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10 Facts About Single-Use Plastic Pollution That Will Make You Ditch Your Disposable Water Bottles For Good

Hydro Flask gear can replace single-use plastics like plastic water bottles and to-go containers. Learn more about Hydro Flask's Refill For Good initiative and make the switch to do your part for the planet.

Single-use plastic pollution has become a crisis. Here are 10 facts about single-use plastics that will inspire you to make the switch to reusable bottles and containers:

1. There could be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050.

Manta ray swimming over coral reef in ocean with plastic bag pollution.

2. Every year, an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastics leak into the ocean — which is the equivalent of dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute. This could increase to two per minute by 2030.

Plastic bottles in a landfill

3. Globally, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, and half of all plastic produced is meant to be used once and thrown away.

Plastic bottles in a factory

4. If just one person moves to using a reusable water bottle, approximately 217 plastic water bottles will be saved from going to a landfill that year.

Dozens of plastic waters bottles stacked up

5. Less than one-quarter of plastic bottles in the US are recycled.

plastic bottle floating in the sea

6. Single-use plastic bottles are the third-largest ocean trash item. Plastic takeout containers are the eighth-largest.

Hand picking up plastic bottle at beach.

7. Between one-third and two-thirds of the debris cataloged by the EPA on beaches are food and beverage-related single-use plastics — like cups, bottles, straws, utensils, and stirrers.

An image of trash washing up in the ocean

8. A single, one-liter water bottle could break down in the ocean into enough tiny pieces to stretch a mile.

Small pieces of plastic from green bottles fished from the ocean

9. A study found that 83% of drinking water samples from around the world are contaminated with microplastic.

Unrecognizable woman pouring herself a glass of tap water from the kitchen sink

10. Buying bottled water is 2,000 times more expensive than filling a reusable water bottle from the tap.

Woman's hand picking up a bottle of water in the grocery store

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Hydro Flask is committed to reducing the dependence on single-use plastics through its Refill For Good initiative. This month, join Hydro Flask in taking part in Plastic Free July by choosing reusable alternatives to single-use bottles and containers.