Growing up in a desert in Southern California, I was always taught to conserve water, but this was the first tangible, manageable step I learned, so I could never even imagine leaving the sink on, needlessly wasting up to eight gallons of water each day. I believe that sometime in the near future, plastic water bottles will go the same way as leaving the faucet on while brushing your teeth because now we know better.
And recycling the bottle when you are done doesn’t cut it. Most recycled bottles are actually “downcycled” into products that are then thrown away, which really just puts off the inevitable and is definitely not sustainable. Not to mention that only one in six water bottles actually gets recycled in the first place.