Fossil Fuel Week: Bottled Water

Looking for another reason not to buy bottled water?

Forget that bottled water costs up to 1,900 times more than tap water.

Forget that the plastic bottles may leach toxic substances.

Forget that the bottled water industry is not regulated as stringently as tap water and numerous studies have found contaminants in bottled water in higher amounts than is allowed in tap water, including everyone’s favorite, fecal matter.

Forget that it takes 3 Liters of water to make 1 Liter of bottled water.

How about this- it is estimated that it takes 17 MILLION barrels of oil to manufacture the plastic bottles used to hold all that bottled water.  That is enough to run more than one million cars for a year! Want another visual? Picture your average bottle of water. Now fill that bottle about 1/4 of the way with oil. That is how much petroleum it took to manufacture that bottle.

Want to reduce our dependence on foreign oil?  Forget “Drill, baby, drill,” try “Tap, baby, tap!”


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