The proliferation of plastic products in the last several decades has been extraordinary. Quite simply, humans are addicted to this nearly indestructible material. We are producing over 300 million tons of plastic every year, 50% of which is for single-use purposes – utilized for just a few moments, but on the planet for at least several hundred years. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.
Beverage Bottles Alone
According to the Container Recycling Institute, 100.7 billion plastic beverage bottles were sold in the U.S. alone in 2014, or 315 bottles per person.
57% of those units were plastic water bottles: 57.3 billion sold in 2014. This is up from 3.8 billion plastic water bottles sold in 1996, the earliest year for available data.
The process of producing bottled water requires around 6 times as much water per bottle as there is in the container.
14% of all litter comes from beverage containers. When caps and labels are considered, the number is higher.
While there is no single answer to the issue of plastic waste in the environment, we are collaborating to promote infrastructure, education and engagement, innovation, and clean up efforts to keep plastic waste in the right place.
HelpWater 100% bio-degradable plants made bottles are the right step forward.
Safe Water and Sanitation
For millions of people getting a drink isn’t as simple as turning on a tap or buying a bottle from the shop. In rural Zambia and Mozambique, over half the population don’t have clean drinking water and families risk their lives everyday drinking water from rivers and scoop holes and going to the toilet in dangerous and undignified places. Without safe water or sanitation children are regularly too sick to attend school and adults have no energy to farm or work.
Village Water are changing this, one community at a time.
They empower people in need, by removing financial obstacles to access basic but life changing safe water and sanitation. Working with skilled local partners they build toilets, improve water access in schools and villages and provide hygiene training where families learn how to protect themselves from disease. Local people take ownership of each project, they learn how to manage their water pump and sanitation facilities so the benefits can last for generations, and entire communities are able to move away from poverty.
Like Village Water, HelpWater believes safe, reliable water and decent toilets should be available to everyone. Every time you buy HelpWater, not only are you supporting an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic bottles, you are also helping to reach more people with their basic human rights so they can live a fairer, happier, healthier life.