In the U.S. only, 1,500 plastic water bottles are consumed every second.
If you fill a plastic bottle with liquid so that it is 25% full, that’s roughly how much oil it took to make the bottle. For a single-use disposable item, that’s a lot.
It’s harder to recycle plastic bottles than you think. Of the mass numbers of plastic bottles consumed throughout the world, most of them are not recycled because only certain types of plastic bottles can be recycled by certain municipalities.
They either end up lying stagnant in landfills, leaching dangerous chemicals into the ground, enter the ocean, or they infiltrate our streets as litter.
They are found on sidewalks, in parks, front yards and rivers, and even if you chop them into tiny pieces they still take more than a human lifetime to decompose.
It gets worse. In the case of bottled water, the plastic-making process requires over two gallons of water for the purification process of every gallon of water.
The U.S. is the largest consumer market for bottled water in the world, followed by Mexico, Brazil, and China.
Bottled water companies and beverage producers work together to turn huge profits.
Manufacturers of bottled water advertise their products as being of higher quality, purer and safer than tap water, despite the fact that tap water is actually held to more stringent quality standards than bottled water.
Some brands of bottled water have been found to be tap water in disguise.