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Comparing Carbon Footprint Of Reusable Nalgene Water Bottles To Single Use Bottled Water

1602 words - 6 pages

One of the greatest problems facing humanity is global climate change. Global climate change is the increase in average

global temperature, caused by an increase in greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gases are the blanket of gases surrounding

the earth that allow the world to be inhabitable. This layer of water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, and other gases works

in the same way that a greenhouse does, by trapping heat energy inside the atmosphere. Unfortunately, since the

Industrial Revolution, people have released more of these gases into the atmosphere, thickening the blanketing layer. This

thicker layer traps more heat, leading to dramatic changes in the earth's climate.

In order to reduce to potential climate change, the amount of greenhouse gases being released need to be reduced.

One starting point to reducing the amount of greenhouse gases that you release is to find your carbon footprint. The carbon

footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases that is emitted over the full life of a process. Although it is called the carbon

footprint, it is a measure of the total greenhouse gases released, converted to the equivalent amount of CO2. This number is

not completely accurate, but it is a good estimate of the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere through our

activities. Once you have found your personal carbon footprint, you can begin to work to reduce it. One way to reduce

your carbon footprint is to look closely at each product you use, and find a more carbon efficient version.

This paper can help you with that.

In this paper, you will find a comparison of the carbon footprint of two different types of water bottles: reusable bottles,

like the Nalgene bottle, and single use bottles. This paper is here to help you learn about the carbon footprint of different

water bottles. We hope that you, the consumer, use this to educate yourself and chose the bottle that best suites you and

the environment.

Water is one of the necessary components of life.

People typically recognize the importance of water, yet they often ignore the container the water comes in.

We think that the container is almost, if not as important as the water. So our question to you is?

How green is your water bottle?

To answer the question, we calculated the carbon footprint of a reusable water bottle and of a single use water bottle.

According to our research, Nalgene reusable water bottle is made of polypropylene, while the average single use bottle is

made of PET (polyethylene terephthalate). The energy needed to produce a 1L Nalgene reusable bottle is 2752 kilocalories and that of

average single use bottle is 3.4Mega Joules, or 812.619503 kcal.

To convert from the energy used in production to the carbon footprint, we found the...

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