Water Bottle Facts

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Environmental:

  • Out of the 50 billion bottles of water being bought each year, 80% end up in a landfill, even though recycling programs exist.
  • 17 million barrels of oil are used in producing bottled water each year–enough to fuel over 1 million cars for a year.
  • If water and soft drink bottlers had used 10% recycled materials in their plastic bottles in 2004, they would have saved the equivalent of 72 million gallons of gasoline. If they had used 25%, they would have saved enough energy to electrify more than 680,000 homes for a year.
  • In 2003, the California Department of Conservation estimated that roughly three million water bottles are trashed every day in that state. At this rate, by 2013 the amount of unrecycled bottles will be enough to create a two-lane highway that stretches the state’s entire coast.
  • In 2004 the recycling rate for all beverage containers was 33.5%. If it reached 80%, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions would be the equivalent of removing 2.4 million cars from the road for a year.
  • That bottle that takes just three minutes to drink can take up to a thousand years to biodegrade.

Economic:

  • Bottled water costs 1,000 times more than tap water. Drinking 2 liters of tap water a day only costs 50 cents per year.

Health:

  • Plastic leaches toxins into the water, which have been linked to health problems such as reproductive issues and cancer.
  • New York City tap water surpasses all federal and state health standards.
  • Bottlers don’t have to let consumers know if their product becomes contaminated, but sometimes they pull their products from stores (happening about 100 times between 1990 and 2007).
  • Water bottles have been recalled for being contaminated with mold, benzene, coliform, microbes, and even crickets.

Sources:
Bottled Water Vs. Tap Water
The US Consumes 1500 Plastic Water Bottles Every Second, a fact by Watershed

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