Water Bottle

Today’s Small Step: Use Your Water Bottle!

You can save $500 a year—and save your digestive system from microplastics.

One of the easiest ways to help ecological conservation and wildlife conservation is to cut down on the amount of plastic bottles we use every day. Single-use plastic bottles are bad because a majority of them do not get recycled, and end up in the ocean instead.

Worldwide, almost 1 million plastic bottles are bought every minute. That means in 2 days, there are enough plastic bottles to rebuild the Eiffel Tower. And plastic bottles aren’t just bad for the planet, they're also bad for your body and your budget. A recent study found microplastics in 93% of water from single-use bottles, which means you could be chugging something even scarier than frat party punch. (Ugh.) Then there’s the cost of single-serve water, about $2—$4 down the actual drain.

The easy way to keep yourself and the earth cleaner: Keep a reusable bottle in your work bag, your gym bag, your car, and your carry-on tote. You can potentially save over $500 a year and save the 800+ species (including humans, BTW) harmed by plastic pollution. Environmental sustainability the easy way, right?