Sunday, August 2, 2009
It is a common misconception for many people that bottled water is safer than tap, plastic bottles get recycled, and that no harm is being done to the environment in the bottling process. Unfortunately, that could not be further from the truth! My family has been diligent about using filtered tap water these last 2 months. Prior to that, we'd purchase at least (3) 24pack cases of Dasani bottled water a week! When I think of that exorbitant expense--its almost sickening. Besides the financial aspects, but the impact that bottled water has on our environment is astounding. I've done a bit of research (using Swagbucks, no less) and discovered alot about the environmental impact that bottled water inflicts upon us.
-->One out of 6 people in the world does not have safe drinking water, and about 3,000 children a day die from diseases caught from bad water…that we know of. This while Americans spend about $16 billion a year on bottled water.
-->88% of empty plastic water bottles in the United States are not recycled. The Container Recycling Institute says that plastic water bottles are disposed of (not recycled) at the rate of 30 million a day.
-->As much as 40% of the bottled water sold in the U.S. is just filtered tap water anyway. Be sure to check the label and look for “from a municipal source” or “community water system”, which just means it is tap water.
-->Plastic bottles can leach chemicals into the water if left in the sun, heated up, or reused several times.
-->Production of the plastic (PET or polyethylene) bottles to meet our demand for bottled water takes the equivalent of about 17.6 million barrels of oil (not including transportation costs). That equals the amount of oil required to fuel more than one million vehicles in the U.S. each year. Around the world, bottling water uses about 2.7 million tons of plastic…each year.
-->It can take nearly 7 times the amount of water in the bottle to actually make the bottle itself.
-->On a weekly basis, 37,800 18-wheelers are driving around the country delivering water.
-->Tap water costs about $0.002 per gallon compared to the $0.89 to $8.26 per gallon charge for bottled water. If the water we use at home cost what even cheap bottled water costs, our monthly water bills would run $9,000.
-->By drinking tap water, you can avoid the fertilizer, pharmaceuticals, disinfectants, and other chemicals that studies have found in bottled water.
Better for your health. Better for your wallet. Better for the planet.
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