The facts about bottled water usage and waste are staggering.  In 2006, Americans drank an average of 167 bottles of water each for a total of 50 billion bottles or $15 billion spent.  Of that total, only 23% was recycled.  Roughly 38 billion disposable plastic water bottles end up in U.S. landfills each year – 100 million every day!   That’s enough, laid end to end, to reach China and back each day.

It’s not just that they are filling up our landfills – it’s also the waste of resources.  The amount of oil we use to produce water bottles, 17 million barrels, could fuel over 1,000,000 cars for an entire year.  Picture a disposable water bottle 1/4 full with petroleum.  That is how much oil it takes to make and distribute a single plastic bottle of water.   One bottle also requires at least three bottles of water to make and distribute and generates about 120 grams of greenhouse gases – enough to fill 12 balloons.

Can we really afford to continue wasting our limited resources this way?  There is an easy solution – drink tap water from a reusable bottle!

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