Bottled water, bad for health and planet's environment

Bottled water, bad for health and the planet

The convenience of bottled water has made it part of our everyday life. Only in the US the bottled water consumed in 2011 was 36.4 billion liters, about 120 liters for every American.

Drinking bottled water is an expensive habit if you figure it is more expensive than 240 to 10,000 times more expensive than tap water. Mostly bottled water is stored in plastic bottles of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). PET is made from fossil fuels (gas and oil). Research has shown that PET chemicals are infiltrated in water. The University of Heidelberg found that the more water remains in the bottle, the higher the water content of unsuitable chemicals.

In addition, despite the fact that laws oblige bottlers to clarify where they have purchased water, almost none of them do. In the work of the Environmental Working Group in 2011, one of the 9 best bottling companies worldwide, only one (Nestlé's Pure Life Purified Water) described the precise geographic location from which the water was procured and the exact treatment process.

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The Pacific Institute estimated that for the 31.2 billion liters of bottled water consumed by the Americans in 2006, it required about 900,000 tonnes of plastic. For manufacturing, stamping and storing a one liter bottle of plastic need 3,4 megajoules of energy. Consequently, for bottling this water, more than 106 billion megajoules of energy were consumed. If you estimate that a barrel of oil provides about 6000 megajoules, it results in the surprising result of the 17 million barrels needed to water water only in the United States in 2006. At the same time, only for this work the US released 2.5 million carbon into the atmosphere, only in 2006.

In some country, we are even better. Not only do we bottle bottled water from plastic bottles, but we do not keep their shipping and storage specifications, and even better, we reuse them, and we do not recycle them.

Now that you know, will you continue to drink bottled water?

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