Don’t buy bottled water.
July 29, 2007
Environmentalists have pleaded with authorities to help cut waste caused by Australia’s increasing thirst for bottled water. Demand is growing by 10per cent annually, adding to the 118,000 tonnes of plastic drink containers manufactured each year. With only 35% been recycled.
For every tonne of one-litre bottles of Evian water shipped to Australia each year, for example, at least 84kilograms of harmful emissions are created. High quality tap water is available for $1.20 a tonne, while standard bottled water costs $3000 a tonne.
In New York, city officials have paid for advertising championing tap water, while in San Francisco officials are no longer able to use public money to buy water in plastic bottles if tap water is available. The New York City tap water is tested about 560,000 a tear and its infistructure is constantly needing upgrading with the loss of conusumer confidence its hard for councils to justify extecive public water infistucture when the people arn’t using it.
Message in a Bottle
By Brian Howard
The WWF argues that the distribution of bottled water requires substantially more fuel than delivering tap water, especially since over 22 million tons of the bottled liquid is transferred each year from country to country. They estimate that around 1.5 million tons of plastic are used globally each year in water bottles, leaving a sizable manufacturing footprint. Most water bottles are made of the oil-derived polyethylene terephthalate, which is known as PET. While PET is less toxic than many plastics, the Berkeley Ecology Center found that manufacturing PET generates more than 100 times the toxic emissions-in the form of nickel, ethylbenzene, ethylene oxide and benzene-compared to making the same amount of glass.
Water bottles for one year consumes more than 1.5 million barrels of oil, which is enough to generate electricity for more than 250,000 homes for a year, or enough to fuel 100,000 cars for a year.