We use water every day. We wake up, brush our teeth. We use water to make oatmeal for breakfast. We use water every time we use the bathroom, take a shower, repeat the cycle to go to work, and sometimes this even happens to us.
Over 1.5 billion cubic kilometers of water exists on Earth. Over 97% of Earth’s water is located in its oceans and is salty, undrinkable, and bad for living organisms. Yet, only 1% of freshwater on Earth is accessible. About 69% of freshwater is locked up in glaciers , making available freshwater for humans, animals, and other living organisms who need it to survive extremely limited.
Fortunately for many of us reading this blog post on a computer with Internet access, we have access to fresh water all day, every day, almost everywhere we go. For some, fresh water is much more precious, and sometimes the lack of fresh water leads to serious problems.
Water is a vital resources for living, but it is also a point of contention among many including big businesses, environmentalists, and even politicians.
Big businesses like Coca Cola and Pepsi Co. benefited from consumers drinking over 9 billion gallons of bottled water in 2008 , and profited $86 billion in 2011 . Still, consumption of bottled water in increasing every year, globally
Environmentalists dedicate their lives to protecting water sources from pollution. Only 12% of plastic bottles were recycled in 2005 , contributing to water pollution and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch , affecting ocean marine life and destroying ocean ecosystems.
In 2015, US President Obama rejected approval of the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would cross from Canada into the United States carrying 830,000 barrels of oil each day , directly across the United States’ largest aquifer, the Ogallala Aquifer. The potential for leaks and contamination of this aquifer is hotly contested by environmentalists, and is a risk to local communities who use water from the aquifer to sustain their businesses and in turn, the country’s farming industry.
Not only does Wabo want everyone to switch to reusable bottles and to rid the world of single-use plastic bottles, we also want to hear your Wabo story. Send us photos and a blurb about your reusable bottle, its adventures, stickers, and why it is important to you and your daily life. Direct message us on Instagram ( @mywabo ) to feature your bottle or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to share the tale of your wabo!
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