Bottled Water: The Clean Numbers
Here are some facts about bottled water. Draw your own conclusions.
- Last year, 50 billion bottles of water were consumed worldwide.
- The U.S. market alone used nearly 60% of all the bottled water produced in the world.
- By the end of 2017, the commercial market for bottled water will overcome the market for soft drinks.
- Bottled water generates upwards to US$14.2 billion in sales in the U.S. alone.
- Bottled water is tap water.
- Tap water -- hence bottled water -- typically contain traces of industrial chemicals, pesticides, lead, parasites, bacteria and hormones.
- Bottled water is filtered from tap water almost exclusively for the purpose of improving taste.
- Most plastic bottles leak dangerous chemicals and toxins into the water they contain: BPAs, bisphenols, EA, etc.
- Bottled water is not regulated or tested by the FDA or any other government agency.
- It takes 3 times the amount of water it contains to produce a single bottle.
- Every second, 1500 empty plastic bottles are disposed of in the U.S.
- 30 billion bottles = 1.5 million tons of plastic thrown back in the environment.