Ah, yes- the ubiquitous plastic water bottle (Americans purchase about 28 billion bottles of water every year. Globally, bottled water is a $60-billion-a-year business!). Yes, they are convenient. Yes, they are user-friendly. And, yes… they are very resource intensive. Some facts, figures and reasons to purchase and use a refillable and washable water bottle whenever you can:
- $$$ Save some money- bottled water costs up to 10,000 times as much a tap water (and up to 1,000 times as much as a water filter).
- Most plastic bottles are made from petroleum (oil), which is a non-renewable resource and mostly imported.
- There is an incredible amount of energy needed to fill plastic bottles with water, transport them to the store, keep them cool, and dispose of them. In fact, it is estimated that the energy used to make one bottle of water is equivalent to filling that same bottle one-quarter full of oil.
- Not only does it take oil to make bottled water, it takes water to make bottled water. It takes more than 3 liters of water to create 1 liter of bottled water.
- In 2006 alone, it took more than 17 million gallons of oil to produce plastic bottles.
So, whether you’re working, traveling, or recreating, consider getting a refillable and washable water bottle to bring along with you, like Sigg or Klean Kanteen. If you have poor tap water quality you can always get a filter for your faucet or a water filtration pitcher – be sure that the filter is third-party certified by the WQA (Water Quality Association) or NSF International (National Sanitation Foundation). And for those times that you do have to purchase bottled water, be sure to recycle the bottle (recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60 watt bulb for up t o 6 hours). Some company might just transform your plastic bottles into something fun like a fleece jacket!
Water is the source of life. Water doesn’t have to be the source of the waste of precious resources like water, petroleum, or your hard-earned money…