Mind the bottle
Plastic Water Bottle Pollution Facts
- 90% of the cost of bottled water is due to the bottle itself
- The average North American consumes 167 bottles of water a year. North Americans will buy an estimated 28 billion single-serving, plastic water bottles this year. Eight out of 10 (22.5 billion bottles!) will end up in a landfill.
- Like all plastic, plastic bottles will be with us forever since plastic does not biodegrade; rather, they break down into smaller and smaller toxic bits that contaminate our soil and waterways. It’s estimated that Plastic bottles take 700 years to disintegrate
- Bottling and shipping water is the least energy efficient method ever used to supply water.
- Most plastic is produced from petroleum by-products; It takes about 1 gallon of oil to produce just 41 plastic bottles. That means 1.5 million barrels of oil is used annually to produce plastic water bottles for America alone – enough to fuel some 100,000 cars for a year.– Earth Policy Institute
- Imagine a water bottle filled a quarter of the way up with oil. That’s about how much oil was needed to produce the bottle.– National Geographic
- Increasing evidence of adverse health effects tied to Bisphenol A, or BPA a widely used chemical in the manufacturing of plastic polycarbonate bottles, including baby bottles, water bottles and food / beverage containers.
- Many studies show that the quality of bottled water may be no better than tap water.
Download and feel free to pin up our Bottled Water Facts poster: https://pebbleinthepond.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/water.pdf
Regarding Bisphenol-A (BPA): http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2009/01/28/f-health-bisphenol.html
About Bottled Water: http://www.allaboutwater.org/environment.html
David Suzuki on bottled water: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2007/02/01/suzuki-water.html