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Ditch your Bottled Water habit

by The Team at Cheap Cheap Rubbish Removal

Monday August 9th 2021

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Bottled water is a very controversial topic.

Many argue against the use of bottled water, while many argue in its favour.

Regardless of your stance on the matter, it is essential to note the environmental impact bottled water has on our planet and our health.

There is a lot of debate about the environmental impact of bottled water production and distribution.

Bottled water and the effect it has on the environment certainly out ways any argument for its use. One common view is that bottled water production, distribution, and consumption is more environmentally destructive than tap water.

Bottled water is expensive and has a detrimental effect on the environment. Bottled water is not always safer or healthier than tap water. In some cases, it may be less safe or healthy to drink bottled water because the bottle may contain harmful chemicals like BPA or phthalates.

Bottled water is not necessarily cleaner than tap water; for instance, tap water in most areas is of better quality than Bottled water in Australia.

The environmental impact of Bottled Water

Consider the impacts of every part of bottled water's manufacture and disposal chain, not just rubbish recycling.

It's estimated that at least 40 billion plastic bottles are used every year, with an additional 12 million ending up in landfills each day.

In 2008, Americans consumed approximately 17 billion gallons of bottled water a year. Image how much plastic has been produced!

Australian average over 30 litres of bottled water each year, and most of this bottled water consumption comes from those under the age of 40.

Australia produces about 64 megatonnes of waste annually, or 2,705 kilograms per capita, according to the National Waste Report (2016).

About 58 per cent of it was recycled, with Australia's recycling rate relatively on par with northern European countries.

Image the accumulative effect of this pollution.

Bottled water: is it healthier?

Bottled water is marketed as healthier than tap water and as the best option for certain medical conditions such as diabetes or kidney disease.

The primary sources for this information are usually health care professionals, but there is no research to back up these claims.

The environmental impact of bottled water production is much higher than that of tap water production. Bottled water requires around 17 million barrels a year to produce, while tap takes about 2 million barrels per year.

The environmental impact of transportation and storage

Bottled water has a significant environmental footprint. Bottled water production consumes a lot of energy. The production of plastic bottles for bottled water also takes a toll on the environment.

The bottles are made from 12–40% fossil fuel, while transportation uses up to 17 million barrels of oil annually. This can be compared to the amount of fuel needed to power 7 million cars for one year.

The storage of bottled water in the home uses up to 2,000 times more energy than tap water.

The environmental impact of bottled water: production, distribution, and consumption are environmentally undesirable as it requires high amounts of energy, produces high amounts of waste, and negatively impacts our environment.

The environmental impact of bottled water: recycling or reusing

Plastic can take up to 1000 years to decompose, but recycling is not the answer.

Recycling has an impact on the environment as the collection and recycling process causes its own pollution.

On the other hand, reuse - or refilling a bottle with tap water - has less of an impact on our environment than recycling because it doesn't require new plastic production or transport, reducing carbon emissions and energy consumption which helps us fight climate change.

Consumers who purchase these bottles are also consuming a lot of plastic. The plastic enters our bodies, waterways, other animals, and the ocean, where fish and other sea creatures ingest plastics, particularly microplastics.

Microplastics are small plastic pieces less than 5mm in size. They have been polluting the ocean environment for decades now, and there is considerable concern about their effects on marine life.

It's estimated that there are more than five trillion microplastics in the world's oceans today. Ocean currents carry these plastics to every corner of the world's oceans, and they can end up in some of the most remote areas on earth. The problem is that these microplastics are not biodegradable.

Conclusion - our dependence on bottled water is harming the environment

The increase in demand for bottled water and the production of plastic bottles has resulted in a significant environmental problem.

In conclusion, we should see what can be done to reduce our environmental impact by ditching Bottled Water and using refillable bottles.

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