Plastic Bottles

August 18, 2010

Water bottle in street

Copyright 2010 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Convenient?  Yes.  Long lasting?  You bet.    

According to the Clean Air Council,  Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic water bottles an hour.     

Smart Water bottle on step

Copyright 2010 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Such bottles can take 450-1000 years to degrade (depending on the type of plastic and the place of disposal-various sources quote different timeframes) creating a problem for space in landfills.  Such issues have led some municipalities to consider banning bottled water.   

Penn State University has one solution to this problem.  For those not attending Penn State, refillable aluminum water bottles are a wise choice.  For years, I used various types of reusable plastic water bottles-that changed with the concerns over BPA.  Nalgene, Camelback,  and many other reusable water bottle manufacturers now use BPA-free plastics.  (As an aside, BPA is in more than just plastic water bottles and this issue is not without controversy-more about this from Science Friday and Science News.)   

Crushed water bottle in street

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If disposable bottles are going to be used, recycling is a better option than dropping them in the street, the water, or tossing them in the trash.   

Three bottle floating in Inner Harbour

Copyright 2010 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Take care.

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