Disposable plastic water bottles are a convenient way to stay hydrated, but they have major consequences on the health of our planet—not to mention the people who drink from them. The production and disposal of bottled water negatively impacts the Earth’s resources, the size of our landfills, and even the level of water pollution in the fluids you drink every day. The statistics and other details below explore that impact in more detail, including how reusable water bottles act as a strongly preferable alternative. Be sure to share the full infographic at the bottom of this page to spread the word about the dangers of disposable containers.
Some of disposable water bottles’ most harmful effects occur before they actually exist—while they’re still being made. They require a significant amount of resources to produce, and the byproducts can be dire.
Plastic bottles for water are made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
It takes 1/4 of a bottle of oil to produce a single water bottle.
90% of bottled water’s cost comes from making the bottle.
It takes 17 million barrels of oil to make one year’s supply of bottled water. That much oil could fuel 1.3 million cars for a year or power 190,000 homes!
Bottling water releases 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year.
Effects on the Environment
Bottled water creates serious danger when it comes to the size of our landfills, as well as the conservation of our water resources and marine life.
38 billion water bottles (over 2 million tons) end up in U.S. landfills each year.
Most bottled water comes from places with limited water supplies, like California. Nestle even created a water shortage in Pakistan.
Plastic waste (including plastic bottles) washes into the ocean and kills 1.1 million marine creatures annually.
Health Risks & Concerns
Bottled water isn’t just bad for the health of our planet—it has a detrimental effect on our own bodies. Water bottles contain chemicals like BPA and antimony that can cause reproductive issues, asthma and dizziness. Studies even suggest a possible risk of breast cancer.
Bottled water is tested for microbes and other water pollution four times less than tap water.
Water packaged in disposable bottles is shockingly expensive when compared to other sources of drinkable water. For the recommended amount of eight glasses of water a day, bottled water costs:
$1,800 a year
26 times more than a filtered pitcher
3,675 times more than tap water
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