What a crock that whole bottled water industry is! Please believe me when I say that our lake water is still 100 times cleaner than that expensive bottle of Dasani you are drinking. City tap water goes through continual treatment and testing, there is no reason to pay money to buy water in plastic bottles that take up too much energy and precious resources to produce, ship and dispose of in landfills.
If you do happen to have some bottles of water on hand, finish them up and make a vow to never buy another one again. Then re-use those leftover bottles to create something more useful so they don't end up in the landfill (by the way, recycling plastic bottle shouldn't make you feel any better, as recycling water bottles only reduces the global warming impact by 10%. In fact, 90% of the global warming impact occurs during the manufacturing and transportation process.)
With that said, here is a cheesy little video with 8 great suggestion for crafting with those last few plastic bottles you have on hand:
Bottled water is associated with a whole host of environmental concerns aside from the generation of billions of wasteful plastic bottles, it is also the burning of fossil fuels to refrigerate and transport those bottles, and the draining of aquifers and watersheds to fill the bottles.
To give you a little bit of background, here is some more data from a document compiled by the Council of Canadians on the matter of Bottled Water:
- 70 million bottles of water are sold in the U.S. every day.
- 38 billion single-use water bottles end up in U.S. landfills and waterways leaching toxins into our earth and water every year.
- Bottled water production, transportation and disposal required more than 17 million barrels of oil last year in America alone, enough fuel to power more than 1 million cars for a year, generating more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.
- 9 billion gallons of bottled water is consumed each year in the U.S.
- The amount of fuel required to transport water bottles in the U.S. alone is equivalent to 38,000 eighteen-wheel trucks delivering water weekly.
- Over 2.5 billion tons of plastic are used to produce single-use water bottles every year. This results in over 1.5 million tons of plastic waste – requiring 47 million gallons of oil every year.
- Bottled water companies, water to production ratios are roughly 3 to 1; for every 3 liters of freshwater that the bottled water industry takes from the earth only 1 liter of bottled water is actually produced.
Basically, suck it up buttercup and drink tap water and if you really can't stand the idea of drinking straight tap water, boil it first.
Here is a great candid interview with musician Jackson Browne where he rants about bottled water. I love this, and I think I'm going to join the movement and start declining water bottles from hotels too!