You buy bottled water because you want what’s best for your family. You know that tap water contains chlorine and other potentially harmful toxins, so there are always bottles of clean, filtered water in your refrigerator. Have you ever considered what happens to those bottles once you’re finished with them? At SpringWell, we’re concerned about the quality of your family’s drinking water, but we’re also concerned about the environment. Here are just a few ways that plastic bottle use affects our planet.
Water Bottle Production
Even the production of plastic water bottles harms the environment. How?
- They are made from petroleum products that use large amounts of fossil fuels.
- For every bottle of water, it takes three times the amount of water just to produce the bottle.
- The bottled water industry uses 17 million barrels of oil a year.
- It takes 2,000 times more energy to produce a bottle of water than to produce tap water.
Water Bottle Usage
The statistics are staggering: Americans use an inordinate number of water bottles.
- Each person in America consumes nearly 30 gallons of bottled water a year.
- Each day, they throw away more than 60 million water bottles.
- Only 12 percent of those water bottles are recycled.
- Bottled water consumption increases by 10 percent each year.
Here are just a few ways bottled water usage is impacting our environment.
- Plastics make up 90 percent of the trash that pollutes our oceans.
- Of the water bottles that we use, 80 percent end up in landfills.
- Each plastic bottle takes up to 1,000 years to decompose.
- As these bottles decompose, they release toxins that leach into the soil and water supply.
You can have safer water without affecting the environment. How? With a SpringWell whole-house filtration system. With our filtration system, every tap in your home will provide cleaner and healthier water that will keep your family hydrated without contributing to landfills or floating garbage patches. If you’d like to learn more, contact us today.