“DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOUR THIRSTY TO DRINK WATER”
The original marketing campaign for a water consumption habit was to convince people that dehydration is dangerous. The message was that you should carry a bottled of water with you at all times. Better to pay 300 times more for bottled water than from the tap and risk your health.
We thank Judith of Donvale who gathered information for this item. There was a time when people drank because they were genuinely thirsty. People in office jobs didn’t give hydration much thought beyond refilling their cups at the morning tea break. When we attended University, no one carried water into the classrooms. Now at least one out of three students carry a water bottle. This can be attributed to the media’s false advertising that tells us we should be drinking eight glasses of water per day even if we are not thirsty. There is no difference between a glass from the bottle or the tap they are the same as far as the health and nutritional quality are concerned.
In some cases, such as Australian tap water, it is superior because it is tested more frequently. According to health authorities, people drink roughly 10% more bottled water every year but that number could be even higher, some analysts have pointed out, since most sales are for single bottles. Below are some the bottled water waste facts that you need to know, so you can make an informed decision when it comes to choosing the water you drink.
- Most of the bottled water you buy is just glorified tap water. There are a few brands whose water really comes from springs and mountain streams, but most are just tap water that’s been purified.
- Only 1 out of 5 plastic bottles is recycled. The rest just becomes litter or get buried somewhere. (1)
- It takes 1 PET plastic bottle 700 years to start decomposing. Bacteria, which usually helps in breaking down organic materials, don’t like petroleum based plastics. Technically, they can last forever.
- More than 100 million plastic bottles are used worldwide every day! (2)
- 90% of the cost of bottled water is due to the packaging, not the water quality. (3)
- 3 liters of water is used to package 1 bottle of water.
- Plastic water bottles are petroleum based. In the U.S alone, it takes 1.5 million barrels of oil to meet the demands.
- An estimate 1,500 plastic bottles end up as waste in landfills or thrown in the ocean every second.
- There’s an area in the Pacific Ocean the size of Texas – known as The Great Pacific Garbage Patch – which is composed of plastic, where one in six bottles finish up.
- Plastic is listed as the number one threat to our marine ecosystem.
- The energy used to manufacture bottled water can power 190,000 homes.
- Antimony, which causes dizziness and depression and even death can be found in PET plastic bottles.
- Plastic bottles also contain Bisphenol A which has been linked to obesity, diabetes and cancer.
- The plastic bottles may be BPA-Free but there are chemicals in the bottles, such as phthalates, can seep into the drink and be harmful to your health.
From this data, it’s clear that bottling water is not a health solution, but an illusion that needs to stop. Due to these environmental issues, some countries are thinking of banning the manufacture of water bottles. From your end, how can you do your share in stopping the accumulation of plastic wastes? Bringing your own container that you can refill and purchasing your own filtration system to purify your tap water are just a couple of suggestions which can save the planet, your health and your cash.
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. Bottles used to package water take over 1,000 years to bio-degrade and if incinerated, they produce toxic fumes. It is estimated that over 80% of all single-use water bottles used in the U.S. simply become “litter.”