Bottled water has been a subject of high interest in the latest years, not only considering its health advantages, but also considering ocean pollution.
Around 1,500 bottles are consumed per second in the US and, out of the 50 billion water bottles consumed each year in the world, about 30 billion of them are consumed in the US.
Despite well-intentioned recycling campaigns, the bottled water industry and our addiction to drinking bottled water contributes greatly to global pollution.
85% of PET bottles are either thrown away or end up in the oceans! The best estimate is 11 million tons of plastic waste material is entering the ocean every year.
Ocean Pollution: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean and is also known as the Pacific trash vortex, spanning waters from the West Coast of North America to Japan. The patch is actually comprised of the Eastern Garbage Patch, located near Japan, and the Western Garbage Patch, located between the U.S. states of Hawaii and California.
The amount of debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch accumulates because much of it is not biodegradable. Many plastics, for instance, do not wear down but they simply break into tinier and tinier pieces. In the presence of sunlight, many of these plastics break down into petroleum byproducts, which are the natural source of material for producing plastic.
The materials that result from the breaking down of the plastic are ending up in marine life and doing some terrible things to the health of fish and other ocean-dwelling life forms. As we eat fish, these materials will ultimately end up as part of our food chain. So, apart from looking like a terrible mess out in the ocean, it is also going to have consequences on our health.
Under Counter RO Units Replace the Need for Having Bottled Water
We should consider filtration in our homes and that is where we, Dime Water, come in with our under counter reverse osmosis unit. We have a particular under counter RO unit that uses less water to waste than any other under counter RO unit on the market.
We should stop using bottled water, especially this that comes in plastic bottles! Not only do we protect ourselves but also our entire environment, which will lead to cleaner waters and healthier marine life. Contact us today at 760.734.5787 to find out more about how an under counter reverse osmosis water purification system can help you lead a happier and healthier life.