Here are a few tidbits to consider next time you reach for, buy, or otherwise consume one of these things.
- You’re being charged about 8x the cost of gasoline for that water. Do the math: one bottle = 8 oz ~$1.50. There are 128 oz in a gallon.
- For the price of that 8 oz bottled water, the city will sell you 500 gallons through your tap (read). That’s a 4000x markup!
- 60 million empty water bottles are thrown in the trash, not recycled, each year in the United States. Shockingly, only 14% of what’s consumed makes it to recycling.
- Most bottled water comes from a municipal water supply, not an exotic mountain spring (see #2). Cold filtered tap water gives you the same experience.
- Here’s one: “meeting the annual U.S. demand for plastic bottles requires enough oil to keep 100,000 cars on the road for a year”
- The Australian town of Bundanoon banned bottled water. Click the image above to read about that.
- Finally if you do drink one of these, please recycle it.
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