Here’s an eye-opening statistic on bottled water from ConvergEx Group. At an average cost of $1.22 per gallon, consumers are spending 300 times the cost of tap water to drink bottled water.
Remember that as you sip water from your single-serving plastic bottle. You might not think twice about where it came from and where it will go after you finish quenching your thirst, but you should.
Even recyclable plastic bottles can be harmful to the earth. It take a huge amount of energy, money, and planetary resources to convert used bottles into new ones that are safe for reuse, and many of the bottles never actually make it into the recycling bin.
In fact, only 31.3 percent of containers made from PET (polyethylene terephthalate) are actually recycled. The rest end up in places that are definitely not good for the planet, such as floating around the ocean or buried in a landfill.
Plastic bottles aren’t only manufactured in America. Many of them travel from around the globe before they end up on your grocery store’s shelf. Billions of single-serving bottles come from other countries, and 3,800 tons of greenhouse gas is generated during the production from Europe alone.
Once the bottles are in the U.S., they are trucked to stores around the country. Each week, there are 40,000 big-rig trucks on the highway hauling bottled H2O to a store near you.
Once you buy a case or single serving of bottled water, you probably put it in your fridge till it is time to hike, bike, or pack your lunch for the day. After drinking it, you probably look for a recycling bin, if you want to be kind to the earth.
If you can’t find one or forget and just throw it into the trash, that bottle may end up in the landfill forever, because plastic is not biodegradable. The bottle might also travel to the bottom of the ocean, where there are currently 46,000 pieces of plastic floating around every square mile.
If you want to stop using plastic bottles, you can easily convert your home’s tap water into a beverage that’s healthier than bottled water, and carry it with you in washable, reusable containers. For example, this is the water bottle I use. It’s insulated so my water is always cold and it’s spill-proof too.
For more information about bottled water and its effects on the environment, take a look at this infographic.
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