Fact #1. Bottles used to package water take over 1,000 years to bio-degrade and if incinerated, they produce toxic fumes. It is estimated that over 80% of all single-use water bottles used in the U.S. simply become “litter.”
Fact #2. Recycling is only feasible in limited circumstances because only PET bottles can be recycled. All other bottles are discarded. Only 1 out of 5 bottles are sent to the recycle bin.
Fact #3. U.S. landfills are overflowing with 2 million tons of discarded water bottles alone.
Fact #4. It takes over 1.5 million barrels of oil to meet the demand of U.S. water bottle manufacturing. This amount of oil far exceeds the amount needed to power 100,000 for a year, which does not include fossil fuel and emissions costs of green house gases needed to transport the final product to market.
Fact #5. It is estimated that actually 3 liters of water is used to package 1 liter of bottled water.
I want my water in paper cartons.
I want everything in paper cartons.
I always get hit with guilt whenever we buy bottled water, but mom refuses to drink tap, and will only drink Dasani. I’ve begged her to buy a filter but she won’t.
i had no idea these existed. its so simple.
i want this so bad
(via solati)Source: thewaterproject.org