It Takes Up to 3L of Water to Manufacture 1L of Bottled Water

A large pile of half-pint Poland Spring bottles

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What a waste!  According to some estimates, it takes up to 3L of water to manufacture 1L of bottled water.  This, plus liters of petroleum used to produce the PET bottles, bulk of which are not recycled; liters of gasoline to transport the bottled water products; and the health risks that come with drinking from plastic, are major reasons why we shouldn’t drink bottled water anymore.

More information like this can be found on the National Geographic Green Guide entitled “Why Tap Water Is Better Than Bottled Water”.  I still won’t drink tap water because of the chemicals it contains to clean the water but I truly believe DIY filtered tap water is the healthiest and most environmental choice for drinking water.

In honor of Earth Hour and World Water Day, I encourage everyone to start filtering water on your own (regardless of what water filter brand you choose) and use recyclable glass or stainless steel bottles to carry around with you.  You will save yourself and the planet in the long run.

Two more days left until we choose winners for our World Water Day blog giveaway!  Read more here.

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0 Responses to It Takes Up to 3L of Water to Manufacture 1L of Bottled Water

  1. TinC says:

    like! or for those who cannot afford a filter, boil their water. i’m certain that the amount of fuel needed to reach a good boil has less environmental impact than wasting 3L of water and generating more plastic.

    • Thanks Tin! Agree, honestly, I think the bottled water or refilling industry is really going after the masa because they are really the ones who do not have access to clean water.

      Part of me is scared of boiling though. Won’t the chemicals used to clean the water or part of the pipes (chlorine, lead, etc) react to boiling? OC = paranoid!

      • TinC says:

        well, the physician in me says, anything can happen. :) but, WHO (world health org) still recommends boiling water as one of the means of preventing water-borne illnesses.
        removing metals from water is another story. the only way we can remove lead, chlorine, etc is to distill or filter them out. maynilad or nawasa (is it still called this?) should provide its customers with the metal content of the water they provide. because if they are higher than accepted standards, then they should not be in the business of treating and distributing potable water.

  2. TinC says:

    ay, i forgot, the water pala they provide is not really potable, and not reliably safe. :)

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