Bottled Water Consumes Resources
Maybe you’re one of the many Americans who purchases bottled water—approximately 28 billion single serving water bottles are sold each year. While the bottles are recyclable, 8 out of 10 bottles end up in either landfills or incinerators. Additionally, bottled water usually gets shipped around the country to various stores—what you’re drinking is rarely local. According to the Pacific Institute, bottled water was responsible for 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2006 (through production or transportation generated pollution). Instead of buying bottled water, use tap water (or put a filter on your tap) instead. Or buy one bottle and then refill it (and then recycle the bottle). For a dollar’s worth of tap water, you could fill 4,000 16-ounce plastic water bottles.