Adventure Travel Tip: Bottled Water Blues

Help the planet by packing your own water bottle

"Plastic bottles are one of the biggest pollution problems here in the U.S. and around the world. Every year, billions of pounds of plastic bottles end up in landfills or as roadside litter—and this is just in the U.S. alone. Abroad it is likely of much greater magnitude. Here in the U.S. less than 20 percent of plastic water bottles are recycled. Around the world it’s likely over 50 percent.

Most plastic bottles are created from oil. To make the 50 billion plastic bottles each year we consume, it takes one and a half million bottles of oil! That’s enough oil to fuel 1 million cars for an entire year. For every plastic bottle produced, carbon dioxide is created. Carbon dioxide contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. The best solution for a healthier planet: when traveling, carry your own water bottle."

—Jim Sano is the vice president of the World Wildlife Fund’s Sustainable Tourism and Adventure Travel Initiative, the World Wildlife Travel Program. He’s been traveling the world as head of adventure tourism companies for more than 25 years and has logged trips in 75 countries.

Next: How to purify your own water in the developing world.

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