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Say no to bottled water

So no to bottled water.Water is essential for health as it is required for most body functions. It is generally known that we need to drink at least eight glasses of water per day, but have you ever considered that where you get your water from can make a difference to the environment? Bottled water continues to increase in popularity, meaning that the number of plastic bottles ending up in landfill also increases. Australians only recycle 36% of plastic drink bottles.(1) However plastic drink bottles do damage to our environment before they even end up in landfill. The production, transport and storage of these bottles produce the same amount of greenhouse gases every year as 13,000 cars on the road.(2) Every litre of bottled water takes 250mL of oil and 3-5L of water to produce.(3)

It’s not just the cost to the environment that’s high:

  • Australians will spend $500 million on bottled water this year.(4)
  • You may spend up to $2.50 on a 600ml bottle of water, however did you know that you could refill that bottle once a day for eight and a half years with tap water before it cost you this amount!(5)
  • Over 90% of the cost of a water bottle can be traced back to the bottle, lid and label.(6)
  • The price of petrol is regularly in the news, but the cost per litre of bottled water is usually much higher- yet Australians continue to pay it.

The Dietitian’s Association of Australia has released a statement saying that they do not believe bottling water is good practice when Australia has a safe water supply. (7) Australia has some of the safest tap water available in the world and for a minute fraction of the cost of bottled water.
So buy yourself a reusable metal or plastic bottle to refill with tap water. Some people may choose to install a filter system on their tap at home or get a smaller filter for their drink bottle. If you do purchase bottled water, be sure to recycle it when you’ve finished with it.

For more information go to the Go Tap website (formerly the Bottled Water Alliance).

References

  1. Bottled Water Alliance. Bottled water research [internet]. 2010 [cited 2010 July 12]. Available from: www.bottledwateralliance.com.au/en/Did%20you%20know/Research.aspx
  2. Bottled Water Alliance. Bottled water research [internet]. 2010 [cited 2010 July 12]. Available from: www.bottledwateralliance.com.au/en/Did%20you%20know/Research.aspx
  3. Australian Conservation Foundation. (2010). Is bottled water a problem for the environment? [internet]. 2010 [cited 2010 July 7]. Available from: www.acfonline.org.au/articles/news.asp?news_id=2114#17
  4. Bottled Water Alliance. Bottled water research [internet]. 2010 [cited 2010 July 12]. Available from: www.bottledwateralliance.com.au/en/Did%20you%20know/Research.aspx
  5. White S. Breaking the bottled water habit. G-Magazine[internet]. 2010 [cited 2010 July 12]. Available from: www.gmagazine.com.au/features/355/breaking-bottled-water-habit
  6. Bottled Water Alliance. Bottled water research [internet]. 2010 [cited 2010 July 12]. Available from: www.bottledwateralliance.com.au/en/Did%20you%20know/Research.aspx
  7. Dietitian’s Association of Australia. Bottled Water [internet]. 2010 [cited 2010 July 13]. Available from: www.daa.asn.au/index.asp?pageID=2145876971
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