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40% bottled water is simply processed tap water. Economist.com
86% of plastic water bottles used in the United States become garbage or litter; only 14% are actually recycled! Container Recycling Institute
The manufacture and transport of one liter of Fiji water consumes around one liter of fossil fuel, 7 gallons water and emits 1.2 pounds of Greenhouse Gases. Treehugger.com
Did you know? For optimum health, you should drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. Plus one extra for each cup of coffee!
Just a 5% drop in body water will cause up to a 30% loss of energy in the person. The #1 trigger of daytime lethargy, headaches, nausea and constipation
Making bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually. That's enough to fuel some 100,000 U.S. cars for a year. Earth Policy Institute
Worldwide, 2.7 million tons of plastic are used to bottle water each year. The amount of crude oil going into plastic water bottles in the US each year may now exceed 10 million barrels. Earth Policy
To distribute the water that’s hauled to and fro within the U.S. every week requires the equivalent of 37,800 18-wheel trucks. The Week
By volume, bottled water often costs 1,000 times the price of tap water. Economist.com
In contrast to tap water, which is distributed through an energy-efficient infrastructure, transporting bottled water long distances involves burning massive quantities of fossil fuels. Earth Policy
Although in the industrial world bottled water is often no healthier than tap water, it can cost up to 10,000 times more. Researcher Emily Arnold, Tree hugger
Studies show consistently that tap water is purer than many bottled waters—not including those that contain only tap water, which by some estimates is 40% of the total by volume. Economist.com
The so-called Eastern Garbage Patch in the North Pacific Ocean, described as the biggest trash dump in the world, is 90% plastic, much of it in the form of old water bottles. The Week
Delivery water companies are moving in with monster 15 liter (3.9 Gallon) non-reusable PET jugs. The bottles are recyclable but they are too big. "Our mechanical sorting equipment cant handle it so they have to be manually picked up," he said. So "They end up in the garbage."! "Bigger Water Bottles Filling Bins" by Lloyd Alter, Toronto Science & Technology
To ship a single bottle of Perrier from France to a supermarket shelf in Chicago consumes roughly 2 ounces of oil. At every step of this process, greenhouse gases are released. The Week
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