We all know that plastic water bottles are not the best option for helping the environment. These bottles are filling our landfills and could be dangerous to our health.
Plastic Bottles Harm the Environment
Because of this, more people are not wanting to use plastic water bottles. The bottles take over 1,000 years to bio-degrade and if they are incinerated, they produce toxic fumes. Recycling is only feasible with certain bottles. Only 1 out of 5 can be recycled. There are over 2 million tons of discarded water bottles in United States landfills alone. Not only are they harmful to the environment, they may be harmful to our health. Plastic bottles contain a chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA) which makes the plastic hard and clear. It has been linked to cancer, neurological effects, early puberty in girls, premature labor in pregnant women, and others.
People don’t think about this issue as much, but the big 5 gallon water coolers also end up in landfills. They don’t biodegrade. They have a high carbon footprint because they must be delivered using trucks as well.
Bulk Water Dispensers Help
Larger bulk water dispensers take up less space than a landfill. They can purify your building’s drinking water and they can eliminate the need for the large 5-gallon plastic bottles. Eliminating the plastic is a big way to help the environment. They save money because you can use a reusable container to store the water; that will save money on buying plastic bottles. They also perform filtration right there on site.
Getting rid of plastic water bottles large and small will really help the environment. We won’t have to worry about drinking BPAs. We wouldn’t have to worry about the millions of tons of water bottles in our landfills.