To stay hydrated, a human body needs about half gallon of fluid intake per day. The healthiest, go to choice is drinking water. Therefore, the bottled water industry has been constantly growing. On average, Americans drink 36.5 gallons per year, which contributes strongly to the 79 million single-use plastic bottles use daily. The problem is that after the plastic bottles are emptied, the U.S. only recycles 30% of plastic bottles. Increasing recycling rate shouldn't be our main goal, because it doesn't solve the problem if plastic pollution.
Only 25% of recycled plastic bottles are re-made into new water bottles. The rest are shredded and processed into plastic flakes used to make carpets, garden chairs, plastic bags and other plastic items. We should be trying to reduce our plastic waste. For example, one huge way to reduce plastic waste is to buy a refillable water bottle and start drinking tap water. Numerous colleges and universities have banned bottled water from their campuses and even the city of San Francisco made it illegal to sell plastic water bottles. Plastic is killing our environment.