Consumption of bottled water in the United States results in more than 1.5 million tons of plastic that’s just thrown away, not recycled, every year. 1.5 million tons of plastic is an awful lot – maybe too much for a human brain to picture. Imagine the world’s biggest skyscraper ever, looming high above the highest towers in the biggest cities. Imagine one of these being constructed every year, and that’s the amount of plastic we’re talking about – trashing up our country, floating down the streams, clogging up sewers, crunching underfoot in America’s greatest wildernesses.
Right now, most National Parks in the United States are actually encouraging people to litter with water bottles. National Parks are not just allowing people to bring disposable plastic bottles of water into the parks, the National Parks are themselves selling bottled water to hikers. Doing so may be profitable for National Park gift shops, but it helps to make a huge pollution problem even worse.
A campaign to replace sales of disposable bottles of water with sales of re-usable bottles at national Park gift shops is underway. You can do your part by writing a letter to the National Park Service, and by carrying a re-usable bottle for water whenever you visit a National Park yourself.