We hear it all the time; plastic bottles are bad for the environment, but why is it important and is it truly that bad?
The growing controversy around plastic, has not come without reason. According to What’s the Problem with Plastic Bottles, the effects will become increasingly more apparent for humans, the environment and animals.
The main problem with plastic bottles – the environmental effects. Convincing people that plastic bottles are detrimental to the environment, can be tricky at times. Why you may ask; well, why trust what you can’t directly see?
As valid a point as this is, it does not mean that there isn’t a serious problem.
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) – a clear, strong and lightweight plastic utilized to make plastic bottles. PET is a petroleum product that requires a large amount of fossil fuels, to make and transport the plastic bottles. Fossil fuels are directly correlated to polluted air and land degredation; thus effecting the very air we breath and destroying crops and nutrients in the soil.
Global Climate Change:
Every water bottle that is created releases approximatly 3 ounces of carbon dioxide (CO2). CO2 is a common greenhouse gas, well known for its contributions to global warming. However, while CO2 severly effects climate change, two other fossil fuels could have an even bigger impact. In a recent study, by the University of Hawaii, it was found that when exposed to the elements, plastic bottles release methane and ethylene – two powerful greenhouse gases that can exacerbate climate change. Methane is a far more potent gas, in fact, studies show that methane can be at least 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide, and it is not accounted for in the greenhouse gas budget.
Recycling, it seems easy, right; we all know the logo. However, while we all say that we recycle, the figures are telling us something else. For every 10 bottles we drink, only two end up in the recycle bin; that means about 80% of all plastic bottles will end up in a landfill.
You might be asking yourself, how could this be, I recycle all the time? The truth is, many people forget to recycle out of convenience. We have all had a time where there isn’t a recycle bin insight, so we throw the bottle into the trash because we do not want to hold onto it. It’s the unfortunate truth.
In fact, it is actually a lot harder to recycle than you may think. Of the mass numbers of plastic bottles consumed throughout the world, most of them are not recycled because only certain types of plastic bottles can be recycled by certain municipalities. Most plastic bottles end up in landfills, on the streets or releasing chemicals into the ground.
Where do plastic bottles end up – the bottom of the ocean. Now why is this a problem? Animals are regularly found, having ingested the caps or bottles themselves. A sperm whale was recently found to have died, due to a plastic bottle gumming up its small intestine, and had consumed a great deal of plastic, through no fault of its own.
Many people consume fish on a regular basis; so you’ve guessed it, that means whatever the fish eat, you eat. It is true what they say, “what goes around comes around”.
The main question on your mind is, I thought bottled water was safer and cleaner?
No. In fact, all the majority of evidence shows that it’s worse for you. Plastic bottles contain Bisphenol A (BPA), the chemical used to make the plastic hard and clear. When BPA leaks into the water it holds, it has been linked to health issues. Health effects include: cancer, neurological difficulties, early puberty in girls, reduced fertility in women, premature labour, and defects in newborn babies.
To make matters worse, the United States consumes more than 25 percent of the resources and produce 30 percent of the trash and environmental pollutants.
The Smart Solution
Why should something that is so vital for human life, be so difficult to obtain? Here at Tern, we were founded on one very fundemental goal – everyone should have access to a safe and sustainable water source. Thus we created, the Smart Faucet.
The Smart Faucet – the worlds first home smart filter. The Smart Faucet was created with our customers’ health, wellness and safety in-mind. With a wide array of features like specific filtration, 99% contaminant removal, real-time home water analytics, LED assistance, three different faucet options (filtered, unfiltered and sprayed), and automatic filter renewal, its easy to use and aesthetically pleasing. Our Vision was to develop an impactful product that would innovate the water experience, with an integrated technology component. The Tern Smart Faucet is the first product that delivers on our mission to ensure safe, sustainable water for all.
While we can talk and talk about why the Smart Faucet is a better choice than the water bottle, numbers dont lie.
- For every family of 4, there are 624 plastic bottles, used every year. By 2050, it is estimated that the amount of plastic in the oceans will be greater in weight, than fish.
- There are 4 fl oz. of oil, required to make a plastic bottle. For every family of 4, there are 2496 fl oz. of oil used, every year. This equates to about 2/3 a barrel of oil, being used every year.
- There are 3 oz. of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted, into the atmosphere, per plastic bottle. Therefore, for a family of 4, there are 1872 oz. of CO2 emitted every year.
- A family of 4 spends about $1641.12 per year, on water bottles.
- It requires 3 times the amount of water to produce a plastic bottle, than to fill it. That means, that 29,952 fl oz. of water utilized every year (about 7.41 barrels), just to make the water bottles for a family of 4. This does not include the 9,984 fl oz. of water consumed, by a family of 4 every year. All together a plastic bottle requires the use of 39,936 fl oz. of water, each year.
We want your glass to always be full, drop the bottle and pick up a glass of Tern Water. Your family, friends, animals and Earth will thank you!