Montreal is moving forward with a plan to ban single-use plastic bags as of 2018. This is good news. Bonus: The city says it has plastic water bottles next in its sights.
Like plastic bags — or at least certain ones — single-serving water bottles are a convenience we can do without, given their harmful impact on the environment. For one, the manufacturing process contributes to global warming and the depletion of energy resources. As one writer on the National Geographic website put it: “Imagine a water bottle filled a quarter of the way up with oil. That’s about how much oil was needed to produce the bottle.”
Also like plastic bags, too many water bottles — more than 80 per cent, some say — get tossed into the trash instead of the recycling bin. Those that end up in landfills take hundreds of years to break down, and even then, not completely. Many find their way into the environment, polluting waterways and landscapes, and harming wildlife.