Reduction of plastic bottles and waste protection

A million bottles a minute: world's plastic binge 'as dangerous as climate change'. Annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to top half a trillion by 2021, far outstripping recycling efforts and jeopardising oceans, coastlines and other environments. (The Guardian)

A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021, creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be as serious as climate change.

Most plastic bottles used for soft drinks and water are made from polyethylene terephthalate (Pet), which is highly recyclable. But as their use soars across the globe, efforts to collect and recycle the bottles to keep them from polluting the oceans, are failing to keep up.

Between 5m and 13m tonnes of plastic leaks into the world’s oceans each year to be ingested by sea birds, fish and other organisms, and by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish, according to research by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Source: CBS news: The World Health Organization is launching a review into the impacts of plastic on our health. This comes after tests detected tiny plastic particles in many of the most popular brands of bottled water.

Tap Water vs. Bottled Water

  • Bottled water is not typically safer than tap water. In fact, more than half of all bottled water comes from the tap.
  • Buying bottled water is like pouring money down the drain. Bottled water costs from $0.89 per gallon to $8.26 per gallon, compared to fractions of a penny for water from your tap. That makes bottled water thousands of times more expensive than tap water.
  • Water bottle garbage is a major source of pollution.
  • Buying a reusable bottle is an easy way to save money and help the environment.
  • Bottled water is not "safer" than tap water.. Did you know that tap water is tested more frequently than bottled water? In fact, in the United States, our drinking water is continuously monitored and treated according to federal standards. If local tap water is unsafe then water companies are obligated, under federal law, to notify the public.

Bottled Water Is Nearly 2,000 The Price of Tap Water

  • A gallon’s worth of single-serve bottled water costs almost $9.50 — nearly 2,000 times the price of tap water, three times the national average price for a gallon of milk and four times the national average price for a gallon of regular grade gasoline.
  • From 2011 to 2016, the bottled water market grew 39 percent by volume, from 9.2 to 12.8 billion gallons, while the soft drink market shrank 8 percent in volume.
More information: Food & Water Watch

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