach into your drinks. Whilst the negative effects of single use plastic are not instantly visible, it is very easy to altogether avoid these long term risks by switching to a reusable stainless steel bottle. Our bottles for example, are made from  304 grade (18/8) stainless steel which is durable, reliable and safe. Our bottle caps are made from polypropylene which is BPA/BPS free and also non leaching.

 

Environmental Factors

There are a multitude of reasons why single use plastic is damaging to the environment. The first being that 7.7 billion plastic bottles are bought in the UK a year, with many of these only being used once and rarely recycled. When they aren’t recycled, there are two places where they may end up; in landfill or in our environment. The issue with landfill is that rubbish is being dumped in such large quantities that toxins from our waste leach into the soil and groundwater, making this land hazardous for years. It is also important to remember that landfill is not a solution to the problem that rubbish creates, its just dumping it far away where we can’t see it. It is still polluting our planet. The other major environmental issue is the plastic in the sea. Whilst we see those awful pictures of beaches ruined by plastic which are sad to see, and evidence of man made plastic ruining our planets natural beauty, there is also significant harm to our sea’s ecosystems taking place. It is estimated that 1.15 to 2.41 million tonnes of plastic are entering the ocean each year from rivers. This has resulted in five plastic accumulation zones being formed in the ocean. The largest of these is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch which is located between Hawaii and California. The only way plastic will leave these plastic accumulation zones is through the sun breaking them down into micro plastics which then pollute the sea. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is estimated to be three times the size of France and has significant affects on marine and human life. Plastic pollution kills 1 million marine animals every year, through them choking, swallowing or getting suffocated by plastic. This of course is preventable through minimising our plastic use and subsequently our plastic waste.

Minimising plastic waste isn’t that difficult now that so many business’ are making new and creative alternates to single use plastic. Things such as plastic bags, coffee cups, takeaway containers and of course water bottles can so easily be replaced with reusable alternates that just making these switches will have a positive affect on both the planet and your health.

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