The Case For Reusable Water Bottles

On our days out, Wuan and I used to buy drinking water and discard the empty plastic bottles afterwards. These petroleum-based plastic bottles are made from a non-renewable energy source. Most of them are not recycled and end up in landfills where they take thousands of years to biodegrade. In addition to that, transporting these bottles from the factory to consumers and then to the landfills burn up fuel that pollute the air.

Using stainless steel water bottle to reduce polluting the environment with plastic bottles
Using this stainless steel water bottle helps save Mother Nature.

Sometime in 2010, we resolved to reduce polluting the environment with these bottles and got a stainless steel water bottle instead. We fill it up with filtered tap water before going out. It has seen better days. I have dropped it on many occasions. Apart from the dings, it is generally very durable and will last for many more years to come. I estimate that we have cut down our usage by 250 bottles for the past two years and saved RM125 in the process. Most of all, we are happy to be able to play a small part in preserving the environment.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.