The average person drinks 4,742 plastic bottles of water in a lifetime and the bottles take up to 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill. Only a small amount is actually recycled. Plus, it takes energy to create and ship the bottles to their destination.
On top of that, each year, Americans throw away 25 billion styrofoam cups that cannot be recycled. That’s enough to circle the Earth 436 times.
I’ve just worked with a group to eliminate all styrofoam from our campus and I’m working on limiting the amount of water bottles used here as well. Hopefully others will join me in slowing down our consumption of these harmful items.