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Bluewashing: The Truth Behind Bottled Water

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Key Facts

  • Spring water used for bottled water comes from environmentally sensitive areas.
  • Groundwater pumping can cause water levels to decline both underground and in surrounding lakes, rivers and streams.
  • As long as water bottlers profit from water, they have no financial incentive to reduce their total water consumption.
  • Tap water has the lowest water footprint and the lowest carbon footprint of any beverage.
  • In 2007, bottled water production in the United States used the energy equivalent of 32 to 54 million barrels of oil—enough to fuel about 1.5 million cars for a year.
  • The manufacture of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, water extraction, bottling and distribution amounts to up to 2,000 times the energy cost of producing tap water.
  • In 2006, only one out of every four water bottles were recycled; at this rate, millions of tons of empty plastic bottles end up in landfills.
  • The distribution of bottled water uses energy and therefore contributes to climate change.
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7:12PM PDT on May 13, 2013

Thank you for info.

7:12PM PDT on May 13, 2013

Thank you for info.

9:46AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

The natural sources are not renewed. This was one of the first thing I learned when in fundamental school. Unfortunately many among us still didn't get it.

8:31AM PST on Feb 9, 2013

ty

5:38AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Thanks for the info.

7:39AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Currently, 4 quarts of bottled water is more expensive than gasoline, who would have ever thought that 10 years ago.

I did, I designed a system that I have been using for far longer than 10 years, but first I utilize a rainwater catchment system, yes, it works, give it a try, it is easy.

My filtration system is capable of processing 22,000 liters/5811 gal. per day, it use a trash filter, a ceramic filter, KDF (removes heavy metals, inorganics and organics), a UV chamber, coconut carbon activated filter, a unit counter (liters or gallons), automatic shutdown in case of any system failure.

I suppose that some of the simpler filtration systems would work but I do not believe in taking a chance, not with the water that I drink.

Our drinking bottles are made from stainless steel, they will last for years.

7:24AM PDT on Mar 23, 2011

I would never buy bottled water although it is done?bottled in the next town as I can use tap water or take a bottle to the spring outflow where the water comes out from the Sierra Nevada (Spain) a french water company Danone is stealing the water from this town so we renamed them Ladrone , which means thief.

6:56AM PDT on May 20, 2010

Most home water filters will not remove ADDED metals from tap water
Until our water company stops adding Flouride to the drinking water I will drink spring water, not just any bottled water will do. There use to be springs here that you could get water from.

9:50PM PDT on May 19, 2010

i agree completely. we need to free ourselves from platics that we really don't need.

please sign and share:
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i'd really appreciate it

2:24PM PDT on May 16, 2010

I never drink bottled water! Horrible stuff!

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