Plastic Facts

It takes three times more water to manufacture a plastic bottle than it does to fill it. The chemical production of plastics also means most of that water cannot be reused.

Source: Pacific Institute

It takes over 50 million barrels of oil every year to pump, process, transport and refrigerate our bottled water. That’s a huge amount of resources to be wasting on something we don’t even need!

Source: Earth Policy Institute

Water bottles are made of completely recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics which are not biodegradable. Instead, they do something called ‘photodegrade’, which means they break down into smaller fragments over time. Those fragments absorb toxins which then pollute our waterways, contaminate our soil, and make livestock sick.

Source: Natural Resources Defence Council

Plastic bottles and plastic bags are the most prevalent form of pollution found on our beaches and in our oceans. There are now more than 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of the ocean.

Source: Ocean Conservancy and United Nations Environment Programme

Plastic leaches into the water it holds, which has been linked to health issues including reproductive problems and different types of cancer. Harmful hormone-disrupting phthalates also seep into bottled water after as little as 10 weeks of storage (this happens much faster if bottles are left sunny conditions such as inside a car).

Source: US News on Health

Bottled water costs well in excess of 1,000 times more than tap water, even if you add the cost of a filter to the price. In fact, even with fuel prices at an all-time high, we pay more for a litre of bottled water than we do for a litre of petrol.

Source: ABC News