More and more Australians today are drinking single-use bottled water. Those who are always on the go appreciate the convenience and accessibility of bottled water. They are spared from having to carry heavy water bottles around and the responsibility of having to refill these with water.
But did you know that the convenience and accessibility of single-use bottled water come at a cost?
Bottled water produces more waste
Single-use water bottles contribute to landfill. In fact, according to a 2010 report by Clean Up Australia, one in ten items found on Clean Up Australia Day were related to plastic bottled water. And these water bottles stay, well, almost forever: because it takes 1,000 years for plastic bottles to break down, they linger on in landfills and in water, oftentimes killing marine life.
It’s not only the usage of bottled water that hurts the environment. Its production, from start to finish, has tremendous impact on the environment. According to nonprofit eco organization Do Something, the process of producing and delivering a litre of bottled water emits a hundred times more greenhouse gases than the production and delivery of tap water.