Drinking water that is packaged in plastic bottles has more wasteful and harmful than drinking water from the tap. Water bottles left in hot temperatures can release unhealthy chemicals into the plastic into your drink. Using water from the tap can prevent billions of plastic water bottles from harming the earth. Bottled water isn’t a premium as you think. About 25% of water in bottles comes from municipal sources that may come from harmful
I watched “The Story of Bottled Water”. This video’s main goal is to persuade you not to buy bottled water. The producers of the video gave examples showing a bad light on bottled water. One example highlighted how water bottles were sitting in landfills in India and polluting the world. I agree with the fact about how it is bad that the bottles are causing pollution. At another point in the video they said that being seen drinking out of a bottle of water was getting to the same level as being seen smoking while pregnant. I disagree with that statement. I think that is very extreme and just not true. My opinion on this topic after watching the video is that the problem is not the bottles of water and their companies, it is the factories in India that are not actually recycling the bottles. That seems to be the main problem.
Plastic bottle tops aren’t recyclable, so they almost PET requires a huge amount of fossil fuels to create, and for a single-use bottle, that is a lot of fuel to burn. Despite the huge mass of water bottles, most of them aren’t recycled because only certain types can be recycled. Most bottles usually end up in the ocean or landfills, leaving dangerous chemicals all around our environment. They are also invading our clean society, with litter in parks, streets, sidewalks, etc. Even if you chop them up into tiny pieces, they still take longer than a human lifetime to decompose.
There are many impacts that bottled water has on the environment. The choice of packaging determines many impacts. The bottles, which are either plastic, aluminum, or glass, that are not recycled are thrown into landfills and buried. According to the Container Recycling Institute, 86% of plastic water bottles in the United States become garbage. If water bottlers would have used 10% recycled materials in their plastic bottles in 2004, they would have saved the equivalent of 72 million gallons of gasoline. If they used 25%, they would have saved enough energy to power more than 680,000 homes for a year (Jemmott, 2008). Incinerating used bottles produces toxins such as chlorine gas and ash. Water bottles that get buried can take up to thousands of years to biodegrade. The most common type of plastic is polyethylene
Water bottles are a staple in today’s society. In his article, “Costly water: Bottled and Sold: The History Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water,” author Martin W. Lewis quotes Peter H. Gleick when he says that, “Consumers buy bottled water for four main reasons: safety, taste, style, and convenience,” and he’s absolutely right (Par. 9). Bottled water is cleaner, healthier, and more convenient than tap water. More people are more apt to grab a bottle of water on the go, rather than fill a reusable bottle from the sink. It’s just easy. At least, that’s what we are led to believe. Bottled water is constantly in battle with its not-so-lavish counterpart, tap water. Some will even argue that the benefits of bottled water alone outweigh the cost. They, however, do not. The fact is, water bottles have plagued society for years and have become a growing menace to our environment and our people.
One of the plastics that are used everyday are plastic bottles. Approximately 185 pounds of plastic are thrown away each year by the average american. Some of these plastics are plastic water bottles. Each year americans throw away 35 billion plastic water bottles. These plastic bottles end up in landfills or the ocean. When they reach
Have you ever considered what is happening to all the plastic bottles you use? According to "Bottled Water: The Wrong Choice paragraph 2" it states, that when plastic bottles are made we are using more fossil fuels. By doing this we are damaging environment!
Bottled Water Versus Cost According to The Water Project, “Bottles used to package water take over 1,000 years to bio-degrade and if incinerated, they produce toxic fumes. It is estimated that over 80% of all single-use water bottles used in the U.S. simply become ‘litter’” (“Bottled Water is Wasteful”). This fact is not the only reason I believe that bottled water does not outweigh its costs. Although statistics show that bottled water is efficient, there are many reasons to believe otherwise.
First, all water is the same, it does the same job as any other water you get and put into your body. “People need to drink more water. The consumption of water, whether from the bottle or the tap, is a good thing and supports people’s pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.” says the Bottled Water Association. So whether or not the water comes from the tap or a process factory, it should not matter because in the end all water should be the same. It is silly that people think that bottled water shouldn’t be used. Bottled water is just the same as tap or any other water besides unprocessed, salt water, or dirty/contaminated water. It nourishes our body the same way and humans need to see that it all does the
Introduction Obsession may be the word used to describe American’s outlook towards bottled water. Many people buy it without thinking twice while others are thoughtful about the product. However, the use of bottled water establishes a challenge worth a discussion. As Susan Freinkel and Peter Gleick illustrate in their books, the use of plastic bottled water has birthed several consequences, which are not only economic but also environmental.
Bottled water is probably the biggest scandal since Jordan Belfort was a penny stock broker. We pay extra for something that is convenientconvnant for us, but inturn is hurting ourare planet. We try to help by recycling, but still 38 billion plastic bottles made it to the landfills in 2010
The Bottled Water Problem Introduction Most of Americans today prefer drinking from bottled water other than regular tap water. Bottled water is definitely more efficient and more reliable than tap water in many ways because it is easy to carry around. The problem with bottled water is that even though it is very easy to carry around, it is also very easy to dispose of. According to the International Bottled Water Association, the consumption increased 4.1 percent in 2011 alone. Furthermore, a report by the Earth Policy Institute (EPI) says that the consumption of bottled water doubled worldwide between 1999 and 2004. People throw away the bottled water so easily and the plastic that it is made of has many chemicals that can hurt the environment. The Bottled Water: Friend or Foe article says “Bottled water also damages the environment because the bottles become unnecessary garbage and require large quantities of energy to be produced.” There is two types of chemicals that are harmful, phthalates and biphenyl-A, they are mainly used to make the plastic flexible. Bottled water is damaging to the environment, has many health risks, and is a waste of fossil fuels that can be used for something else more important than just making simple bottles to contain water.
Water Bottle Waste “One of the biggest challenges facing the bottled water industry is how to respond to the environmental claims levelled against it” (Grocer). Every time someone throws a bottle away, they have taken up more space in a landfill for the next four hundred fifty to one thousand
Production and Distribution: Plastic water bottles are considered one of the healthiest beverages you can find in any shop. But are they really all that healthy for the environment, or is there a fine line between a plastic bottled water drink and what’s best for everyone? Let’s take a look at bottled water from the very start to find out. To manufacture plastic bottles, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is used, and to produce PET, crude oil and natural gas is required. If one fills a plastic water bottle 1/4th full with oil, they will be looking at how much oil was used to make that one bottle, so how much oil does it take to make all of America’s water bottles? According to the Pacific Institute, in 2006, making plastic water bottles
Plastic water bottles are seen and consumed everywhere. Without knowing the deadly effects that water bottles have on the environment, consumers will keep buying them and contribute to the problem. About 17 million barrels of oil are used each year solely to make water bottles