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Use your own water bottle

Drink water from your own vessel and help save 38 billion water bottles being sent to the landfills.

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Bottled water typically costs about 10,000 times the cost of tap / filtered water, so by using your own mug instead of buying one individual, disposable plastic bottle every day, you could save $500 a year. Besides contributing 365 more bottles to our landfills where they take 1,000 years to decompose, you could also prevent some serious health risks. Chemicals that leach from the plastics have proven to cause birth defects, low sperm counts and an increase in testicular cancer. So for your own and your children’s health, if you are going to buy water, look for a glass or steel bottle that you can reuse.


Take Action / Next Steps
  • Ready to switch to a reuseable water bottle? Sign up for the goal on ecomii Action and find other ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
  • Read more about the stylish bottles on the market here.
  • Buy a bottle today at a local retailer or online vendor, such as Amazon.


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1. Earth Policy Institute [2 February 2006] Bottled Water: Pouring Resources Down the Drain. Available from: [10 October 2007]

2. Burros, Marian. "Fighting the Tide, a Few Restaurants Tilt to Tap Water." The New York Times 30 May 2007: Section F, Page 1.

3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [2005] Third National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals. Available from: [10 October 2007]

4. Container Recycling Institute [6 March 2007] Updating the Bottle Bill. Available from: [10 October 2007]

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