Posts Tagged ‘environment’

The Dark Side of Bottled Water

Friday, February 17th, 2017

We all think we are healthy and making a great decision when we reach for a bottle of water in the supermarket instead of the sugary alternatives. Did you know the dark side of bottled water? Water is always a better choice for you and your body will thank you in many ways if you choose that over sugary drinks. You really should cut out the sugar loaded drinks for the benefit of your body, however,  the environment is suffering when you choose bottled water.

It is estimated that Australians consume over 600 million litres of bottled water each year, from that approximately 370 million bottles end up in land fill each and every year. Those 370 million bottles make up 38% of Australias total rubbish volume. Plastic bottles are in the top ten items collected each and every year on Clean Up Australia Day.  That just seems crazy to me, but wait a minute there is more. Most plastic bottles are made from PET which is produced from crude oil, it takes approximately 250ml of oil to produce just 1 litre of water. Bottled water is not looking so environmentally friendly now and considering that 3 tons of carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere for every ton of PET that is produced is it really worth it.

We are continually producing products that are destroying the earth at an alarming rate. Isn’t it time we all started to refill, reuse and recycle. The statistics above show that majority of people are not recycling their one use water bottles. Many bottles that don’t make it to land fill or the recycle bins often end up in our oceans destroying ecosystems and causing havoc for much of our sea life. I came across a video that shows the devastating effect our pollution is having on a little island in the North Pacific Ocean 2000 miles from the nearest continent. Watch the video and see the dark side of bottled water.

 

There are other more cost effective solutions to bottled water and most of us are aware that tap water is not always so good but we can filter that water and use eco-friendly bottles, If each and every person chose not to use bottled water we really could start making a difference.

information source: Clean up Australia Factsheet

Buying Bottled Water is Not sustainable

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Bottled-Water-Life-CycleBuying bottled water is not sustainable as you will see below. Australians spend more than $500 million on bottled water each and every year. While we are all becoming much healthier and drinking more and more water, the impact on the environment is absolutely terrible. What is happening is that we are purchasing larger amounts of bottled water thinking that it is better for us and not drinking the tap water. The best thing we can do is to add a filter to our tap water and refill reusable containers and bottles. Here are some interesting facts that I found at the Cool Australia Website about the impact bottled water has on our environment.

 

* It takes up to seven litres of water and one litre of oil to produce one litre of bottled water.

* A recent News Limited taste test had 68% of us liking the tap water better than bottled water. Around 20% couldn’t pick a difference.

* Tap water has 1 per cent the environmental impact of bottled water.

* Bottled water production makes 600 times more CO2 than tap water.

* Australians spent more than $500 million on bottled water last year.

* One bottle of water has the same impact on our environment as driving a car 1km.

* Most water bottles end in landfill.

* Australians drank 115 Olympic swimming pools worth of bottled water last year.

* Discarded drink bottles account for 38 per cent of the total rubbish volume.

* The average cost of a litre of tap water in Australia .001¢

* The average cost of a litre of bottled water in Australia is $2.83

* The average Australian drinks 14 litres of bottled water per year.

* Australians buy 118,000 tonnes of plastic drink bottles a year.

* It takes 8 years to recoup the cost of a bottle of water by refilling the bottle with tap water.

* Water bottlers (Coke & Schweppes) of Australia are fighting against legislation for a container deposit scheme. What? The system has worked very well in South Australia for 35 years. In 2008 the refund was increased from 5 cents to 10 cents and return rates jumped 20% from a good 70% to a brilliant 80%.

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