Reusable water bottles are better for the environment and more cost-efficient than plastic bottles, and they can be stylish accessories. Since the chemicals used in plastic bottles have been linked to various health disorders in humans, reusable bottles are also healthier. The United States, which is the world's largest consumer of bottled water, can benefit from switching to reusable water bottles.
Plastic water bottles cause great harm to the environment. A plastic bottle that is thrown in a landfill takes up to 1,000 years to biodegrade completely. Similarly, during the production of plastic bottles, various toxins are emitted into the air. The process also uses more water than there is in the bottle. Although Americans use some 50 billion water bottles every year, they only recycle 23 percent of the bottles they use.
The average American can save up to $260 per year by using reusable water bottles and drinking tap water. Stainless steel BPA-free bottles are particularly durable. Despite claims by the plastic bottle industry, bottled water is not healthier than tap water. On the contrary, plastic bottles are potentially dangerous as they contain Bisphenol A, a chemical that has been linked to obesity, thyroid problems, reproductive abnormalities and neurological disorders.
In addition, reusable water bottles can also serve as accessories, coming in various shapes, sizes and colors. Some bottles for kids even have colorful designs and illustrations.