Saturday, December 11, 2010

Terrible Facts about Bottled Water!

I came across this infographic the other day that made me realize how terrible bottled water is. I always drink tap water and refill plastic bottles with tap water simply because I don't think it tastes bad and also to save a bit of money. After seeing the infographic below, I am sure to always choose tap water over bottled water, and expect every one to do so. Bottled water companies spend billions of dollars worldwide to advertise and promote their "so-called healthy" water. Don't be a victim of marketing and start helping the environment.
While a large portion of the world desperately seek clean drinking water, the United States and other countries spend billions on bottled water when perfectly clean drinking water is readily available. Not only are we needlessly spending money on water with lower standards than those of tap water, we are also filling our landfills with billions of pounds of oil based plastics that take thousands of years to degrade. This graphic will visually present an overview of bottled water.

Average price of tap water: $0.0015 per gallon
Average price of bottled water: $10.00 per gallon
Bottled water is around 10,000 times more expensive than tap water
Annually, Americans consume 8.6 billion gallons of bottled water, 53 billion gallons globally.
This generates $51 billion.
40% of all bottled water is taken from municipal water sources (aka. tap water).
22% of tested bottled water brands contained chemical contaminants at levels above strict state health limits.

Bottled water versus tap water:
Tested for e. coli - Bottled NO, Tap YES
Required to provide source - Bottled NO, Tap YES
Required to produce quality reports - Bottled NO, Tap YES
Can still be distributed when tap water standards are not met - Bottled YES, Tap NO

17 Million barrels of oil are used in the production of water bottles yearly, enough to fuel 1 Million cars a year.

It takes three times the amount of water to produce the bottle as it does to fill it.

Only 1 in 5 water bottles are recycled, the other 4 contribute to the 3 billion pounds of waste from plastic water bottles.
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