Learn to Live More Sustainably – One Step at-a-time

Do you really need to use bottled water at home and at the office?  Bottled water isn’t necessarily cleaner or better for you than tap water – in fact, often it is tap water that’s been filtered.  You can do the same thing by using a Brita pitcher or installing a filter on your faucet.  You’re already paying a substantial sum to get clean tap water, so you might as well drink it.  And what about when you’re out?  Get a reusable container (readily available at local stores, including Whole Foods) and fill it with tap water.  Or check your cabinets – you probably already have one!

Environmental Costs for Plastic Water Bottles:

  • Wasting Water: Including making the bottle, it takes an estimated 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
  • Trash – most water bottles are not recycled, and end up in landfills, incinerated or in waterways: Americans use more than 73 billion half-liter plastic water bottles each year, but only about 1/3 are recycled. In 2013, an estimated 2 million tons of PET was wasted.
  • Fossil fuels – plastic water bottles are made out of oil:   The Pacific Institute estimated that in 2006, bottling water in the U.S. required the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of oil, not including the energy to transport them.  (Note: This is even higher now, since Americans are using even more plastic bottles.)

Sources:

Environmental Working Group (EWG), Five Reasons to Skip Bottled Water, 2013

EPA Fact Sheet 2014

Container Recycling Institute, Plastic Facts and Statistics

Other reasons:

Learn more about other easy ways to live more sustainably on our Green Tips – Here’s How page

Check out information about our GO GREEN Needham campaign and about ways that you can participate – Reducing and/or eliminating bottled water is a “Zero Waste” action on this page – get started with your plan to “GO GREEN”!

GO GREEN Needham – Here’s How: Say No to Bottled Water
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