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.

Plastic Garbage Patch

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.

It won’t be mentioned in Glasgow!!


  1. Anna says:

    Most of the of delegates attending the Glascow Climate conference will be issued with plastic water bottles. Several recent reports indicate the dire global situation associated with the world’s plastic use. Two statistics jump out immediately. One, that globally humans buy a million plastic bottles per minute. The second, 91% of all plastic is not recycled. On top of that, it is estimated that over half a trillion plastic bottles were sold in 2020.

  2. Less says:

    It amazes me how bottled water often costs more than milk ! And I can vouch as a farmer in my past there is a tonne of work in getting the milk into the bottle ! And then on that recycled milk bottles were all the go once, is that another area that could avoid plastics ? What about cardboard cartons ?

  3. Whitten says:

    The thought of buying bottled water when it was freely available from the tap would have seemed absurd to most people. Yet today sales are higher than ever. We look at how much we’re really drinking, how our obsession started and the devastating effect it’s having on our environment.

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