The bottled water industry consumes millions of barrels of oil each year. Oil is used in the production of bottles, transporting water, and the amount of energy consumed in the bottling production of bottled water.
Bottled water is transported by truck, plane and cargo ships around the globe to bottling plants and distribution centers.
2.5 and 5 gallon bottles are made to last. To be used over and over and over. To make this possible, chemical additives have been added to the plastic to make it stronger and more durable. One of those chemicals is bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s. Now after years on the market companies are scrambling to make bottles BPA Free. But, now what happens to all the old BPA bottles? Select the Tab labeled 'BPA?' above for more information on BPA.
Bottled water is warehoused and then shipped to stores and local customers. Consuming even more oil in all those delivery trucks.
Unfortunately not everyone recycles their plastic bottles and they end up in our landfills. These bottles take up precious land fill space. Many states are running out of landfills and have to ship their waste off to other states.