The recent decision by France to ban non-compostable plastic plates, cups and utensils has again put the plastics industry under the spotlight. This law follows the ban on common plastic bags in July. Water in plastic bottles is also under scrutiny in regions like Ontario, where a two year moratorium is being proposed to halt the expansion of bottled water operations.
Why is water in plastic bottles such an issue? There are a number of reasons:
- Manufacture – PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles are most commonly used for water. PET bottles are made from crude oil and it can take up to 3L of water to produce a 1L bottle !!!
- Transportation – bottled water uses more fossil fuels in being transported to your supermarket. Worse still, some brands are shipped from around the world, incurring more food miles and pollution.
- Cost – compared to water from your tap, bottled water can cost 500 to over 1000 times more. You are paying for the plastic, not the water.
- Landfill – some plastic bottles take up to 1000 years to break down. As litter, they often end up killing marine life, who mistake the plastic for food.
So, what can you do?
- Avoid water from plastic bottles if possible
- If that is unavoidable, recycle or reuse the bottle
- Use a reverse osmosis filter in your home or business
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