The Truth About Plastic Water Bottles
Our throw-away mentality is coming back to haunt us.

Here are some interesting facts and statistics about plastic bottles

1. Shed some light on the issue.
Recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60-watt light bulb for up to six hours.

2. It’s a growing demand.
According to the EPA, the amount of plastics generated in municipal solid waste has increased from less than 1 percent in 1960 to 12.1 percent in 2007.

3. Get a creative boost.
Recycled plastic bottles can be made into products such as clothing, carpeting, detergent bottles and lumber for outdoor decking.

4. Walk it out.
More than 80 percent of U.S. households have access to a plastics recycling program, be it curbside or community drop-off centers.

5. Get on the bandwagon.
In recent years, the number of U.S. plastics recycling business has nearly tripled. More than 1,600 businesses are involved in recycling post-consumer plastics. You can also stop using plastic water bottles altogether and purchase a Water’s Edge Structured Water System to fill up your glass or stainless steel bottles for daily use.

6. Make room.
Recycling one ton of plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space.

7. It’s getting hotter.
Recycling one pound of PET plastic bottles saves approximately 12,000 BTUs (British thermal unit) of heat energy.

8. Reduce the use.
Producing new plastic products from recycled materials uses two-thirds less energy than is required to make products from raw (virgin) materials. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

9. Salvage what’s left.
According to the EPA, while overall recovery of plastics for recycling is relatively small – 2.1 million – recovery of some plastic containers has reached higher levels. PET soft drink bottles were recovered at a rate of 37 percent in 2007. Recovery of HDPE milk and water bottles was estimated at about 28 percent in 2007.

10. Push it forward.
Plastics are a rapidly growing segment of the municipal solid waste stream. The largest category of plastics are found in containers and packaging (e.g., soft drink bottles, lids, shampoo bottles). Only 20 percent of the water bottles that Americans use are ever recycled. This means that 38 billion water bottles are filling up landfills & oceans instead of being reused.

What’s Next?

More and more manufactures are coming up with new ways to use post-consumer plastic. From kayaks and park benches to school lunch trays and railroad ties, there are recycled plastics all around us.

According to the American Chemistry Council, a recent study from Europe shows that, across various market sectors, using plastics instead of alternative materials helps to reduce energy use by 26 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 56 percent.

In the U.S., 70 percent of plastics are made from domestic natural gas. By recycling plastics, we make that energy available for new products or for other purposes like heating and cooling our homes. For example, over 4 billion pounds of plastics were recycled in the U.S. in 2006, saving enough energy to heat over 2.1 million homes.

This is only a start. We have been meaning to start something for years and years.  When will YOU DO SOMETHING?   We are in a world of hurt in this country and in this world.  Every single one of us need to take a stand and DO SOMETHING to help this extremely serious problem.  If you were to purchase a Water’s Edge Structured Water System, you would be doing something.  First of all, you and your family would enjoy the many benefits of using structured water.  Secondly, as soon as it is installed in your home or business, stop using plastic water bottles.  Period.  Simple.  Replace your plastic water bottle with glass or stainless steel water bottles (never aluminum) you can now fill from your own tap. Pure…Structured…Living Water From Your Very Own Tap!  Every member of the family can have their own bottle.  Fill it up before leaving the house for the day and off you go to enjoy the day!  Then…PAY IT FORWARD.  Talk to your neighbors, co-workers, family and friends about how they can do the same.  What a wonderful world this could be AND IT CAN BE BECAUSE YOU CARED TO BECOME A RESPONSIBLE PERSON!

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