Dear Consumers of Bottled Water,

Here are a few tidbits to consider next time you reach for, buy, or otherwise consume one of these things.

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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”
  6. The Australian town of Bundanoon banned bottled water. Click the image above to read about that.
  7. Finally if you do drink one of these, please recycle it.

Read more bottled myths here

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