One of the biggest environmental crises facing the world is water scarcity – some studies say that 1 out of 8 people do not have access to clean drinking water.
Places like California, which is the bread basket of the United States has dried up so much that in some places there are laws in place against watering lawns. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be affecting the sales of bottled water – they are higher than ever.
Many people do not trust the water that comes from their taps and with good reason – although it is treated it still has impurities and chemicals. Instead, they buy water in plastic bottles.
If you are one of those people think of the following environmental consequences of bottled water:
- It takes a plastic bottle more than 1,000 years to disintegrate and when it does it leaches into soil. Burning is not a solution either – it produces toxic fumes into the atmosphere. Almost all plastic water bottles end up lying around as waste and many find their way to the ocean. There are locations in the high seas where these bottles form square miles of flotilla.
- Some may think that recycling is the answer but it is not – you can only recycle plastic that is made out of PET. Even when you put your bottles in the recycling bin they just end up in a landfill. In fact, landfills in the US alone contain more than 2 million tons of plastic water bottles.
- It takes lots and lots of oil to meet the demand for plastic bottles. It also takes oil to transport them. This has a huge effect in terms of green house gases.
- It takes 3 litres of water to package just one litre.
So what is the solution?
The best thing to do is make the water in your home safe to drink by using ZeroWater water filter jugs.
They are cheaper than buying bottled water – for less than £25 you will get a ZeroWater water filter jug that will last you a long time.
All you have to change from time to time is the filters themselves and these only cost a little money.
You can see them on https://zerowater.co.uk/.