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Mind the bottle

May 15, 2010

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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:

Water-bottle links:

Regarding Bisphenol-A (BPA):

About Bottled Water:

David Suzuki on bottled water:


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