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What's the Problem with Plastic Bottles

Bottling Our Water Battling Our Environment An Eco-Friendly Solution to Plastic Bottles Americans consume plastic water bottles at a staggering rate. But how are those plastic bottles produced and where do they end up? Is bottled water really any better for us? Let's take a look at the journey of a plastic water bottle. Bottling Plant Bottled water manufacturers are not under the same health regulations as municipal water supplies. The EPA doesn't require manufacturers to disclose their water source, treatment methods, or possible contaminants. 49% of U.S. bottled water is just purified tap water, according to Consumer Reports. An NRDC test found: 22% of bottled water contained contaminants exceeding state health limits. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) is the most common type of plastic used to make water bottles. PET manufacturing uses enormous resources and generates greenhouse gases. the most common type of plastic in water bottles-uses enormous resources and generates greenhouse gases. 1L PET It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water. Manufacturing 1 ton of PET generates 3 tons of CO,-a greenhouse gas. 1L 1L 1L PET CO2 3.1 million tons of PET are produced annually in North America. That means 9.3 million ton of CO, are emitted into the atmosphere. Most of those remaining 2 liters go to waste due to chemical contamination. Transportation Rather than coming straight to your tap, bottled water often travels thousands of miles to reach you. 17 million: Barrels of oil used in water bottle production and transportation every year.that's enough to fuel 1 million cars for a year! 3,800: Tons of greenhouse gases emitted during shipment from western Europe. There are 40,000 18-wheel trucks on the road every week to deliver bottled water. Billions of water bottles are shipped to the US. from overseas. At The Store At Home Landfills & Oceans Recycling Program Bottles consumed globally in 2014 People worried about drinking water Recycled water bottles in the U.S. 31.3% 2014 Recycled U.S. Bottle Consumption $13 Billion 60% of bottles 84% Concorned 50 billion water bottles are Yet, tests have found water bottles containing dozens of different chemicals and contaminants at unsafe levels, including: Plastic does not biodegrade, so it will still be in landfills 1,000 years from now. Recycling plastic bottles doesn't completely solve the problem either. consumed worldwide every year. Tap water costs less than a penny per gallon. Even if 100% of bottles were Every square mile of ocean contains 46,000 pieces of plastic. Phthalates, arsenic, chlorine, acetaminophen, nitrates, coliform bacteria, fluoride. recovered, massive resources Bottled water can cost 1000x as would still be required to collect, much. PETS break into small pieces, which marine animals often mistake for food. transport, process, and manufacture recycled materials. The Eco-Friendly Alternative Or opt for a countertop or under-counter system that filters The best solution is to filter tap water right at home. contaminants for cleaner water directly from the kitchen tap. Remember that 49% of bottled water is just purified tap water? A home filtration system provides cleaner, safer water without the wasted resources or environmental Look for filters that waste no water and require no electricity. impact. Choose a whole house system for filtered water from every tap in the home. That also means cleaner water for showering and bathing-free of the damaging effects of chlorine and chemical treatment. NSF NSF International independently tests water filtration systems to ensure they meet safety and performance standards. 0.012 16.00 19.00 Look for a NSF filter certified to remove/reduce: Chloramines Chlorine Arsenic Fluoride Lead Pesticides 17 17 33 82 Н CI CI As РЬ Fluoride 19.00 gmol-1 Hydrogen Chlorine Chlorine Arsenic Lead Nitrogen 14.01 1.008 35.45 35.45 74.92 207.2 49 Te 87.62 95.94 (98) 101.07 127.60 126.90 56 Ba Hydrogen 1.008 At 137.33 Pair your water filter with a reusable BPA-free bottle so that you can take it on-the-go and avoid buying plastic bottles. If we all take Individual steps to reduce the dependence on plastic water bottles, we'll go a long way toward a greener, more sustainable future! Pelican Water Systems www.PellcanWater.com Sources: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/2011/september/food/bottled-water/overview/index.htm http://www.huffingtonpost.com/norm-schriever/post_5218_b_3613577.html http://www.nrdcorg/water/drinking/qbw.asp http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/plastics.htm#facts http://epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/tools/warm/pdfs/Plastics.pdf http://www.epa.gov/solidwaste/nonhaz/municipal/pubs/2013_advncng_smm_fs.pdf http://pacinst.org/publication/bottled-water-and-energy-a-fact-sheet/ http://www.nrdc.org/water/drinking/bw/chap3.asp http://www.bottledwater.org/bottled-water-sales-and-consumption-projected-increase-2014-expected-be-number-one-packaged-drink http://www.businessinsider.com/facts-bottled-water-industry-2011-10?op=1 http://phys.org/news/2009-03-energy-bottle.html http://homeguides.sfgate.com/water-bottle-pollution-79179.html http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2013/10/28/241419373/how-much-water-actually-goes-into-making-a-bottle-of-water http://abcnews.go.com/Business/study-bottled-water-safer-tap-water/story?id=87558 http://www.petresin.org/news_PETbythenumbers.asp http://www.nsf.org/consumer-resources/what-is-nsf-certification/water-filters-treatment-certification/ Ll

What's the Problem with Plastic Bottles

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While the idea of buying water might have been laughable 30 years ago, bottled water sales continue to rise year after year. The bottled water craze brings along a host of problems, both for the envir...

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