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Recycling your PET plastic water bottles is good… but using a reusable water bottle is much better for the environment.
«More than 90 percent of the environmental impacts from a disposable plastic bottle happen before the consumer opens it,» said Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist at the U.S. Natural Resources Defense Council. «Oil for plastic, oil for shipping, oil for refrigeration and, in a small % of bottles, oil for recycling – sadly most PET bottles go to landfills.» As a rule of thumb, scientists say that you can fill a PET bottle ¼ of the way with oil to symbolize how much energy goes into every bottle.
Worldwide, over 60 billion tons of plastic waste is produced every year. Plastic is particularly damaging because it is not biodegradable and plastic particles eventually become part of the food chain – as they have for example in our oceans. In some parts of the sea, there is five times more plastic than plankton. Neil Seldman, a waste recycling expert, has labeled our plastic problem as «potentially more dangerous than global warming.»
BUT WE CAN CHANGE THIS!
Using a SIGG reusable bottle is a smart and simple way to reduce unnecessary waste and to take better care of our planet.
In 2008, Newsweek published a report measuring the greenest countries in the world – and Switzerland ranked #1. At SIGG, we manufacture to the highest Swiss standards and are constantly on the lookout for ways to further reduce our carbon footprint.