Nowadays plastics are creating a huge problem for our planet, threatening all the living creatures of the present and the future, believe it or not a while ago even I didn’t care much about this topic because I had a feeling that the problem is so huge, that no one person could solve it, and that my efforts won’t make any difference! So how I ended up changing my mind and dedicating my time to contributing in increasing awareness about this issue? well..That’s a long story, which includes a lot of research and long hours of documentaries. So I decided to participate with a small article that might change your mind as well and help you join our team to save the planet earth!
Just to be clear!
Plastic products in general are countless and they have endless risks, but the idea of banning all of them sounds unrealistic!
The only way to go is to start cutting down the use of a certain category of plastic which in our opinion should be the “one-use plastic bottles”, since they form the second biggest part of plastic waste, which means that banning those bottles will contribute in cutting down the plastic garbage and waste.
Range of aspects!
Now, why plastic water bottles should be banned? That’s because plastic bottles have proven their harm on every level, starting with their effects on our bodies, our health, the wild life, the oceans, and effecting the Earth in general.
1- Our health.
Plastic leaches toxins
The first and most important reason why people should avoid plastic-bottled water is the risk of consuming some very dangerous chemical substances that are used in forming the plastic bottle which leach into the water and end up in our blood stream affecting different organs such as the kidneys and liver.
Some of these toxins are called BPA and BPS which are the same toxins that are removed from the reusable plastic water bottles aiming to turn them into healthier options! These substances also risk causing hormonal problems, such as developmental issues in children and sometimes birth defects,therefore women should be advised to avoid bottled water during pregnancy.
They could be the cause of many other problems such as cardiovascular disease and sometimes even weight gain!
Keep in mind that the single use water bottles trend has only started about ten years ago, that’s why we’ve still not seen many health issues yet but that doesnt mean they’re not around the corner!
Not the recommended option for staying hydrated
Leading a healthy life style requires a lot of hydration and bottled water is not considered a good choice to help you achieve that, since it’s not always available at your home, thus the most practical option for you would be buying a reusable water bottle and to keep refilling it throughout the day, for more information about reusable water bottles you can check our article; Different Types Of Water Bottles – Which To Choose
In addition bottled water is not as clean and pure as we imagine it would be, therefore many water companies are starting to admit that their water comes from public sources and it’s not an underground water like some claim. In fact drinking filtered tap water could possibly be much healthier for you than some water companies out there.
Plastic takes a very long time to decompose
In order for you to realize why we should be banning plastic bottles you must be aware of plastic dangers in general.
Plastic is a substance that’s formed mainly from millions of barrels of coal, crude oil, and gases which consume so much energy to be produced and release huge amount of carbon into the air.
Later on after it’s produced we need at least 500 to 1000 years for it to start degrading, which means that the first plastic we have ever made is still thrown out there somewhere!
Another problem is that even after this plastic is decomposed it releases bad toxins such as BPA and PS oligomer into the water!
It Doesn’t get recycled
Until now only 9 percent of this plastic has been recycled and the remaining 91 percent ends up piling up in land fields and taking up huge amounts of space, a study shows that 6.3 billion metric tons has become plastic waste. That’s not counting the huge amounts of plastic thrown into the ocean by some countries!
Why it’s not being recycled? Actually not all plastic can be recycle, since some products are simply not made to be recycled! Another problem is that it has to be washed before recycling which will consume big amounts of water. Also recycling plastic downgrades it’s quality, plus this operation is kind of costy. And those are only some of the reasons why companies prefer to produce new plastic instead of recycling.
Plastic bottles kill animals
All those mountains of plastic and oceans make it so easy for it to threaten the life of animals, when it’s eaten by animals it leads to digestion problems and slow deaths in the wild life and sometimes suffocation, starvation and drowning!
Studies show that at least 800 species worldwide are affected by this waste, mostly sea creatures like turtles, sea birds, seals, and even dolphins and whales! Many seabirds were found dead with their stomach full of plastic waste, the harm sometimes is physical since scientist have founds sharks being strangled by plastic bags!
This waste also encourages the growth of pathogens and affecting the corals reefs in the oceans.
The plastic waste that never reaches oceans ends up affecting land animals and terrestrial animals! Killing all sorts of creatures if they swallow enough of it!
What’s the solution!
Some cities and countries around the world have already started the banning process, such as a few towns in Australia, numerous public parks, museums, universities, and zoos in Europe and the United States, as well as Kenya, that announced a ban on single-use water bottles in beaches and parks.
It is only a matter of time before those plastic bottles get banned all over the world, but measures like this usually take a lot of time and the best thing you can do is to start with yourself, do this for your own health and your planet Earth!
If you’re interested in knowing more about this topic we advice you to see this documentary; A Plastic Wave