Interesting Stuff About Bottle Water
A report by the Earth Policy Institute (EPI), says global consumption of bottled water doubled between 1999 and 2004, reaching 41 billion gallons (154 billion liters) annually.
Bottled water can cost up to $10 a gallon, which is more than gasoline. High costs are due to transportation and packaging as bottled water is often shipped globally.
The EPI report lists the U.S. as the world's biggest drinker of bottled water, consuming 7 billion gallons annually. Mexico has the second highest consumption, followed by China and Brazil.
It is estimated that 25 percent of bottled water is just tap water some of which might have been further treated and other times not.
Even when bottled water is considered the safer way to drink water, the packaging is creating a threat to the environment due to the great use of energy and the large amounts of garbage that are created.
The EPI claims that making bottles to meet Americans' demand for bottled water requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel over100,000 U.S. cars for a year.
About 86 percent of plastic water bottles in the U.S. become garbage or litter, according to the Container Recycling Institute in Washington, D.C. Plastic debris in the environment can take between 400 and 1,000 years to degrade.
96% of bottled water is sold in single-size polyethylene terephthalate plastic bottles, which end up in city trash cans rather than recycling bins.
The chemical BPA that is used to make plastic bottles leaches an environmental estrogen that is known to create health problems.
Coke and Pepsi bottled water factories in India (one of the largest sources) draw water from aquifers, depleting the water for farmers in the surrounding areas.
Top 10 Bottled Waters in the United States (2003) - Amazing!
- Aquafina (PepsiCo)
- Dasani (Coca-Cola)
- Poland Spring (Nestle Waters)
- Arrowhead (Nestle Waters)
- Deer Park (Nestle Waters)
- Crystal Geyser (CGWC)
- Ozarka (Nestle Waters)
- ZephyrHills (Nestle Waters)
- Ice Mountain (Nestle Waters)
- Evian (Coca-Cola/Danone)
What you can do:
- Make sure you are drinking pure spring water not filtered city water.
- Purchase large containers of spring water preferably glass.
- Re-use your plastic bottles and at the very least re-cycle them.
- Purchase re-usable water bottles that are environmentally and health friendly.
- Use a filter on your water at home.