Why is recycling important anyway?
Throwing plastic water bottles in the recycling bin feels way better than tossing them in the garbage can, but there’s so much more we should do. As the world’s population grows, waste grows with it. The average person living in western Europe or North America consumes 220 pounds of plastic every year.
Let’s put that into perspective with a little math:
- 1 pound of plastic = approximately 50 empty water bottles
- 220 pounds of plastic × 50 water bottles per pound = 1,100 bottles
Want to drink real smart water? Use a reusable water bottle.
Plastic is a real problem, but recycling goes beyond bottles and BPA-free containers. Recycling conserves water and energy when compared to manufacturing new materials—as much as a 95 percent reduction of water use for some materials! Recycling also preserves resources and reduces landfills, protecting our current communities as well as future generations.