With the bottled water industry pushing how eco-friendly their product is through highly effective marketing the fact that the bottling and transport of water is a huge drain on our resources and environment is painfully obvious. Only one in five bottles is recycled, more than 80 percent of bottles end up in landfills and take thousands of years to bio-degrade. Not to mention all of the Greenhouse gases released because of the transport of bottled water.

Granted there are some areas of the world that must rely on out sourced bottled drinking water due to inaccessibility to drinkable water but the major consumers of bottled water are not in these areas. The US is one of the leading consumers of bottled water when, as a country, we have some of the highest quality municipal water provided to us worldwide.

“The environmental cost of the massive consumption of bottled water has led some U.S. and Canadian local governments to consider a ban its sale. While this seems an extreme response, the scientific concerns are well-founded, and the facts may surprise you.

We take water for granted. We waste it. And when we consume bottled water, we pay far too much for it. Skipping the bottle is one step toward solving the water crisis.”

More Information:The Water Project

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