We know it can be easy to grab a plastic bottle of water from the corner store without thinking of the environmental impact it may have. It’s especially tempting when the bottle is still freezing cold from the refrigerator.
However, we find it imperative to bring to your attention the amount of damage single-use plastic water bottles have on our Mother Earth. In comparison, having a reusable water bottle you love will carry many more benefits to enrich your life.
There are many options for reusable bottles on the market, but none of them compare to TOMO. The luxurious TOMO bottle is a beautiful stainless steel crystal water bottle with a mission to make the world a better place.
Every bottle promotes a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. The best part is that we partner with Drop4Drop, so every purchase of a TOMO bottle also goes towards helping a community in an under-developed country gain access to a clean source of fresh water.
Keep reading if you are interested in learning more about the environmental impact of plastic water bottles, and how you can do your part to build a better future for the world.
The Environmental Impact
One of the greatest crises of our time is that of plastic waste. The rate at which humanity throws away plastic has contributed to lasting environmental damage. While recycling plastics has become more prevalent in recent decades thanks to increased ecological awareness, only 9% of all plastic waste has is recycled.
In most cases, if it is not burned, the rest of the plastic ends up in landfills, which eventually leads to our waterways.
One of the greatest perpetrators of this disaster is plastic water bottles. An estimated 14% of all litter comes from single-use beverage containers. Containers like these cause a negative environmental impact that is still difficult to measure because of the sheer scale of the problem.
We have to find other ways to reduce the amount of plastic waste, or else we will contribute to massive problems like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - an over 1 million square kilometers floating pile of plastic in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
There is still hope to reduce the negative effect this waste has caused to the ocean, but we must find ways to replace the use of plastic if we want anything to change.
The Health Impact
Any water is better than no water, but plastic water bottles can also impact your health. While bottled water is marketed as being more fresh and pure than tap water, the opposite is often true.
In most instances, bottled water is not filtered any more than the water that comes out of your faucet. Tap water faces strict regulations by the EPA and other governmental agencies to ensure it is safe to drink. In contrast, bottled water is often sourced from the same public reservoirs as regular tap water.
On top of the unethical marketing schemes by big water corporations to get you to buy their products, there is the potential for actual harm to your health.
For example, PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles are some of the most widely used and are also highly recyclable. However, a component used in making these bottles, antimony, can cause dizziness and depression in small doses and more severe side effects in large amounts.
Something else to look out for in plastic containers is BPA (bisphenol A). The same compound is found in epoxy resin, and the concern is that the BPA in the plastic can seep into food and drinks held in the containers.
The adverse effects on humans caused by this compound are no secret to the average person. In recent years, BPA-free products like our very own TOMO bottles have become increasingly popular.
Studies have shown that the same microplastics that negatively affect marine life also end up back in our bottled water supply. An independent research study by Orb Media showed that 93% of bottled water from mainstream brands contain microplastics.
While bottled water is not the only culprit in our consumption of microplastics, it is a factor we should keep in mind when we are choosing how to stay hydrated.
So What Can We Do About It?
All of this information can be overwhelming and scary to some readers.
Luckily, we make it our mission here at TOMO to bring awareness to all of our glamorous women about water sustainability. We want to show how you can be the change that is needed in the world.
One of the first and easiest steps to take is to reduce the number of single-use plastic water bottles we are using.
Any non-plastic reusable container will work for this purpose since the goal is to reduce the amount of plastic waste produced. In the long run, you can only benefit from doing so.
If you were to drink even 1 plastic water bottle per day, it would still cost you hundreds of dollars per year. Drinking out of a reusable water bottle is estimated only to cost .49 cents in comparison. You will save money and get the chance to support smaller companies that align with your values as opposed to large water corporations.
Since we are becoming more aware of the negative impacts of plastic on our environment, there are many more options on the market. If you are looking for something a little bit more exciting and glamorous than the usual offerings, there is an exciting new trend of luxury water bottles to take advantage of.
The Rising Trend Of Luxury Water Bottles
Nowadays, women have various options for choosing the water bottle that fits their personality the best.
It is becoming the norm to spend good money on a high-quality way to keep yourself hydrated, especially if you want every sip of water to feel like a treat.
There are many expensive bottles on the market right now that boast unique qualities; Self- cleaning water bottles, bottles with quartz crystal points, and bottles that come with a lavish leather pouch to carry them.
Even the most high-end luxury brands like Gucci, Fendi, and Chanel have come out with their own versions of water bottles in the past. These brands are beginning to realize how valuable it is to promote reusable products and recycling.
The luxury industry has come together to unite around environmental causes in the past, and this is no exception. We want to embrace their decision to encourage their customers to ditch the plastic and go with the greener choice instead.
If you are looking for a luxury water bottle that offers a unique position on sustainability, you’ve come to the right place! Our entire process is informed with the hope of a better, cleaner world in mind. Our bottles are recyclable and created with a sustainable crystal mesh design that shines so brilliantly you won’t be able to look away.
Every bottle you purchase also goes towards giving access to fresh water to a community in need. We recognize that to help the world, we must also do the work to help the people who live here.