The U.S. Consumes 1500 Bottles of Water Per Second…That’s Enough to Make Anybody Choke!

Plastic bottles are a BIG problem in more ways than one and the odds are that you’re a major contributor.  Being part of the problem is being part of the problem, no matter how conscientious you are about your pretty blue recycling containers!  If you could wrap your head around how BIG the problem is;  you should have trouble sleeping at night!  The bottled water trend is enough to make anybody choke!

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  1. Out of the 80 billion bottles of water being bought each year, 80% end up in the landfill despite our “recycling” efforts.  Though recycling programs do exist, most bottles don’t end up there.  You may not be throwing them into the streets and streams yourself, however what you place in the recycling container rarely goes where YOU THINK it goes.  Why not, you ask?  Because there is no longer a market for it…at least not much of one.  Plastic that isn’t RESOLD to someone else (primarily China) for recycling purposes goes directly into our landfills!
  2. 17 million barrels of oil are used to produce plastic water bottles EACH YEAR.   This doesn’t include the cost to transport water from one side of the planet to the other.  So much for our oil crisis.  Apparently plastic bottle production takes priority over driving cars and heating homes If you believe that we have an unlimited supply of natural resources, THINK AGAIN! 
  3. The cost of bottled water is 1,000 times more than tap water, and yet – most of it IS tap water under a different label.   How does it feel to be suckered?
  4. The plastic leaches toxins into the water…period.   In fact, the process used to “purify” this water requires temperatures high enough to cause the plastic to leach into the water the minute the bottle is filled! These toxins have been proven to cause cancer and disrupt hormones.  Is it any wonder we have kids hitting puberty in the first grade OR that the #1 cause of death of children under the age of 14 is cancer?  When I was a child the leading cause of death in children under the age of 14 was accidental drowning.
  5. The average number of bottles used per person in the U.S is 167.   In 2015 Americans consumed the equivalent of 1.7 billion half-liter bottles of water every week!  
  6. Despite the massive volume of bottled water Americans are buying, they aren’t consuming enough to sustain hydration.   Statistics suggest that each American is consuming 15 gallons of water each year.  It’s no wonder Americans are sick!   You should be consuming 15 gallons inside of a few weeks…NOT a year!  It looks like your bottled water costs are about to double if hydration is your goal.
  7. If tap water cost the same as you’re paying for bottled water,  the average American water bill would be $9000 per month!

The most interesting point to be made here is that most people choke when they hear what I paid for my solution to this problem  despite the fact that mine will last 20 years while theirs will last 20 minutes a bottle.  Not only do these people need to go back to the drawing board for a solution of their own; they need a simple lesson in math too.  I’m saving thousands of dollars PER YEAR and they’re part of a bottomless pit that will last FOREVER.

1500 bottles every single second?

How long will you keep adding to the problem?

Until then…how do you sleep at night?

CHANGING THE WAY THE WORLD LOOKS AT WATER…

ONE DROP AT A TIME!

About the writer:

“I’m an environmental advocate specializing in water…a “mini Erin Brockovich”…instead of fighting for justice, I have solutions for businesses and solutions for families.  Families like the Erin Brockovich family, the Bill Gates family, the Donald Trump family, the  Martha Stewart family, the Oprah Winfrey family, the Jennifer Lopez family, the Chuck Norris family and a host of others…and I have a solution for yours too!  

    Lynn Gardner***202.241.1542***h2orevival@gmail.com 

YOU’VE GOT BIGGER PROBLEMS WITH WATER THAN YOU THINK!

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Stop Being so Proud of Your Recycling Efforts…The Joke’s on You!

recyclingIt’s no wonder people glaze over when I  talk to them about the importance of healthy water and  how plastic bottles are polluting the planet.  One blue recycling container and a little bit of elbow grease and most American’s actually believe that they’re doing their part to save the planet!  How does it feel to be suckered into all of that work only to have your separated plastics end up in the local landfill?

We are recycling, right?  WRONG!

For the most part (with few exceptions) U.S. companies believe that there isn’t enough money in recycling plastics so the plastics that we separate out from our garbage used to be shipped to China where it could be processed more affordably than here in the U.S.  It should come as no surprise that there are HUGE drawbacks with this plan that the “experts” didn’t consider.

First of all, transporting plastics across the ocean consumes massive amounts of fuel which no longer makes financial sense to China.  It never made sense to me!  It takes 1 cup of oil just to produce a plastic bottle and then we ship it  all the way around the world to begin the process all over again?  No wonder we have an energy crisis!

Second, the small companies that do the majority of China’s plastic recycling have “no facilities to treat waste water before it flows into local rivers”.  So in addition to an already horrific  air pollution problem, China is  now destroying their water sources with toxic plastic runoff.  I guess the good news is that this costly (and  ridiculous) plan of ours did keep a some of the discarded plastics out of our landfills…at least temporarily.  

 So…it’s official.  As of 2013, plastics numbered 3-7  are absolutely, positively going to a landfill and mixed in with all of the other junk we throw away.  China has stopped importing plastic trash under its new Green Fence Policy and Americans  are getting the blame.  Apparently 20% of the items we tossed into our plastic recycling bins were either not thoroughly washed (ha!) or were not recyclable so Chinese processors had to bury or burn the unusable plastics, polluting their air and growing their landfills. Go figure.  There isn’t a good answer for millions and millions of disposable bottles each year…not in the U.S…not in China…not in the ocean…not anywhere.  It must stop.

Even in our brightest hours of recycling – when China was being cooperative by taking  all of our trash plastics and recycling it so that it could be sold back to us – STILL less than 10% of our plastic junk EVER made it to recycling.  Some say that we’re actually only recycling 1-2% of all of the plastics discarded.  Do you wonder how the numbers could be so low?  Because the exporting of plastics to China always comes down to negotiated pricing.  If the price isn’t attractive enough then the plastic gets buried in our local landfills.   How pathetic is that?   So much for all of your blue container efforts!

It’s time to take real action.  Action beyond that which makes you feel good when you toss your plastic bottles into a blue container…action that will truly make a difference.  Toss the plastic for good.  Clean up your water source and start refilling your own reusable bottle with healthy water.  After all, this is the action recommended to all Americans  in Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk…What We Can Do Now  – a research study conducted by NIH for the President’s Cancer Panel) and I think it’s time to take heed.

If you don’t care enough about your own health to toss the harmful plastics then do it for the sake of the planet.  The next generation and the environment will thank you for it and you’ll be saving tens of thousands of dollars in the long run!

CHANGING THE WAY THE WORLD LOOKS AT WATER…

ONE DROP AT A TIME!

CLICK HERE to toss the plastic and begin a healthy water regime!