Why we should all have a reusable water bottle.

My name is Jack Russillo and I’m a college freshman who just moved to the big city (Seattle) from a small town in the middle of nowhere. Every day I rate something on a scale of 1 to 100.

Our world is changing constantly.

Humans are driving many of the changes that are happening around the world. We do this in many different ways but none is more noticeable than our use/misuse of garbage.

This is something that will have to be taken care of and addressed for generations to come. It’s already a huge deal in today’s society and is in the middle of a huge overhaul in terms of how we use one of the biggest culprits: plastic water bottles.

To me, the solution is fairly simple — everybody should have a reusable water bottle. This should ensure that each person’s plastic bottle intake (167 for the average American) would be eliminated. Since coming down to college, I’ve drank the majority of my water out of my water bottle, which I’ve refilled countless times.

By now, I’m sure a lot of us have heard about the astounding fact that if we were to line up every single wasted plastic water bottle end to end, it would form a line that could stretch from one end of the United States and back. The more I think about it, that’s a crazy amount of wasted water bottles that are serving nobody any good except for harming our environment. It’s not alright with me, and it shouldn’t be alright with you.

It’s time for something to change.

The gigantic use of plastic water bottles has become quite a problem for us in many ways. First, making bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. And that’s not even including the oil used for transportation. Furthermore, when we don’t recycle all of our plastic bottles, we do even more harm to our environment. Last year alone, the average American consumed 167 plastic bottles of water, but only recycled 38 of them. Altogether, that means over $1 billion of plastic was wasted when it could’ve been used again.

Besides, who wants to carry around all those small, fragile water bottles? Don’t people get tired of hauling them all the time? It’s just a hassle not having a reusable water bottle.

Not only is having a reusable water bottle less of a hassle than carrying around many plastic water bottles, but it’s also much cheaper. While a refillable water bottle may cost a bit more money at first, the long term effect is huge. The recommended eight glasses of water a day, at U.S. tap water rates equals about $.49 per year; that same amount of bottled water is about $1,400. Now, unless you’re buying a solid gold water bottle, I hardly think that there’s someone out there who’s spending more than $1,400 on just water. So, buying a reusable water bottle actually ends up being the more affordable option.

Plus, with a reusable water bottle, someone can decorate it and give it some character. Whether that means bombarding it with stickers, painting it, or some other form of art, everyone should appreciate a neat-looking water bottle; I know I sure do.

If you’re still skeptical on how to drink clean water that doesn’t come from a plastic water bottle, you simply have to get a water filter. They aren’t too expensive and they allow you to make even some of the dirtiest tap water clean enough to drink. You can put the harmful water in the filter, let it filter out the germs, and then pour it into your reusable water bottle to carry around and sip on as you like.

Woah, what a crazy idea! Make our own clean water and carry it around without wasting materials. This is something that our whole country — and the rest of the world too — needs to address and actually take more seriously. It’s become a huge threat to all of our lives and it’s only going to get worse if we don’t do anything about it.

So go find yourself a non-plastic water bottle and reuse the shit out of it!

Jack’s Rating: 82/100

Pro: Sturdier, less harmful, and way cooler looking than a plastic water bottle. Plus, they’re helping save the world.

Con: They’re a little expensive to buy and inconvenient at times.

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World citizen from Orcas Island, WA. Educated in journalism and international studies at the UW. Traveling the world in search of sustainable economies.

World citizen from Orcas Island, WA. Educated in journalism and international studies at the UW. Traveling the world in search of sustainable economies.