Have you ever wondered what happens to a plastic bottle once you throw it out? Not many people really give it a second thought.
When you don´t recycle your water bottle it goes into land fill or in some countries is dumped out at sea.
Here are some facts to consider:
- Plastic bottles take around 500-700 years to break down depending on the plastic type
- 80-90% of the cost of bottle water is the plastic bottle itself
- A large percentage of plastic bottles are not recycled, which means they are thrown out into landfills, the sea or just around us - we see them everywhere.
- Bottling and then shipping waters leaves a terrible carbon footprint - it is a very expensive way to drink water.
- There are toxic chemicals in plastic drinking bottles that can harm the water, especially if the bottle is left in the sun.
- In New South Wales alone, Australian Bureau of Statistics figures reveal that eight percent of the population says bottled water is their main source of drinking water. (source)
- Statistics also show that, while 93 percent of Australian homes are connected to mains water, nearly 20 percent rely on bottled water for basic household tasks. (source)
- Bottled water is 1000 times more expensive than tap water, when you add the cost of production of the bottle and the pollution outcome is even more costly.
- If your home is over 60 years old, ask your plumber to check any original pipes and fixtures for lead.
- Australia produced 582.9 million litres of bottled water in 2009-2010.
- Approximately 15,253.79 tonnes of PET (plastic bottles) was used in the packaging of bottled water in 2009-2010
- Australia´s annual use of bottled water generates more than 60,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions - the same amount that 13,000 cars generate over the course of a year.
- Bottled water has now become a fashion accessory - checkout the designs of the bottles, the marketing and the media images of a healthy person drinking bottled water. They used to market tobacco like this and even show Dr´s smoking and recommending ciggys! Don´t believe me? Here is the advertisement: