Yup, that’s right, the oil industry. The production of plastic bottles uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel more than one million U.S. cars for a year!
Plus, it benefits the largest bottled water companies: Nestle, Coke and Pepsi that pump millions of gallons of water from the earth, often from municipal water sources, and sell it back to us for 1,900 times the cost of tap water, which is regulated to ensure its drinkable (most bottled water is not).
Tapped, a documentary from 2009, does a great job of outlining the industry and its impact on the environment (or if you have less time, check out The Story of Bottled Water). Bottled water is so bad for our planet. It seems like a harmless convenience, but once you add in the fossil fuel consumption to produce plastic bottles, carbon emissions, implications of water mining and plastic waste that is clogging the oceans, killing fish and shore birds – it’s just not worth it. Plus, it’s costing you money you don’t need to spend. Great thing is that the solution is so easy:
If you need portable water, fill a reusable bottle with tap water.
So, this summer, give it a try. Fill your BPA-free bottle with tap water and know you’re helping the planet, wildlife and yourself stay healthier. If you’ve already kicked the water bottle habit and are looking for other ways to reduce plastic in your life, check out My Plastic Free Life for tips.