An Argument Against Plastic Bottles
Did you know only 91% of plastic isn’t recycled? Some people say the benefits of bottled water outweigh the bad but that’s actually not true. I take the position that bottled water is not a good thing and we should stop using it as much. Here are my reasons for why I take that position. Bottled water is bad for the environment, and bottled water is harming our ocean and sea animals.
My first reason is that bottled water is bad for the environment. For example, plastic water bottles are made from a petroleum called polyethylene terephthalate. Polyethylene terephthalate requires large amounts of fossil fuels to create (“Plastic 4”). This shows one of the negative effects plastic water bottles have, they require fossil fuels to create which have been proven to be bad for the environment. Fossil fuels are dangerous for the environment and are currently harming it and us significantly.
Another example includes statistics from the MSLK Watershed Installation. “Plastic leaches toxins into the water, which have been linked to health problems such as reproductive issues and cancer,” (“Scholtus 5”). This shows that plastic harms not only our environment, but also our bodies. With this evidence we can see why we should stop using bottled water as much. In addition, an article from Healthy Human states, “It takes up to 1,000 years for every single bottle of water to decompose. Each bottle leaks harmful chemicals into our environment along the way as it decomposes,” (“Plastic 4”). This shows how long it takes for plastic to decompose and while it is decomposing it leaks harmful chemicals into our environment. This evidence proves that plastic bottles and plastic itself is harmful to us and our environment.
My second reason is that plastic bottles are harming our ocean and sea life. For example, plastic is filling up our oceans and killing sea animals. In an article by Ocean Crusaders they write, “100,000 marine creatures a year die from plastic entanglement and these are the ones found…Approximately 1 million sea birds also die from plastic (“Plastic 3”).” This shows how plastic is hurting our sea life. Bottled water is sometimes a safe way to get water but it’s harmful to the environment and impractical. It’s more expensive to continuously buy bottled water instead of using a reusable water bottle. Bottled water is impractical and hurting our sea life, which we need. People all around the world rely on fish and other seafood to survive. If that sea life is contaminated by toxic plastic it can not only be harmful to the animals, but also dangerous for our health.
Another example is how plastic is harming our ocean. Our oceans are extremely important and we need them to survive. The Marine Conservation Institute writes, “Oceans generate half of the oxygen we breathe and, at any given moment, they contain more than 97% of the world’s water,” (“Why 6”). This shows how important our oceans are. In addition, our oceans are being filled with plastic which is bad for everyone on our planet. In the article, Ocean Plastics Pollution from the CBD they write, “Billions of pounds of plastic can be found in swirling convergences that make up about 40 percent of the world’s ocean surfaces. At current rates plastic is expected to outweigh all the fish in the sea by 2050” (“Ocean 1”). This shows how plastic is filling up our ocean and harming the sea life and us. With all the plastic going into our ocean we will start to see the negative effects it has on us, our sea life, and our oceans. Plastic bottles are part of that plastic and if we cut down on using them and stop mass producing them we will help our oceans significantly.
In conclusion, we need to stop using plastic bottles so much. Plastic bottles are hurting our sea animals, our oceans, and they are harming our environment. In 6th Grade I became very invested in learning about climate change and how plastic was filling up our oceans. The facts and the statistics scared me but I knew that one of the things I could do that would help was using a water bottle. This shows how such a simple easy thing benefits us and our planet. We have to start doing better, we need to stop filling our oceans with plastic bottles and other plastic items. I’m not asking you to change your entire lifestyle, but using a reusable water bottle will help our planet and our sea life. Bottled water has benefits but in the end the negative effects they have will always outweigh the good things.