BOTTLED WATER FACTS
Each day over 70 million bottles of water are sold in the US.
Last year over 38 billion single-use water bottles ended up in U.S. landfills and waterways leaching toxins into our earth and water.
Bottled Water production, transportation and disposal required more than 17 million barrels of oil last year in America alone – enough fuel for more than 1 million cars for a year, generating more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.
1.5 million barrels of oil are used to produce the plastic bottles for the 8 billion gallons of bottled water consumed each year in the U.S. This equates to enough oil to power 100,000 vehicles for a year.
Transporting water bottles from origin to market in the U.S. alone is equivalent to 38,000, eighteen-wheel trucks delivering water weekly.
Over 2.5 billion tons of plastic are used each year to produce single-use water bottles – resulting in over 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year – requiring 47 million gallons of oil to produce.
Bottled water companies, water to production ratios are roughly 3 to 1. This means for every 3 liters of freshwater that the bottled water industry takes from the earth and our U.S. municipal water sources only 1 liter of bottled water is actually produced. What happens to the remaining 2 liters? It is used to clean bottles and machinery and discarded as wastewater.