The Problem With Bottled Water & It's Effects On Our Environment
1.5 million barrels of oil are used annually to manufacture plastic water bottles. (Earth Policy Institute)
2 million tons of plastic bottles are land filled every year. (Worldwatch Institute)
Only 1 out of every 10 plastic bottles is recycled.
Bottled water has to either be pumped out of the ground or treated. Up to 1500 gallons of water are wasted during this process.
Bottled water uses fossil fuels in the making, filling, transporting, and recycling of plastic water bottles…up to 187 gallons of oil are spent!
1 billion pounds of CO2 is emitted in the transportation of bottled water in the United States alone.
40% of PET bottles recycled in the United States in 2004 were exported – adding to the resources used.
Bottled water is drinking water packaged in plastic or glass containers. The dominant form is water packaged in new Polyethylene terephthalate bottles and sold retail. Another method of packaging is in larger high-density polyethylene plastic bottles, or polycarbonate plastic bottles, often used with water coolers.
PET bottled water containers make up one-third of 1 percent of the waste stream in the United States.An estimated 50 billion bottles of water are consumed per annum in the US and around 200 billion bottles globally.
The recent documentary Tapped argues against the bottled water industry, asserting that tap water is healthier, more environmentally sustainable and more ecologically just than bottled water. The film focuses on the bottled water industry in the United States. The film has largely seen positive reviews, and has spawned college campus groups such as Beyond the Bottle.
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