Water, Water Everywhere…
Bottled water — it's become one of the most popular packaged beverages on the planet, second in popularity in North America only to carbonated soft drinks, and consumption of it continues to grow rapidly around the world.
Plastic bottles require massive amounts of fossil fuels to manufacture and transport, and billions of these bottles wind up in landfills every year. Not only does bottled water lead to unbelievable pollution — with old bottles lying all over the place — but the plastic has chemicals in it.
An astonishing one-fifth of the populations of Canada and the United States drink bottled water exclusively, and the United States consumes the most bottled water on the planet (33.4 billion litres per year).
In Canada, bottled water consumption was estimated at 24.4 litres per person in 1999. By 2005, that had increased to about 60 litres per person, with sales worth $652.7 million.
Without a doubt, the huge volume of discarded plastic bottles has a substantial negative impact on the environment.
You can make a difference — take action today to support efforts to reduce the social and environmental impacts of bottled water by using reusable and recyclable water containers such as SIGG, Klean Kanteen or Pics.