Bottled water is now consumed more cheaply and widely than milk and beer in many places. It comes out of our taps, yet many people buy it in massive amounts because marketing campaigns have been so ludicrously successful in making us believe it is cleaner, healthier and tastier.
Even though studies have shown that nearly half of available bottled water contains tap water., global consumption increases by about 10% each year. But bottled water is one of the worst culprits of environmental scourge in the world..
Get a reusable life bottle to keep water on you always.
Steralise your water abroad.
Get a water cooler at home.
Avoid pointless bottled water.
Over 50 billion bottles of water are bought each year. But less than 10% of plastic is recycled globally. For five minutes use, plastic bottles take 1,000 years to disintegrate - leaving tiny microbeads in the oceans; killing wildlife, stunting biodiversity and disrupting ecosystems.
Plastic bottles are mostly made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic, which is a crude oil derivative, meaning millions of barrels of oil are used.
6% of oil extracted from the ground is used to make plastic. Continuing current wasteful trends, by 2050, plastics will use 20% of global oil.
It has been estimated that one 500ml water bottle creates over 80g of carbon dioxide.
Multiply that by 50 billion and...... we;re in trouble. Then, transporting it around the UK is estimated to produce around 33,200 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually - which could be used to power 6,000 homes.
Britain consumes 3 billion litres of bottled water per year, an industry worth £2 billion
2% of water sold in the UK is sourced overseas. Mostly from northern Europe, although some from as far away as Fiji or the Himalayas
162g of oil is used to manufacture a one-litre bottle - which then costs more to buy than the oil itself
Imported water uses 2,000 times more energy than tap water, and gives off 300 times the CO2 emissions per litre
A 1 litre bottle of water uses seven litres of water to manufacture
The Eastern Garbage Patch is an area 6 times the size of England, where plastic outweighs plankton by 6 to 1
Get a life bottle
WHAT CAN WE DO?
The easiest way to avoid supporting the savage wastefulness of the bottled water industry is to not buy them. This will save unnecessary financial expense, whilst preventing plastic pollution, oil use, production costs and ensuing environmental damage. It's a complete no brainer. Though clean water to hydrate with on the go is is important, so Instead: