You already know how nuts it makes us that we consume so much bottled water – and so many plastic bottles. As a country, we consume 29 BILLION plastic water bottles per year. And at a retail price of $1.25 for a 20-ounce bottle of Dasani, that’s $8 per gallon – more than twice as expensive as a gallon of gas. Have we gone crazy?
Not only that, but making the bottles takes petroleum. Here’s the simplest way to think about it. Fill a plastic bottle one-quarter full of oil: that’s how much of the gunk it took to make the bottle alone. And that’s not the end of the story: the water gets shipped from distant places, including – of all places – the Fiji Islands, using that much more oil. And once your bottle is in the land fill, it leaches chemicals into the soil and ground water for generations.