The Life of a Plastic Water Bottle – by Rebecca Mayer

Photograph by Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/AFP/Getty Images

Bottled water, as Peter Green points out on Bloomberg, is the healthy alternative to sugary sodas and juices.  Bottled water sales grew 9% last year, as people made the switch to a healthy alternative.

Of course we should drink water.

As we’ve pointed out before, access to clean water is a diminishing resource, and one we should prize.  For more information on global drinking water access, see this great film.

We just want everyone to bring their own cup or bottle, everywhere, whenever they can.

Photograph by Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images

What is the impact of your bottle of Fiji water?  According to Treehugger, “the manufacture and transport of that one kilogram bottle of Fiji water consumed…

  • 26.88 kilograms of water (7.1 gallons)
  • .849 Kilograms of fossil fuel (one litre or .26 gal) and
  • Emitted 562 grams of Greenhouse Gases (1.2 pounds).

How’s that for a carbon footprint?

Read more statistics on that lone bottle from the Water Project.

“Water would seem to be the ultimate environmentally friendly product,” said Daniella Dimitrova Russo, founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition. “It’s a case of doing something good, packaged in something toxic.”

See this beautiful slide show on the problem of plastic around the world.



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