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Eco-fact Friday: Single-Use Drinking Containers are an Environmental Nightmare

Aluminum cans that haven't been recycled

50,000 12-ounce aluminum cans were made in the time it took you to read this one sentence! That's an insane amount of soda cans, beer cans, ice tea cans, energy drink cans, juice cans, and so forth. Wouldn't it be a better environmental choice to lower the demand for all these cans and drink out of a reusable water bottle? When you think of how much energy it takes to manufacture all these cans and how many of these cans end up in the landfill or in the ocean or just as litter along a highway, doesn't it make you want to stop using single-use drinking containers?

There are so many opportunities to make more eco-friendly choices in our daily lives and the containers from which we drink and eat are a huge source of environmental consequence. It really is so easy to invest in a reusable drinking vessel. When we consider how many aluminum cans were made after reading this WHOLE BLOG POST, it really should give us all pause. Be part of the change you want to see!

As always, reduce, reuse, recycle. Small, everyday changes can make a big difference!


Aug 08, 2015 • Posted by Vicki H

Whenever we go to the beach we bring our reusable totes and pick up cans left behind. Then we recycle them, I am saving up for the Orca Trio bottle!

Aug 08, 2015 • Posted by Sherry Carter

So wish more people would recycle!!!!

Aug 08, 2015 • Posted by Connie

I wish more people would use reusable bottles. If everyone would make one small change, what a big impact it would have!

Aug 07, 2015 • Posted by Francine

Do your part, use a reusable bottle.

Aug 01, 2015 • Posted by Orla

Scary! Thanks for helping us clean up the planet with your reusable bottles, everyone needs one.

Aug 01, 2015 • Posted by Denise H

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! That is the mantra I try to impress upon my elementary students as we study ecology…educating the next generation!

Jul 31, 2015 • Posted by Brian

Just to add to this. I worked for many years at the aquarium of Pacific and I used to go out on the boat to videotape marine life for our documentaries. The amount of cans, plastic bottles, etc I saw floating around was appalling. And this was out in the ocean not near the coast. Coast was even worse. We need to commit to reusable bottles!

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