Approximately 80% of plastic water bottles end up in landfills and it takes up to 1,000 years for a single bottle to decompose. As each plastic bottle decomposes, it will leak harmful chemicals into our environment, causing a negative impact on our plants, waters, and wildlife.
In the United States, Americans buy 29 billion plastic water bottles a year, resulting in an overwhelming 2 million tons of plastic water bottle waste in our landfills. Five out of every six water bottles will go straight to landfill and become an environmental hazard towards the next few generations. This is why it is so important to ditch your single use plastic water bottles and invest in a sturdy and dependable reusable water bottle.
As an easy suggestion, there are two wonderful B Corps that you can get eco-friendly reusable water bottles. Both companies are wonderful ways to combat our fight against single use water bottles while supporting thier purpose-driven missions.
1. Klean Kanteen
Klean Kanteen is a B Corp that sells water bottles, mugs, tumblers, and lunch boxes. They are a transparent company that has been working towards reducing emissions to fight against climate change. Instead of using harmful fossil fuels, they have switched over to a clean, renewable energy source. Since 2017, they have installed solar panels that supply 100% of their building. Klean Kanteen has donated 1% of their gross sales (over 3.1 million dollars) to fund nonprofits working towards climate change and environmental issues.
S’well is a water bottle B Corp that has implemented the Million Bottle Project Corporate Challenge and the Buy One, Donate One program to their company. S’well is supported by UNICEF and Lonely Whale and they have donated $1 million worth of their products to healthcare workers in the midst of COVID-19.