BOTTLED WATER SALES A TRIUMPH OVER REASON

They were marketing bottled water so they had to be very clever to the extent that it has now become a fashion accessory as much a beverage which is why Australians are spending over $500 million every year for a product they can buy a 1000 times cheaper from the cleanest water supplies in the world. 

Bottles Finish in Ocean Click to enlarge

Bottles Finish in Ocean
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Waterways clogged Click to enlarge

Waterways clogged
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Plastic Bottles Bundled Click to enlarge

Plastic Bottles Bundled
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When Australia was introduced to bottled water in the late 1980s, we all thought it was a joke. Us Aussies

 

would never be so foolish as to buy bottled water. Well, the joke is on us… we are buying bottled water in droves!

Where does all this bottled water come from? Clean, peaceful rivers and bubbling mountain brooks as depicted on the bottles? Not as much as they say, there is a fair portion obtained from tap water with the majority obtained from bore water pumped from the ground at almost zero cost.

To reduce global warming on plastic bottles it is suggested to use tap water at home and to bottle your own water. You can take your tap water with you when you are on the go using a reusable water container you can reduce the number of water bottles that end up in landfills. There are 60 million water bottles thrown away each day and only 10 percent of those bottles end up being recycled. That means that 90 percent of those 60 million bottles end up in landfills taking more than 1,000 years to breakdown and decompose. This is one of the largest problems with global warming on plastic bottles. With than many plastic bottles just ending up in a dump instead of being recycled and used in other products we are polluting our land and water supplies with this kind of waste. Even if every single bottle was recycled this is not the only problem with global warming on plastic bottles.

Oil Consumption and Plastic Bottles

You also so should consider the amount of oil that it takes to produce these plastic bottles. Plastic bottles are created from oil. To make the 50 billion plastic PET bottles each year it takes 1 and a half million bottles of oil. That is enough oil to fuel 1 million cars for an entire year. That is only the oil that goes into the bottles. It does not account for the energy it takes to run the manufacturing plants and the bottling company or to clean and prepare the water for bottling or for the shipping of the water once it is bottled.

Global warming on plastic bottles should also account for the amount of Carbon Dioxide that is released into the atmosphere. In fact, for every of PET plastic bottles three tons of carbon dioxide is created. This is 0.1 percent of greenhouse gas emissions each year or 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.. A recent News Limited taste test had 68% of us liking the tap water better than bottled water. Around 20% couldn’t pick a difference. Tap water has 1 per cent of the environmental impact of bottled water. Bottled water production makes 600 times more CO2 than tap water. The average cost of a litre of bottled water in Australia is approximately $3.00, double the cost of petrol. The average Australian drinks 14 litres of bottled water per year. Australians buy 118,000 tonnes of plastic drink bottles a year. It takes 8 years to recoup the cost of a bottle of water by refilling the bottle with tap water.

That is an enormous waste for water that has no real added health benefit. If you do choose to hydrate yourself via the bottled stuff you will be causing almost 100 times more impact than if you fill your cup from the tap. Not all tap water tastes the same, but the truth is that the quality of tap water is more closely controlled than bottled water. If you really can’t stand the tap try a filtered jug at home or a filter for your faucet.

Boat made from 12,500 plastic bottles arrives in Sydney!  click link below

Bottle boat sails into Sydney

 

10 Responses to “BOTTLED WATER SALES A TRIUMPH OVER REASON”

  1. Todd says:

    But it’s all about perception. Drinking water that comes out of a metal tap, or drinking water that comes from a trendy bottle that evokes images of purity and nature? No contest. No contest that is for those with more money than sense, who are driven to buy something they don’t need and didn’t really know they wanted till some marketing company convinced them that they did. By the way Evian is naive spelled backwards.

  2. Hiker says:

    There is no need to constantly sip on a bottle of water to avoid dehydration unless you feel thirsty which is the body’s way of telling you to drink water, and you’re not at risk of becoming dangerously dehydrated the minute you feel a little parched. When you get thirsty, the deficit of water in your body is trivial — it’s a very sensitive gauge– it might be only a 1 percent reduction in your overall water. So unless you are going to be in an area where you can’t access water, such as hiking in the bush, carrying a bottle of water around with you is unnecessary.

  3. Noel Rayson says:

    There is a time and place for bottled water such as in the case of disasters (Environmental & man made), third world countries and regions in which there is no access to safe drinking water. But there is no reason why someone would continue to purchase bottled water in Australia or any of the developed countries.

  4. Bloated says:

    What wood ducks we are to believe that we need to imbibe copious amounts of water, even if we don’t feel thirsty, or something awful will happen to us. I drank a litre of bottled water yesterday, which tasted no different to tap water, in addition to the four cups of tea and a couple of beers I regularly consume and all it did was to make me feel bloated and cause me to visit the urinal at twice the normal rate to adjust my body’s water balance

    • Aquanita says:

      You should not be surprised…It is your body’s way of telling you your drinking too much. Do this too often and you could stuff up the regulator in the brain that tells you when to start or stop drinking. Water becomes harder to swallow and you feel uncomfortable when you overdue it… just like being thirsty is the body’s way of calling for more H20 from the tap.

      • Lindel Etina says:

        A lot depends on how active you are as to how much water you need because drinking too much can be harmful A very dear friend of mine had read somewhere that adults should drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. less than 3 months after following the advice he developed a rare condition that causes the salt levels in the body to drop causing inflammation in the brain which almost cost him his life. Yet there are scaremongers, with vested interests (producers of bottled water) who talk about hydration for health are still recommending that we drink 1.5 to 2 litres daily as “the simplest and healthiest hydration advice you can give” They also claim that “even mild dehydration plays a role in the development of various diseases”…which is nonsense.

  5. Less says:

    What I don’t get is why the re-usable bottles are so hard to clean that you end up throwing them out way too soon !

  6. Less says:

    which is better the aluminum metal flask or the plastic?
    I have heard good and bad about both…

    • H & R says:

      Any reusable bottle is better than buying bottled water. We have two stainless steel water bottles which we use when we are hiking or cycling. They are easy to clean and have no plastic toxins to worry about.

  7. Lipton says:

    Eight glasses of could be about the right adult daily requirement less what is consumed in fruit juice, beer, coffee or tea, milk, soup etc. Of course the bottled water people don’t mention that in their sales pitch.

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