Plastic is cheap, convenient, disposable, and recyclable. Or, at least that is what we have been lead to believe. It turns out that none of these things are true. And new concerns are being raised about the safety of the chemicals contained in plastic water bottles.
The average American uses 215 plastic water bottles per year. The plastic bottle you use and throw away today will still be here tomorrow, and for about 500 years after that. Maybe it is time we all put some thought into where those single use plastic bottles came from and where they are going.
Plastic begins its life as a petroleum product. It has been estimated that 15 million barrels of oil go into plastic production annually, with a staggering 1.6 million barrels going into the production of plastic water bottles alone.
Once the oil has been refined and separated into its component parts, the resulting ethane and propane are then heated to convert them into ethylene and propylene. These petroleum derivatives are then mixed with various chemicals to harden and/or soften the product creating the materials we know as plastic.
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