The Switch to Metal


Annie Wild, Journalist

If you do you use plastic bottles the least you can do is recycle it.”

— Dominique Downey

Would you use a product if you knew it was harmful to you and to other life forms? Metal and reusable bottles have been becoming more popular than before. Using these types of bottles is a way to save the environment and help stop spreading plastic waste. Plastic bottles produce harmful chemicals, making metal the safer option. 

    Plastic not only produces chemicals, but also creates trash in places animals need to live. Drinking from reusable bottles lessens the amount of waste that is created to provide a clean area for wildlife. There are so many fun and creative ways to personalize metal bottles as well. 

    “Although water, in and of itself, does not go bad, the plastic bottle it is contained in does expire, and will start leaking chemicals into the water,” stated Benjamin Radford in “Why Do Bottles of Water Have Expiration Dates.” 

    Chemicals in drinking water are ones that will not harm humans, but they are not chemicals humans should want to be consuming. These are unknown chemicals that scientists are studying. This means that they possibly have effects that we do not know about. 

    “Almost three-quarters of the tested plastics displayed some form of toxicity,” Kevin Loria wrote in “Most Plastics Products Contain Potentially Toxic Chemicals.” 

    Most plastic contains these chemicals that could be harmful. This is something that people should be aware of and stay away from. When using metal bottles there is no need to worry about the issue of expiration or chemical leakage. 

    “I have made the switch! I feel like the use of reusable bottles is very important. I have multiple metal bottles with different colors,” said junior Dominique Downey. 

    Metal bottles allow for personalization to express yourself and truly make the bottle yours. The fun colors and stickers are only a few ideas and personalization is possible. 

    “Using metal bottles is better for the environment…plastic bottles have been proven to effect in negative ways, meaning it’s much safer to use metal,” says sophomore Abby Campos.