Bottled water costs 1,000 times more than tap water
Only 1 in 5 plastic bottles are recycled
Americans consume over 8.6 billion gallons of bottled water
Most tap water is more heavily tested and regulated than bottled water
Plastic water bottles can take between 400 and 1,000 years to decompose
It requires 3 times the amount of water to produce a plastic bottle than it does to fill it
Last year, the average American used 167 water bottles, but only recycled 38
In many taste tests, tap water was preferred over bottled water
The NRDC conducted a comprehensive four-year scientific study of 1,000 brands of bottled water. The results showed that one third of the bottled waters violated their own industry standards for water quality.
What Can We Do?
First of all, think about it: do we really need bottled water? You would quickly figure out there are many inexpensive and better options available. Ask you parents and grandparents. They can tell you good options.
Use stainless steel or metallic reusable bottles. These bottles can be used hundreds of times. They are not expensive at all. You can buy them in a store or online. Many of them keep your water hot or cold for several hours unlike plastic bottles. They come in various sizes and easy to carry around.