Bottled Water – The Dirty Truth
BOTTLED WATER – THE DIRTY TRUTH
There is a common misconception that bottled water is cleaner and healthier for both you and the environment. However, that couldn’t be any further from the truth. The truth about bottled water is alot dirtier than we all think.
It is crazy to think that 30 years ago we all drank water from a tap, and we couldn’t fathom buying something that is free. Now 30 years on, through clever marketing and pretty pictures we are all purchasing bottled water, thinking it is far more healthier for us. Do we really know the cost?
COUNT THE COST
In 2015 Australians purchased over 726 millions litres of water. On Average the cost of bottled water in Australia is $2.75 per litre, that is 130 times more that the average cost of fuel per litre!! This means on average in 2015, Australians spent $2 Billion on bottled water.
WHY IS BOTTLED WATER SO EXPENSIVE?
How can bottled water be so expensive if it is a natural free resource? There is quite a process that goes into producing a bottle of water. To produce a bottle of water it needs to be pumped out of the ground, packaged, transported and chilled before it gets to us.
This creates over 60,000 tons of greenhouses gases a year in Australia, add to that the cost of importing the water, which comes from Fiji predominantly and the cost both physically and environmentally adds up very quickly.
In order to manufacture and transport all this bottled water, over 460,000 barrels of oil is needed.
Surely we recycle all these bottles, right? So its not that bad. Wrong! Less than 40% of bottles are recycled, leaving the rest to go into landfill and water ways.
SURLEY BOTTLED WATER IS BETTER FOR YOU – RIGHT?
Where we think bottled water comes from, and where bottled water actually comes from are worlds apart. Marketing companies want you to think that their bottled water comes from clean, peaceful rivers and bubbling mountain brooks as depicted on the bottles. The majority of bottled water actually comes from bore water pumped from the ground at almost zero cost.
8 LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT BOTTLED WATER
- It takes up to 3-7 litres of water and one litre of oil to produce one litre of bottled water.
- A recent Sydney Morning Herald article showed Many taste tests have shown most consumers can’t taste the difference between bottled water and tap water.
- Bottles used to package water take over 1,000 years to bio-degrade and if incinerated, they produce toxic fumes.
- Most water bottles end in landfill.
- The average Australian drinks 30 litres of bottled water per year
- Australians buy more then 118,000 tonnes of plastic drink bottles a year.
- It takes up to 8 years to recoup the cost of a bottle of water by refilling the bottle with tap water.
In summary bottled water isn’t all it is cracked up to be. It is both damaging to the environment and our hip pockets. Coming back to the tap is clearly the better option. Yes, there are still minerals and impurities in tap water, however this can be filtered out with an under sink reverse osmosis filter. The cost of tap water per litre is only 1 cent!! The cost of a quality water filter system fully installed is between $500 and $900.
BOTTLED WATER vs FILTERED TAP WATER
At the end of the day, it usually comes down to the numbers and what it is going to cost us individually. The cost of bottled water per year compared the the cost of filtered tap water from your kitchen is worlds apart. The average Australian consumes around 2 litres of water per day. This is 14 litres per week, 728 litres per year.
COST OF BOTTLED WATER PER YEAR
728 x $2.75 (average cost per litre of bottled water) = $2002
COST OF FILTERED TAP WATER PER YEAR
728 x $0.001 + $100 (replacement filters and servicing) = $828
I know which option I would choose!! If you would like to know more about our water filter systems feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 559 118 to visit our show room and see for yourself.
Adapted from www.coolaustralia.org