The Negative Environmental Impact of Bottled Water

Disposable water bottles can be very convenient—but that convenience comes at a high cost. Not only can plastic bottles contain harmful chemicals like BPA that damage your health, they also have a highly negative impact on the environment.

This infographic from breaks down some important facts and statistics related to plastic water bottle production and consumption. Here are a few of the highlights.

  • It takes 17 million barrels of oil to create one year’s worth of bottled water.
  • The water bottling process releases 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually.
  • Each year, 38 billion water bottles end up in U.S. landfills.
  • Plastic waste washes into the ocean and kills 1.1 million marine creatures each year.
  • Bottled water is tested for microbes and other pollutants 4 times less than tap water.

The good news is that reusable water bottles (like those available on this page) are a safer, more eco-friendly alternative. If you’re having trouble deciding which type of bottle to go with, this infographic also illustrates the pros and cons of each category.


The Negative Environmental Impact of Bottled Water

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