Did you know that 60,000 plastic water bottles are disposed of in landfills daily in the United States alone?
To me that is a frightening number. That is a lot of plastic just sitting in a pile somewhere.
Plastic water bottles negatively impact our planet to a greater extent than just sitting in a landfill for thousands of years.
17 billions barrels of crude oil is used per year to manufacture the 29 billon polyethylene terephthalate (PET) water bottles, creating 2.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide.
Producing water bottles annually, requires 900, 000 tons of plastic.
The Pacific Institute approximates that “the energy used for pumping and processing, transportation, and refrigeration, brings the annual fossil fuel footprint of bottled water consumption in the United States to more than 50 million barrels of oil, equivalent-enough to run 3 million cars for one year.” YIKES!
It takes two times the amount of water to produce the bottle than to actually fill it. And don’t get me started on the air pollution created and fuel needed by the trucks when transporting the plastic water bottles to the stores.
Further more, there is the refrigeration at the store and at home and the recycling or discarding of the empty bottle which uses even more energy.
Every ton of PET plastic produced releases around three tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Seeing as plastic does not fully biodegrade, waste patches are contaminating our oceans with debris and sludge that is held in place by underwater currents. Furthermore, sea creatures are ingesting plastic particles which in turn can kill them.
So, the next time you decide to open up a bottle of water or soda, please remember the carbon foot print that one single water bottle will create or has actually already begun creating.
Using a reusable glass or stainless steel water bottle is a great alternative to the plastic bottles, providing a solution to the “disposable” and “non-sustainable” culture we have created over the years.
Source: Pacific Institute