Are you aware of the environmental danger of plastic water bottles?
Did you know that an estimated 100 million tons of plastic debris have accumulated in two areas of the Pacific Ocean that together are larger than the continental United States? (These areas are aptly called the Eastern and Western Rubbish Patches.) There is so much plastic, that it outnumbers the zooplankton six to one.
Plastic, like diamonds, are forever.
It doesn't biodegrade and no naturally occurring organisms can break it down. Plastic photo-degrades, which means that sunlight breaks it down into smaller and smaller pieces. Those small pieces drift in the ocean and are mistaken for food by fish and birds. Seabirds are often found dead with innards full of plastic. Sea turtles mistake plastic bags for food and are often found dead with their intestines clogged by plastic bags. Sadly, 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals die each year due to ingestion of or entanglement in plastics.
Environmental Impact of Bottled Water
1) American consumption requires more than 17 million barrels of oil... not including the energy for transportation
2) Bottling the water produced more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide
3) It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water
4) The Container Recycling Institute reports 86% of plastic water bottles become garbage
5) Incinerating the used bottles produces toxic byproducts
"By the very action of buying and consuming bottled water, we are adding to the growing water shortage."