Bottled water is evil to the environment. Why?
- The manufacture of plastic consumes oil and energy, AND water. Ironic, yes?
- Transporting oil to the plastic factory consumes more oil in the form of petroleum, and produces pollution.
- Transporting the finished plastic bottles to the bottling factory is the same
- The manufacture of cardboard, like paper consumes trees. The environmental impact on trees and forest areas is lessen these days from increased recycling and from using plantation trees.
- Nonetheless, the manufacturing process consumes energy which today is still mostly generated from fossil fuels like coal and gas.
- Transporting the finished cardboard to the bottling factory consumes fuel and produces pollution.
The Bottling and Distribution
- The bottling and packaging process consumes energy – from filling the empty bottles, to capping and sealing them, to packaging them up in cardboard boxes, and to loading them onto trucks, trains and ships.
- The distribution of the finished product from bottling factory to wholesalers, from wholesalers to retailers, and from retailers to the consumer – every part of that process involves transportation of some form. All of which consumes fossil fuels and pollutes.
- Using Evian as an example: water that is bottled on the south shore of Lake Geneva and then trucked, flown or shipped to destinations all over the world. All while a free alternative is available to most of us, and which retails at a price more than the same amount of petroleum – ludicrous!
Yes, all of the above are typical of all manufactured goods. Being a modern day consumer means using the Earth’s resources and polluting the environment. I’m not naive.
But drinking bottled water is the one single behaviour that we can change easily, and by doing so reduces our carbon foot print greatly. Think about that the next time you are buying bottled water that will be consumed at home or at the office.
Unless the water coming out of your household tap is unsanitary or hard, or if you are out and about and drinking water is hard to come by, drinking bottled water is wasteful and unnecessary.
If it’s a matter of taste, a water dispenser may seem like a better alternative but that still involves trucks carting around big bottles of water to your home and office, water that is close to what you can get from the tap which by the way, requires the least amount of energy to get to you. Therefore, a much better solution is a permanent reusable filter on the kitchen tap.
Drinking clean water shouldn’t cost the earth, figuratively and literally.