52 Weeks, 52 Challenges: Week 8

Via European Environment Agency

Waves Of Change, For Our Oceans

For 52 weeks, we will be introducing a new challenge to better the environment each week. A new goal will be set forth to add on to the previous weeks goal and after one year, you will have 52 lifestyle changes that will better the environment.

Everyone starts a new year with a resolution. But at Sea Voice News, we want everyone’s year to be much bigger than one resolution. Picture this as a snowball rolling down a mountain. At the top, it’s one small singular snowball. But as it starts rolling down the mountain, it adds more and more snow till it becomes massive. Week 1 is the top of the mountain and week 52 is the bottom. By the time we all reach week 52, our snowball will be one big change in the way we live our lives. It will be a real change to fighting the negative impact humans have on the environment.

Each week, our new goal will give us a chance to make a significant impact on the environment while not having to change our lifestyles too much. The reality of our society is that it does not take a lot to make an impact. This challenge will give you the opportunity to set weekly goals and continue to build on the them throughout the year.

So without further ado, introducing the goal for week 8….

Use Only A Reusable Water Bottle!

People often claim the reasons they buy bottled water is because of convenience, supposed health benefits, and better taste. This argument is often applied to the reasoning why they do not use a refillable bottle vs a single-use plastic water.

When it comes down to it though, the convenient factor is far outweighed by the negatives of a plastic water bottle.  Below are five reasons why you  shouldn’t be using a plastic bottle.

  1. Bottled water is not any healthier  or cleaner than tap water. Water bottle companies are well known for boasting of the health  benefits of bottled water or  showcasing it’s cleanliness. This simply is not true.
  2. Bottled water from big brand companies have been found to contain microplastic in the water. A recent study found as much as 325 particles of plastic per liter of water and in some cases, testing found concentrations up to 10,000 plastic pieces per liter.
  3. One plastic bottle can take hundreds of years to decompose; therefore, loading up our landfills for years at a time. Plastic is expected to outnumber fish by the year 2050 and has already been found to damage our already vulnerable coral reefs.
  4. You could save a lot of money over the course of the year by drinking from a resuable water. People spend hundresds of dollars a year purchasing cases or single bottles. Grab your bottle, find a drinking fountain and fill it up. I
  5. The production of one plastic bottle uses energy, emits toxins into the air, and uses more water to produce than actually put into the bottle for drinking.
Via European Environment Agency

Here are 4 benefits of using a reusable water bottle

  1. Better for our environment by reducing the amount of fossil fuels and toxins released into the air during productionE
  2. Every bottled water you don’t drink, you are decreasing your carbon footprint. So many people want to make a difference on a grand scale, but starting at an individual level how we truly will combat climate change and pollution.
  3. Tap water is more cost-efficient. Bottled water can cost up to 500 times the cost of tap water
  4. Convenient. Most public facilities have water fountains to fill up your water bottle.

The conversion to make a difference is so simple but it starts with you. Let’s leave this world cleaner than we found it. Start changing it today.

Check out weeks 1-7 below:

Week 1: Go Straw Free!

Week 2: Pick Up One Piece Of Trash Per Day!

Week 3: Stop Using Single Use Coffee Cups

Week 4: Replace Plastic Bags With Reusable

Week 5: Reduce Your Food Waste!

Week 6: Buy Fresh Produce Without Plastic

Week 7: Cut Out Phantom Energy

Comment below and let us know the change you will be making!

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