The impact of the bottled water industry is nothing short of staggering and represents the worst in conspicuous and unnecessary consumption and all in the name of convenience. The facts are nauseating so read on at your own risk!
- Out of the 50 billion bottles of water 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.
- Bottled water costs 1,000 times more than tap water. Drinking 2 Liters of tap water a day only costs 50 cents per year.
- Plastic leeches toxins into water, which have been linked to health problems such as reproductive issues and cancer.
- Even in its smallest form, plastic will never biodegrade.
- It takes approximately 500 years for disposable plastic water bottles to decompose
- One bottle of water requires about 1.4 gallons of water to produce
- The oil used to produce disposable water bottles could be used to power 1 million cars for 12 months
- Interestingly, approximately 25% of bottled water is actually municipal water (i.e. tap water) that has been treated (reverse osmosis, deionization, etc.) and packaged in disposable plastic bottles
Needless to say, the bottled water industry is impacting our environment in the most insidious ways imaginable… from the wasteful use of natural resources to non-organic trash to air pollution… and isn’t it a bit ironic (and sad) that much of this water is no better or pure than that available from our kitchen taps?
Fortunately, it is amazingly easy and cost effective to be a good steward of our planet. Carry and use a Pura Stainless bottle and forevermore bypass the bottled water aisle at your local store, decline the bottle of water at your next meeting, and stop carting around cases of bottled water in your trunk. Your planet will thank you… and so will your grandkids!!