So you’re thirsty -- You reach for a bottle of cool, refreshing spring water, right? I guess that’s fine and all. Can you tell me where that water comes from or how it gets to your fridge? It’s actually rather interesting when you get down to it.
Americans consume 33 billion liters of bottled water a year. In terms of 20oz water bottles, that’s over 55 billion plastic bottles. From the way it’s advertised, all of this comes from some untapped spring in the mountains or from some pristine cave under some exotic island, right? WRONG! While yes, a number of bottled water brands do tap a variety of natural springs/groundwater, around 44% of all bottled wateris actually from the same tap you have in your homes.
That’s where the water comes from; now let’s look at how that bottle comes to be. To get from the bottle factory to America’s lips, about 1.8 billion gallons of petroleum is used. This accounts for production, transportation, refrigeration and disposal. Production alone uses 756 million gallons of oil.. or around a quarter of a bottle of oil per bottle of water. Experts also say that it takes three times as much water to make the bottle as the final bottle holds. To say that more simply, to make one EMPTY plastic bottle it requires 1 part oil to 3 parts water… then you fill it up with water. Seems like a bit of a waste, doesn’t it?
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