Now that we’re in the hottest month of the year, staying hydrated is crucial. Often times, it seems easiest and most convenient to rely on individual disposable water bottles for your hydration source. However, disposable bottled water is costing us money, our health, and our environment. Here are some facts and reasons for why you should start carrying a reusable safe plastic, stainless steel, or glass water bottle instead: 

Facts about Bottled Water:

  • Americans consume over 9.1 billion gallons of bottle water yearly and 1,500 water bottles are consumed every second in the U.S.
  • Only 27% of disposable water bottles are recycled. Around 38 billion bottles end up in landfills each year, or about 4.3 million every hour.
  • Plastic water bottles take between 400 to 1,000 years to decompose. However, plastic photodegrades rather than biodegrading, meaning that it breaks down into smaller fragments that contaminate soil, water bodies, and animals.
  • Some of the chemicals, including antimony, used to make the plastic bottles can leach into the water and have been shown to cause dizziness, depression, nausea, and possibly cancer.
  • In a study of 1,000 brands of bottled water, results showed that one third of the bottled waters violated the industry standards for water quality. In a study of 103 brands, one fifth of the brands contained synthetic chemicals.
  • Each year, 17 million barrels of oil are used to produce plastic bottles, which is enough to fuel 1 million cars. When the energy used to process, transport, and refrigerate bottled water are factored in, a total of 50 million barrels of oil are used by the water bottling industry each year.
  • The energy used to bottle water could be used to power 190,000 homes each year.
  • Every square mile of the ocean has over 46,000 pieces of floating plastic in it.
  • 10% of the plastic produced worldwide each year, ends up in the ocean.
  • Approximately 25% of all bottled water is actually just tap water, regardless of what it says on the bottle. And around 18% of bottles fail to list the water source, while 32% neglect to provide the treatment information.