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PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES – POLLUTION STATISTICS

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When it comes to polluting our planet, plastic water bottles are major offenders. Each year, 29 billion water bottles are sold across America.  Approximately, one out of every 6 bottles is recycled. Plastic does not biodegrade. Indeed, it does not even completely degrade. All the plastic that has ever been produced is still around in some form or the other, unless it has been burnt. Plastic bottles may photo-degrade but it is a long process. A single bottle may take up to 1000 years to photo degrade. And when it does, it will leach chemicals and pollutants into our soil and water.

Landfills in America right now hold more than 2 million tons of plastic water bottles. Plastic water bottles are manufactured using mineral oils. They present a serious environmental hazard; they are also an unavoidable waste of scarce resources.

Americans, as a people, are known for consuming more natural resources than they should. 17 million barrels of oil are used for producing bottled water consumed in America. This would almost suffice to power 1 million cars in America, for a year.

Polyethylene terephthalate, PET, from which plastic water bottles are made, is made from fossil fuels. The production of PET adds to environmental pollution.

The process of manufacturing a plastic water bottle is highly inefficient, when compared to producing tap water. It requires 2000 times the energy required for producing tap water.

Each day, America discards millions of plastic water bottles. Every second, 1000s of bottles are opened. Annually, 35 million water bottles thrown in trash. Of these, around 12 % are recycled.

An average American drinks more than 30 gallons of bottled water annually. It takes 90 gallons of water to produce that amount of bottled water. We live in a world where millions of people don’t have access to clean drinking water, people die from water borne diseases, and millions struggle from avoidable illnesses. Search profligacy in producing bottled water is totally avoidable.

The US makes up a little more than 5% of the world’s population and yet it consumes a fourth of global natural resources and generates 30 % of the worlds trash and pollutants.

Today, we have reached a stage where a square mile of the ocean contains around 46,000 pieces of plastic trash.

The thousands of 18-wheeler trucks that crisscross America for delivering bottle water add to environmental pollution.

Water consumption is increasing at the rate of 10% annually. Already, Americans are drinking more bottled water than beer or even milk.

As responsible Americans and conscientious citizens of this world, we can contribute to mitigating the impact of bottled water pollution. It’s not difficult to totally check this habit of consuming bottled water. Not only will this save us money, it will benefit our health and the health of this planet.