Every year, the United States alone consumes about 30 billion single-use bottles of water, 60% of the world’s overall consumption. That’s about 1,500 bottles of water every second, just in the U.S.! Before you buy your next case of bottled water, consider what resources are wasted as each plastic bottle travels from the factory, to the landfill.
When you buy a case of bottled water, just getting it to the store produces waste. The production, distribution and disposal of plastic bottles wastes many materials, including:
Creating the plastic containers, including bottle packaging and labels, requires up to six or seven times the amount of drinkable water inside. Most people don’t reuse these bottles by refilling them with tap water, so it wastes way more water than the product will supply in its lifetime.
When you consider the steps to obtain, process, deliver and refrigerate bottled water, the Earth Policy Institute estimates that it takes over 50 million barrels of oil per year to produce! If you look at your single-use water bottle and imagine it a quarter of the way filled with oil, that’s the amount of fossil fuels it takes to produce just one bottle.
Good Air Quality
Each plastic bottle contains a certain amount of PET plastic. The PETs release about three tons of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere for every ton of plastic produced. For those of you who like to breathe oxygen, this may seem like a problem!
How does bottled water get to your store? Each week, over 40,000 18-wheelers are distributing water around the world and in the United States. According to Ban the Bottle, the energy wasted getting bottled water to you could power 190,000 homes.
Our landfills are overcrowded and growing, and a big contributor to that problem is plastic. Eighty percent of our plastic water bottles don’t end up getting recycled – that’s eight out of every ten bottles we drink ending up in the landfill, taking up space in our world.
Plastic water bottles photodegrade when they are not recycled, meaning they break down into smaller and smaller fragments instead of becoming part of the soil like biodegradable materials. Remember PET plastic? It contains toxins that are released into the soil and our waterways, absorb other toxins and make animals sick. It’s harmful to our physical environment, not to mention the impact on personal health when we end up eating or drinking contaminated water, plants and meat!
When you don’t recycle plastic bottles, you waste the opportunity to reuse that material and keep it from harming the environment. Plastic bottles can make carpeting, fleece, and you can power a 60-watt light bulb for six hours with the energy saved by recycling one bottle!
With all this talk of waste, what can you do to save? As an Evive member, you can clean and fill your reusable water bottle at our kiosks, each individual one saving 7,500 single-use bottles from landfills each month.
Evive Station takes on the issue of plastic water bottle consumption by providing a clean, filtered and convenient solution to drinking water with a reusable bottle. Reduce waste as an Evive member, and research other ways you can help “ban the bottle!”