Bottle Shock: What We Waste

Reusable bottle with filter is a sensible alternative to disposables

I know that a lot of plastic ends up in landfills, though living in Boulder with its zero-waste goals and wide-ranging recycling program that includes most plastics, I wasn’t aware how much. The numbers are shocking. I did a double-take when I read that bottled water is a $15 billion industry these days, and it’s not a very environmentally friendly industry either. More than 60 million plastic bottles end up in U.S. landfills every day. They are the remains of the 1.5 million tons of plastic that goes into bottles just for water each year, and Less than 5% is recycled. Toto, we’re not in Boulder.

The new reusable American-made Hydros Bottle from a socially driven and eco-conscious company ( i.e., a Boulder-type enterprise) provides an alternative. With innovative side fill port and twist cap, Hydros helps to eliminate the temptation to buy disposable bottled. Each bottle accommodates a filter that which lasts for three months or up to 200 uses, which not only offers an average savings of $400 but also keeps 200 plastic water bottles out of US landfills. It might be akin to a pinprick on an elephant hide, but every single thing that helps reverse the trend of unconsionable waste is worthwhile.

Hydros is a do-good company too by helping to fund sustainable water projects like Gondum, Nigeria. One dollar for every bottle sold goes to global clean water initiatives, so someone in need can have clean, safe drinking water.

Hydros bottles sell for $23.99 or $29.99  (seemingly depending on color and whether it is a side-fill or top-fill design). Replacement filters are $9.95 for a single to #23.95 or $24.95 for a three pack. Buy online or in retails stores.