How Much Oil Is Used For Bottled Water?
Did you know that the main ingredient in plastic water bottles is oil?
We use roughly 17 million barrels of oil to make plastic water bottles every year. That's energy oil to power 100,000 cars for one year - AND heat 60,000 homes! This does not include the gas that is wasted delivering or transporting those bottles by rail, truck, or ship--sometimes over long distances by crossing national borders.
The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) in a 2001 report said roughly 1.5 million tons of plastic are expended in the bottling of water each year. The energy required to manufacture and transport bottles to local and international markets severely drains limited fossil fuels.
While some have suggested washing and reusing plastic bottles to mitigate the strain on the environment and limited energy resources, reusing compromises the quality of water through "leaching" (more phthalate--acid used as a plasticizer--leaches into the water as the bottle gets older).
(Note: We gratefully acknowledge the following source of information: AllAboutWater.org/environment.html.)
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