Uses for an Empty Water Bottle

waterbottleWhat can you do with that empty water bottle? You know that they take up a large percent of trash thrown away each year. And that there are floating islands of plastic in the ocean. So here is another idea for what to do with them. Fill them with eggs, pancake batter, or other semi-liquid substances and pack them in your cooler for camping.

  • Making bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year
    And that’s not even including the oil used for transportation.
  • The energy we waste using bottled water would be enough to power 190,000 homes
  • Last year, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles, but only recycled 38.3
  • Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles –more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year
  • The recommended eight glasses of water a day, at U.S. tap rates equals about $.49 per year; that same amount of bottled water is about $1,400.
  • Antimony, which is found in PET plastic bottles, in small doses can cause dizziness and depression; in larger doses it can cause nausea, vomiting and death

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