Disposable plastic water bottles are a convenient way to stay hydrated, but they have major consequences on the health of our planet—not to mention the people who drink from them. The production and disposal of bottled water negatively impacts the Earth’s resources, the size of our landfills, and even the level of water pollution in the fluids you drink every day.
Some of disposable water bottles’ most harmful effects occur before they actually exist—while they’re still being made. They require a significant amount of resources to produce, and the byproducts can be dire.
- Plastic bottles for water are made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
- It takes 1/4 of a bottle of oil to produce a single water bottle.
- 90% of bottled water’s cost comes from making the bottle.
- It takes 17 million barrels of oil to make one year’s supply of bottled water. That much oil could fuel 1.3 million cars for a year or power 190,000 homes!
Being fully cognizant of the fact that waste plastic bottle is a source of pollution in Dschang, the population is gradually accepting the importance of recycling and up-cycling plastic bottles. Instead of our volunteers collecting them, as was the case before, we are getting them at our innovation center, from sensitized inhabitants of Dschang.
At this rate, we are poised to be the main plastic recyclers in Dschang, by December 2019.