We hate seeing plastic bottles in the wild at We Are Explorers. Every piece of plastic humankind has ever made is still somewhere on the planet (unless burned).\r\n\r\nA cursory google will tell you 80% of bottles end up in landfill and they last around 450 years in the water. Bottles and bottle caps rank third and fourth in the list of most collected rubbish in the Ocean Conservancy’s annual beach cleanups from more than 100 countries, and don’t get me started on sea turtles and fish.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n<a href="https://issuu.com/thecleanestline/docs/patagonia_august_2019_recycling_issue" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="size-full wp-image-62623 aligncenter" src="https://weareexplorers.co/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Patagonia-Plastic-Bottle-Recycling-reality.jpg" alt="Plastic Bottles Are In Your Outdoor Gear - Is This Good?" width="1920" height="1080" /></a>\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nPET bottles or polyethylene terephthalate is the culprit. However, perhaps the one place where we’re happy to see more plastic bottles is in apparel. At least that seems like the best solution for now.