In spite of having easy access to clean water, the United States is the world’s largest bottled water consumer, and 69% of bottled water containers end up in the trash and not in a recycling container. Show Mother Nature some love and take the challenge to ditch bottled water. Here are some reasons why plastic reduction and picking up your reusable water bottle today can make a difference in the fight for clean water…
- The United States is the world’s largest bottled water consumer, purchasing 29 billion bottles every year.
- Making all the plastic for those bottles uses 17 million barrels of crude oil annually. That is equivalent to the fuel needed to keep 1 million vehicles on the road for 12 months.
- The recycling rate for those 29 billion bottles of water is low with only about 13% being recycled. In 2005, that meant approximately 2 million tons of water bottles ended up in U.S. landfills, according to the National Resources Defense Council.
(reference for all stats above: http://greenliving.nationalgeographic.com/water-bottle-pollution 2947.html)
- It takes 2,000 times more energy to produce a bottle of water than it does to produce tap water. (http://www.pacinst.org/reports/bottled_water/index.htm)
Join us for Drink Just Water Week! Water plays an important role in our lives, whether it is quenching our thirst, keeping us clean, or providing relief from the oppressive heat of summertime. This week, ACT:S is teaming up with MiiR to investigate our own water use (and waste!) and to help provide clean water to people around the world who don’t have it. You in?