Unfortunately, the last few decades has taught us that we cannot count on world leaders or big-industry to do anything substantial about climate change. Nor can we force our neighbors to care. Change starts with each of us, and there are few things you can do as an individual that have as much of an impact as switching to reusable water bottles.
With a lifespan of up to 6,000 gallons, using a Berkey Filter not only saves you thousands of dollars, but it also eliminates over 45,800 single-use plastic water bottles! Furthermore, most bottled water is generally just bottled tap water and is no cleaner or healthier than what comes out of your tap.
A Few Reasons to Pass on Plastics
Almost 50 billion water bottles are consumed every year in the U.S. alone. The recycling rate for those 50 billion bottles is sadly just around 20%. It is estimated that plastic takes 450 to even 1,000 years to break down.
There is an island in the Pacific Ocean made up entirely of garbage and plastics. It's called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and it's larger than the state of Texas. Plastic ocean debris worldwide kills 100,000 mammals each year and 1,000,000 sea birds.
In a lifetime, the average American will throw away 600 times his or her body weight in plastic. More than 300 million tons of plastic will be produced next year alone.
The most common pollutant on beaches and in the ocean are plastic water bottles. One tenth of all the plastic made worldwide ends up in the ocean, and most of that goes down to the ocean floor where it never degrades.
Although these numbers make the situation feel overwhelming, something CAN be done about it. Make a huge impact by refusing to use disposable plastic. Berkey Filters offers solutions to the many of the issues caused by plastic, single-use bottled water.
The Plastic Bottle Industry
Plastic water bottles are made of Polyethylene terephthalate. It does not biodegrade, but instead it photodegrades. The bottle does not disintegrate, but instead breaks down into smaller pieces over time, also known as microplastics. This stuff pollutes our land and water, which then interferes with animals and plants, eventually finding their way into our food, and our bodies. In fact, 92% of Americans over the age of six test positive for the industrial chemical BPA.
Bottled water companies advertise "fresh, clean, and healthy water from a mountain spring" when in actuality, it's the same water coming out of a typical, household faucet! Also, 93% of bottled water companies have been found to contain microplastic particles. Bypass the plastic-bottled tap water and start filtering water at home.
The Black Berkey Filters used in all Berkey systems take water filtration to a new level. They filter out more than 99.9999% of all bacteria, over 99.999% of all viruses, and 200 plus other contaminants! This has been confirmed by independent lab tests.
The lifespan of a Berkey filter is about 6,000 gallons. That much bottled water would cost around $3,420 at a local membership warehouse store. About 90% of bottled water pricing is due to bottling the water, packing the cases, and shipping the crates out to retailers. All of this adds to the environmental impact of single-use water bottles.
Celebrate Earth Day every day with Berkey sustainable solutions! Berkey Filters is passionate about raising awareness on water quality concerns and providing the peace of mind that comes from taking control of your water. Together let's reduce waste and say no to disposable water bottles!