Have you ever wondered where your bottled water comes from?
Possibly you have heard that plastic bottles are bad but does anyone know why?
With this in mind, I will explain why and how you can ditch that horrible plastic bottle.
Why are Plastic Bottles so Bad?
In the US, we buy and use a million bottles per minute. For example, we add 29 billion bottles every year to our planet and are #1 country to do so. If that isn’t horrifying, wait for these facts:
- It takes 17 million barrels of crude oil to make 29 billion water bottles.
- So if you fill up 1 bottle with 25% oil, that is how much it takes to make that bottle. Gross. One more thing, 17 million barrels could supply 1 million cars with fuel for a year. Worried about gas? There is your answer.
- About 1:5 bottles are recycled and they can take over 1000 years to degrade.
- It also leaks harmful chemicals into the environment as it breaks down.
- It requires 2,000X of energy to produce A bottle, compared to tap water.
- Guess what? It takes 3X amount of water to make one bottle.
- 5 million tons of carbon dioxide is from creating plastic bottles.
Animal lovers! It is estimated that between 5-13 million tons of plastic each year will be ingested by sea life, birds, and other organisms. By 2050, the ocean will contain more plastic than fish.
(Also, imagine eating fish, poultry, etc. and all that plastic they ingested= you now do too).
Where Does that Water Come From?
Most people drink from plastic bottles thinking it is better quality, but that is not the case. 45% of bottled water is from the tap.
The remainder 55% is from springs. But when you look at the areas where water is coming from, you realize that is it coming from drought ridden places. “Spring water” is not only depleting our streams, aquifers, etc, but the only reason it is still happening is because of demand.
Specifically, brands like Glacier water, Everest water, etc are all just marketing tools to make you believe it is special. Everest water comes from Texas-pretty sure that is on the other side of the world. Glacier water comes from Ohio where there are no glaciers. Sorry to disappoint.
Also, in an article from Mother Jones, Nestle uses water transported from San Bernardino National Forest from a permit that expired in 1988. Coca-Cola is another leader of companies using to most plastic.
Here is a map of locations of water.
Water from exotic places like Fiji water does actually come from Fiji, however the costs of shipping alone makes it not worth it. And one article said that research found arsenic in Fiji water. Uh no thanks. In addition to that, we are taking water from places where people need water to survive.
In other words, most companies use water in areas that need it the most. 1:8 people do not have drinkable water.
How to Ditch the Plastic
- Use a water filter. There are ones that hook to your faucet and others that can sit in the fridge for that clear, cold water you like.
- Reusable water bottle-it holds more water and doesn’t leak chemicals into your water. In fact, there are water bottles with built in filters.
- Stop using the plastic bottles. Recycle ones that you see, and remember that one bottle recycled=powering a 60w light bulb for 6 hours.
- Raise awareness-tell friends and family about plastic bottles and where it comes from. Encourage your workplace, home, and favorite companies to take a stand.
- Educate yourself about your local tap water
- Bottomless coolers-can connect to building’s water lines and will filter when dispensed. Certainly saves on plastic jugs and saves money!
“In the United States, bottled water costs between $0.25 and $2 per bottle while tap water costs less than a penny. Think of how much money you could save”. –The Water Project
Since you are not paying for the water, you are paying for the marketing and bottle.
Products That Will Save You Money
Other ways to save plastic-check out my previous posts!
- National Geographic
- Healthy Human Life
- The Guardian
- The Water Project
- Mother Jones
- Water Logic
- Polluting Plastics