An estimated 50 to 80 percent of all life on earth is found under the ocean’s surface. For this reason, it’s up to humans to keep our oceans clean and free of contaminants. Unfortunately, things like air pollution, refined oil, rubbish, and human pollution are all responsible for polluting our oceans. In fact, 90 percent of the trash that covers the ocean’s surface is plastic.

Plastic bottles break down in the oceans and become ingested by birds and other marine life, but when recycled, plastic bottles can become t-shirts, fleece, car bumpers, dog beds, and even new plastic water bottles! Currently, only 27 percent of plastic water bottles are recycled in the United States, and they are 100 percent recyclable. Each year, 35 billion plastic water bottles are thrown in the trash in the United States alone.

Check out the following infographic by Wheels For Wishes to learn how to reduce your footprint to save money and better the environment.

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Reducing Your Bottled Water Footprint

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Co-founder and Vice President of SearchRank, responsible for many of the day to day operations of the company. She is also founder of The Arizona Builders’ Zone, a construction / home improvement portal. Follow +Irma Wallace on Google + as well as Twitter.

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