Americans purchase an estimated 50 billion water bottles per year, averaging 13 bottles per month for every person in the US.
If just 1 in 10 Britain’s refilled their bottles just once per week, we will save around 340 million plastic bottles a year.
Over the course of a year, if you drink four bottles per day at an average cost of $2 per bottle, you will spend almost $3,000 per year just on water. With a reusable bottle, even if you needed to buy a new one within a year, you will only be spending $20 per year at most. This will leave you with an extra $2,980 in the bank.
There are many alternatives to the single-use plastic bottle, many of which are infinitely and easily recycled and, more importantly, are reusable at source. Even when considering recycling there is an unavoidable environmental impact from the transportation, sorting and processing operations. Creating awareness and facilitating the availability of a reusable alternative creates exponential benefits to the environment and to preserving our natural and non-renewable resources.
In London alone, the average adult purchases an estimated 3 plastic bottles per week, 175 per year per person.
Estimates for how long plastic endures range from 450 years to forever.