This one hits home – Jason loves his bottled water (sorry honey, it’s true), so we usually have osarka bottles hiding in our laundry room (and plenty of empty water bottles scattered around our house and cars).
The black list on water bottles:
- The Pacific Institute, a California think tank on sustainability issues, contends that producing bottles for US water consumption required the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of oil in 2006, not including the energy for transportation.
- The group says for Americans produces more than 2.5 million tons of and consumes three liters of water for each liter of bottled water produced.
- 70 million disposable plastic water bottles are consumed in the US each day
- Every year 22 billion bottles either go in the landfill or are incinerated and it takes 1000 years for a water bottle to decompose in a landfill
- At ~$1.00 a bottle, you are paying $8.00 a gallon which makes gasoline seem pretty cheap
Something else to consider – tap water has fluoride in it which promotes the health of your teeth. Recently my dentist has begun to ask me if I drink bottled water. Reason being, cavities have increased because people use bottled water as their primary source of drinking water.
So my challenge to you? Cut back on your useage of bottled water (or eliminate it completely!). As it stands now, there is a discussion about banning bottled water on the table . . . so if you start cutting the habit now, you won’t have to go cold turkey later!